Organized Panel Session
This panel attempts to advance our knowledge in transnationalism, immigration, and mobility via three presentations focus on Korean transnationalism. Collectively, the diversity in discipline, research topic, and method in this panel are expected to make novel contributions to transnationalism study. The first presentation examines the relationship between leisure participation and subjective well-being of parents of Korean transnational-split families (KTSF) in the U.S. An OLS regression modeling showed that education, income, American cultural identity, English proficiency, and leisure hours spent with Koreans were positively associated with their well-being. The findings are consistent with the existing acculturation and leisure literature and suggest that leisure can alleviate the stress of living in the foreign country. The second presentation uses a multi-sited ethnographic stance to explore how transnational identities of second-generation Korean immigrant children shift and/or remain across geographic boundaries as they engage in transnational sojourning experiences. The findings illustrate the dynamicity and fluidity of children’s transnational identities shaped and reinforced by an array of transnational practices, particularly in relation to the people, places, and moving across national borders. The third presentation employs posthumanist theories of affect to explore ideas of and desires for educational success among recent Korean Geese mothers in the U.S. Using in-depth interview data, it illustrates multiple and hidden dimensions of Korean Geese mothers’ perspectives on and efforts for their children’s educational success. Through these nuances, the findings challenge the dominant narrative and stereotype associated with Asian immigrant women as “devoted mothers” or “tiger mothers” who overemphasize children’s educational attainments.