Importance Of Identity Marginalization

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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
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I have a unique opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills in ethnography under Dr. David Snow’s guidance in the ethnographic research methods course. Moreover, UCI sociology offers courses in advanced regression modeling that uses the UCI Merge Dataset, a collection of cross-national dataset complied by graduate students and faculty. The exposure to and training in using various datasets and research methods that UCI sociology offers would greatly benefit the development of my quantitative and qualitative research knowledge and skills. This in turn will prepare me for my dissertation research project investigating the development of pan-ethnic Asian identities in the United States and East Asia through intermarriage, where I intend to incorporate original survey and interview data as well as analysis of nationally representative datasets of two or more countries. Taken together, UCI sociology’s emphasis on theoretically informed and empirically grounded scholarship coupled with a broad range of faculty expertise in theory, substantive fields, and research methods provides necessary trainings I need to examine the production of inequality based on nuanced differences of identities across gender, race, ethnicity, and …show more content…
My ultimate goal is to obtain a tenure-track position at a public research university where I intend to devise scholarship that will inform scholars of race, ethnicity, and sexuality and the general public about the unique identities and needs of racial and sexual minorities and contribute to empower them. Participation in the American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program (ASA MFP) would help me achieve this goal with the unique opportunities it offers to develop sharp theoretical and methodological insights and skills for a research career with the support of a dynamic, diverse, and pioneering community of scholars who have benefited from the program previously. Furthermore, the ASA MFP and its community of successful scholars provide valuable resources for me to pursue a research career as a scholar of racial and sexual minority statuses while confronting many social barriers in sociology and academia as well as the larger

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