By Pyong Gap Min

during this unflinching exploration of 1 of the main politically charged subject matters of our time, Pyong hole Min investigates the racial dynamics that exist among Korean retailers, the African American neighborhood, and white society quite often. targeting hostility towards Korean retailers in manhattan and la, Min explains how the "middleman" financial function Koreans usually occupy—between low-income, minority consumers at the one hand and massive company providers at the other—leads to conflicts with different teams. additional, Min indicates how ethnic conflicts develop ties inside of Korean groups as Koreans manage to guard themselves and their businesses.

Min scrutinizes the focusing on of Korean companies throughout the 1992 la riots and the 1990 African American boycotts of Korean shops in Brooklyn. He explores Korean retailers' relationships with one another in addition to with Latin American staff, Jewish providers and landlords, and govt organisations. In each one case, his nuanced research unearths how Korean groups reply to common scapegoating via collective motion, political mobilization, and different strategies.

Fluent in Korean, Min attracts from formerly unutilized resources, together with Korean American newspapers and in-depth interviews with immigrants. His findings belie the media's sensationalistic insurance of African American-Korean conflicts. in its place, Caught within the Middle yields a worldly and clear-sighted knowing of the lives and demanding situations of immigrant retailers in America.

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