Identity Marginalization Motivate My Study Of Racial And Sexual Minorities

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My experiences of identity marginalization motivate my study of racial and sexual minorities. Growing up as a 1.5 generation Korean-American lesbian going back and forth between the white-dominated United States and male-dominated Confucius South Korean society, I struggled with people continuously doubting my abilities and potentials as an individual based on my race, gender, and sexuality. As a sociologist in training, I recognize that the “unfair treatments” I endured as an ethnoracial and sexual minority are part of the larger, complex social mechanisms fueled by power struggles and sociocultural forces. These experiences shape my scholarly identity and interests in culture, race/ethnicity, and sexuality.
I chose to enter the sociology graduate program at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) because of its unique theoretical, substantive, and methodological emphases. My interdisciplinary humanities background in gender studies led to the development of my research interests in race, ethnicity, immigration, and culture. UCI sociology hosts leading experts in these fields and provides diverse curricula that assist my theoretical development as a scholar focusing on racial and sexual minority populations. I currently have the privilege of working with my faculty mentor and advisor, Dr. Jennifer Lee, who is a leader, role model, and a source of inspiration and guidance. As a race, immigration, and culture scholar actively engaged in research of structural and cultural…

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