Food Habits of Korean Immigrants Living at Pacific Coast Areas by Length of Residence

  • Park Young Sook (Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Soonchunhyang University) ;
  • Barr Su San (Department of Food and Nutrition, University of British Columbia)
  • Published : 2005.03.01


A convenience samples of Korean-Canadian/American adults who lived in Pacific coast areas, were studied in 2000. Total of 130 adults of 37 ($29\%$) from Vancouver, 45 ($35\%$) from San Jose and 47 ($36\%$) from Los Angeles were analyzed by length of residence, as the shorter residence group resided for less than 20 years and the longer residence group resided for 20 years or more. It was observed that the Korean-Canadians/Americans, who resided there for almost two decades, still kept Korean foods and food-patterns very strongly, even though parents' generation showed less acculturated food patterns than children's generation. In spite of those practices, they gave high values mostly on their dietary acculturation and on educating their children about diets. However the longer residence group showed slightly less positive acculturation attitudes than the shorter one. Therefore the longer abroad seemed to make immigrants more for their children to keep dietary traditions. It is recommended that length of residence should be considered when planning dietary foodservices at nursing care systems for Korean Canadians/Americans.