Divided Fates

Divided Fates : The State, Race, and Korean Immigrants' Adaptation in Japan and the United States

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This book takes a cross-national and comparative approach, beyond American models, to examine how members of a single ethnic group adapt differently to distinct host societies. In her study of Korean immigrants to Japan and the United States, Suzuki finds that the state's mode of reception and its racialization of migrants determine adaptation patterns.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 161 x 239 x 28mm | 608g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 11 black & white illustrations, 19 tables
  • 0739129554
  • 9780739129555

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This is the first of its kind sociological study of Korean diasporas in Japan and the United States. Dr. Kazuko Suzuki convincingly argues that the timing and means of migration, context of reception, ideology of nationhood, and broader structural circumstances in the receiving society give rise to distinct patterns of adaptation and identity formation among immigrants of the same ethno-national origin. It is a welcome addition to scholarship on comparative race, ethnicity, and immigration. -- Min Zhou, Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University and co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox Amassing a melange of quantitative and qualitative data, Kazuko Suzuki has composed a cogent analysis of ethnic Koreans in Japan and in the United States. Projecting a perfect pitch between case studies and general concepts, Divided Fates is a model comparative study. It should command the attention of scholars in comparative race and ethnicity in particular and comparative social sciences in general. -- John Lie, University of California, Berkeley An ambitious, expertly-crafted work that offers a rare comparative analysis of three diasporic populations-Zainichi, Tainichi, and American Koreans-revealing the power of the racial state and related Japanese and US structural forces to marginalize immigrants, forces which remain woefully underappreciated by Western- and single state-centered frameworks. Divided Fates is a testament to how methodological rigor and theoretical sophistication informed by multiple sites, levels, and literatures reveals the richness of history, the global order, transnationality, and political process to explain the distinct fates of a population that otherwise shares so much: their Korean origin and ethnic identity. -- Nadia Y. Kim, Loyola Marymount Universityshow more

About Kazuko Suzuki

Kazuko Suzuki is assistant professor of sociology at Texas A&M University.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Cross-National Comparison of Immigrant Adaptation Part I: Koreans in Japan Chapter 1: Who Are They and Why Did They Come? Chapter 2: Managing the Multiethnic Empire Chapter 3: Survival in State-Based Politics Chapter 4: Perpetual Foreigners Chapter 5: Socio-Economic Adaptation Chapter 6: Community Formation of the Invisible Minority Part II: Koreans in the United States: From A Comparative Perspective Chapter 7: Beneficiaries of the Cold War Chapter 8: Survival in a Racial Society Chapter 9: Formation of the Enclave Community Conclusion: Toward a Theory of Cross-National Comparison of Immigrant Adaptation Appendix A: Statistical Data Used in This Study Appendix B: The 1993 Zainichi Survey Appendix C: The 1995-1996 SSC Surveyshow more