1.5

After last week’s struggle, came this week’s breakthrough.

Well, perhaps “breakthrough” is a bit strong. But I did  learn a new term: 1.5

The term 1.5 is used to describe immigrants who moved to the United States when their young, they are in between first and second generations and may operate in the middle space balancing traditions with their new lives in America.

My subject was Ed Kahng, a now 57-year-old who has lived in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs since he was 13.

You can read more about his story here.

Over all, I think this was interesting and I’d always planned to do an interview a second-generation subject to see how their lives are and what traditions, if any, that they hold dear from Korean culture but this random stumble was worth it. I learned a new term and made a new connection into the immigrant population.

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