KACA for NCA: Paper Session Schedule

Korean American Communication Association Paper Session

Sponsor: Korean American Communication Association
Fri, 11/18: 11:00 AM  – 12:15 PM
Sheraton New Orleans
Room: Estherwood – Fourth Floor
Papers related to all areas of Korean and/or Korean-American communication are welcome. The KACA embraces all theoretical and methodological approaches to research. The submission of papers pursuing the convention theme “Voice” is encouraged.


Seok Kang, University of Texas, San Antonio  – Contact Me
Eun-Ho Yeo, Plymouth State University  – Contact Me


Eungjun Min, Rhode Island College  – Contact Me


Korean American Communication Association


Comforting Messages for Korean Breast Cancer Patients: Recipients’ and Providers’ Perspectives

This study examined the helpfulness of comforting messages from the standpoints of message providers (health care professionals and general publics) and message recipients (breast cancer patients) in the context of breast cancer in Korea. Overall, the recipients considered the messages more helpful than did the providers. The recipients also perceived the same message differently depending on its provider. There was also an interaction effect between the message provider type and communicator type. From a theoretical perspective, this study underscores the importance of the transactional approach in supportive communication research, and, from a practical perspective, the study will provide valuable information on comforting messages that help breast cancer patients ease their psychological burden.


Hyegyu Lee, Michigan State University  – Contact Me


Hanna Joo, Michigan State University  – Contact Me
Hee Sun Park, Michigan State University  – Contact Me

Cultural Participation and Stronger Community Life: Multilevel Analysis of Participation in Community Organizations and Cultural Events as an Indicator of Strong Community Belonging and Local Storytelling Network

Active participation in community organizations and cultural events is a strong indicator of resident’s sense of belonging to the community and integration into local storytelling network. The communication infrastructure theory (CIT) provides a useful framework to understand the contextual effects of resident’s participation in community-based cultural events as a part of larger communication environments in the community-building process and civic engagement. This study examines the processes that two community-based events, the Fiestas Patrias and the Korean Festival, undertake in order to play key roles in local storytelling networks that are associated with establishing and strengthening the connections between two ethnic community residents and local organizations and, as a result, increasing a member’s integration into the community, a necessary step to increasing the civic engagement. I will look at 1) which cultural practices help local events become an integral part of the storytelling network and, as a result, 2) how storytelling roles as undertaken by community organizations and cultural events affect community members’ civic engagement and sense of belonging to their neighborhoods in regard to the CIT perspective. Linear regression analyses of surveys conducted with Korean American and Latino community participants illustrate that active participation in local events enhance a sense of belonging and engagement in their community by connecting them to other residents through meso level local storytelling networks. It is congruent with the CIT that community-based local events as local storytelling agents bridge the geo-ethnic immigrant communities and local community media and organizations and, as a result, reinforce community engagement in the neighborhood.


Yujung Nam, University of Southern California  – Contact Me

Radio Korea as the Community Guard Dog: Frame Analysis of Radio Korea’s Emergency Broadcasting During the 1992 Los Angeles Riot

Radio Korea, as the community guard dog, broadcast an “open-gate” form of wall-to-wall live coverage of looting of Korea Town during the Los Angeles riot of 1992. This study analyzes recording of actual radio programs and identify social system maintenance function that ethnic language radio station played during the crisis. More specifically, the present study will analyze Radio Korea’s coverage of the riot to identify frames, such as: 1) “command post” frame, 2) resource mobilization frame 3) diagnose frame 4) moral judgment frame and 5) remedy frame; and discusses the significance of ethnic language media during the crisis.


Taehyun Kim, California State University, Northridge  – Contact Me

TV News Coverage of Dementia from 2000 to 2009: The Case of South Korea (Top Paper)

This study examines Korean TV news coverage of dementia from 2000 to 2009. A total of 1,153 transcripts of TV news reports on dementia were obtained from four Korean TV networks (three broadcast networks and one 24-hour news channel) and examined. The results of the content analysis of the episodic/thematic frames for dementia, issues, and sources indicate that the four networks were significantly more likely to use the episodic frame than the thematic frame. The most frequently covered topics were prevention, causes, facts about dementia, and signs, whereas the least covered ones were celebrities, health insurance, personal stories, and treatment methods. For sources of information, the networks were more likely to depend on doctors/researchers and politicians/government officials than on patients. The cross-tabulation results for the episodic/thematic frames, issues, and sources indicate that the episodic frame was closely related to issues such as causes, prevention, and signs and sources such as doctors/researchers, whereas the thematic frame was closely related to issues such as policies and medical/nursing facilities and sources such as politicians/government officials. Practical and policy implications of the findings and some avenues for future research are addressed.
Keywords: Dementia, Content Analysis, Episodic/Thematic Frames, Dementia Issues, News Sources


Eun-Gyuhl Bae, University of Southern California  – Contact Me


Hyuhn-Suhck Bae, Yeungnam University  – Contact Me

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