Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Social Science


School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure


Faculty of Business and Public Management

First Supervisor

Associate Professor Francis Lobo


This study investigated the patterns of and constraints to leisure participation of Korean immigrants in Western Australia. The socioeconomic and demographic attributes of Korean immigrants were examined using descriptive statistical methods and their effects on leisure participation were rigorously analysed using quantitative techniques, based on data that were collected from Korean immigrants in Western Australia. The study showed that Korean immigrants participated in more passive leisure activities such as home-based ones. Participation in more active or western style leisure activities especially sports was found to be considerably low. The study also looked at which variables could explain the change in leisure participation patterns after migration, using regression analysis. The results showed that only limited variables such as age or gender were found to affect the change in leisure participation significantly. Another issue pursued in this study was the importance and determinants of leisure constraints recognised by the immigrants. These leisure constraints consisted of personal, structural and environmental categories. The results revealed that in general Korean immigrants did not regard leisure constraints important. They also showed that only limited numbers of socio-demographic and acculturation variables could explain the importance of constraints.