Interracial Contact Experience during Recreational Basketball and Soccer
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This study employed intergroup contact hypothesis to investigate Korean Americans' interracial contact experiences within the context of recreational sports. Interviews with 15 Korean American males revealed that they held various perceptions toward the presence of contact hypothesis' optimal conditions. Their perceptions were largely influenced by six key factors: (1) skill level of participants,(2) racial stereotypes, (3) physical attributes of participants, (4) language proficiency, (5) play climate or culture within recreational sport settings, and (6) longevity of contact. Although most informants believed that interracial contact during recreational sports contributes to harmonious interracial relations, they also felt that optimal conditions need not be present for positive interracial contact to occur.Copyright © 2013 National Recreation and Park Association.
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