Jae Won “Jake” Sim

Intergenerational Trauma and Cultural (Re)Connection in Korean-American Young Adults

Past research shows an alarming phenomenon in which Asian-American young adults are suffering uniquely high suicide rates and risk of deadly mental health complications. In disaggregating that data more specifically with Korean Americans (KA), evidence suggests that there may be even more risk due to cultural, societal, and political issues in both Korea and in the US, past and present. In my research, I look into the question of what leads to such high suicide rates in KA young men. Specifically, I will utilize in depth interviews with 20 participants in convenience and snowball sampling to examine the role of intergenerational trauma and cultural (re)connection in mental health complications among 1.5 and 2nd generation KA young adult males and how connecting to culture, roots and heritage can provide a path to care. I hope to deepen culturally specific understanding of KA young male mental health to aid in coping with their unique predicaments.

Message to Sponsor

Thank you so much for your donation that makes this all possible! I have been wanting to pursue this research project for a while, but it is much harder to commit time without having the funding for it and feeling a need to take up my time working on other things. Thanks to this scholarship, I will be able to dedicate my coming summer fully to my research and am so excited and grateful for the opportunity.
  • Major: Ethnic Studies
  • Sponsor: Pergo Fund
  • Mentor: Carolyn Chen