This paper discusses the political engagement of second-generation Korean Americans in formal politics, including naturalization, voter registration and turnout, and party affiliation. Drawing from the results of in-depth follow-up interviews conducted with a subsample of second-generation Korean Americans who were randomly chosen to participate in the 1998 New York Second-Generation Survey, the paper describes the views, in their own words, of second-generation Korean Americans toward politics, particularly their reasons for participating in electoral politics. Also included are their views on becoming naturalized, registering to vote, and endorsing a particular political party and candidate. The results illustrate a degree of complexity and nuance to conventional discussions of determinants of political behavior among Korean and Asian Americans. In addition, the results provide insights into the politics of second-generation Koreans who are gaining greater visibility and presence in national and local politics.
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