That's just one of the findings Monika Stodolska reports in "Establishment Problems and Leisure Behavior of Adolescent Immigrants from Korea, Mexico and Poland," a paper she presented at the 10th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research in Edmonton, Canada, May 22-25. The paper is based on a qualitative study conducted by Stodolska, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduate student Jouyeon Yi.
Stodolska and Yi conducted in-depth interviews with 39 first-generation immigrants from Korea, Mexico and Poland. Stodolska's recent presentation focused on a subset of 16 immigrants between the ages of 14 and 22 who emigrated to the United States as children or teen-agers. The study represents the first phase of a larger project that will include survey responses from 1,500 immigrants of all ages.
While the volume of research on leisure of racial and ethnic minorities including immigrant populations has been growing in recent years, the Illinois professor said only a handful of these studies have isolated problems faced by adolescent immigrants. And, she said, those have targeted specific populations and "have been thematically isolated and largely descriptive in nature."
"We believe that there is a need to move beyond this phase by attempting to discover patterns that can be generalized to all immigrant groups while at the same time isolating unique characteristics of certain minorities." So far, patterns have definitely emerged in the Illinois study. Among them: