Korean American Males' Serious Leisure Experiences and Their Perceptions of Different Play Styles Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined Koreans Americans' serious leisure experience with different racial groups. Interviews were conducted with 15 Korean male basketball and soccer players. A key finding was that participants recognized different styles of play between Korean Americans and other racial groups. While some participants cared little about other players' race/ethnicity, other participants played exclusively with Korean Americans and preserved or promoted their ethnic identity. While Stebbins (1982) argues that serious leisure provides eight durable benefits, our findings suggest self-identification may be another durable benefit, at least among ethnic and/or racial minorities. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, K. J., Dunlap, R., & Scott, D.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Lee, Kangjae Jerry||Dunlap, Rudy||Scott, David

publication date

  • January 2011