Living with Complexity: Korean Diaspora in Japan and Korea

Living with Complexity: Korean Diaspora in Japan and Korea

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In Living with Complexity: Korean Diaspora in Japan and Korea, the authors explore how the Koreans have been displaced to the East Asian society and how they have formed and transformed the Koreanness in that process. The Korean diaspora in East Asia have created or imagined distinctive communities to better survive where they have been forced to relocate. Drawing on historical and ethnographic researches, the authors emphasize that the Korean diasporas create distinct kinds of community in that they inescapably engage in the reconstruction of ethnicity in every aspects of their daily life. What is revealed is the lived experiences of the Korean diaspora that reject state power and "traditional" ethnic culture and try to get back their own voice. Contributors include: Yamane Miki, Kwon Hyangsuk, Cho Kyong-Hee, Lee Hongjang, Hashimoto Miyuki, Sato Akihito, Kim Sung-hee, and Piao You.
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  • Hardback
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • 6 colour illustrations, 10 black & white tables, 11 colour line drawings
  • 9004288120
  • 9789004288126

Table of contents

Foreword MATSUDA Motoji List of Contributors List of Figures, Tables and Photo's Introduction: Formations and Reconfigurations of the Korean Diaspora JUNG, Geun-shik PART 1 The Genesis of Korean Ethnicity in Contemporary Japan 1. The Structure of Literacy Education for Zainichi Korean Women: Teachers at Kujo Omoni Hakkyo in Kyoto during the 1970s and 1980s YAMANE Miki 2. Horizons of Ethnic Studies Identified from "The Invisible Joseonjok": Clues from Japanese Newsprint Media KWON, Hyangsuk 3. Zainichi Korean Migration to South Korea and Boundary Politics in the Post-Cold War Era CHO, Kyong-Hee 4. Rethinking the National Identity of Zainichi Koreans: Focusing on the Narrative of Zainichi Korean Youths with "Chosen-seki" LEE, Hongjang 5. The Restructuring of "Proximity" through Inter-Ethnic Marriage: The "Special" Cases of Two Zainichi Korean men HASHIMOTO Miyuki PART 2 Manipulating Korean Ethnic Identity in Korea 6. The Relationships between the Overseas Koreans Act and Transitions in the Legal Status of Foreign Residents in the ROK SATO Akihito 7. Socio-Political Research on the Homeland Visit Project for Zainichi Koreans in the 1970s KIM, Sung-hee 8. Economic Incentives and "Instrumental Nationalism";--Joseonjok living in the ROK PIAO You Afterword MATSUDA, Motoji and JUNG, Geun-shik Index
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JUNG Keun-Sik, PhD (1991), Seoul National University, is Professor of Sociology at the same University. He has published numerous articles and books on coloniality/postcoloniality and collective memory including 'Post' Cold War and Democracy in Korea (Sunin Press, 2011). MATSUDA Motoji, D.Litt (1997), Kyoto University, is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the same University. He has published ethnographies, fieldwork theories and many articles on African as well as Japanese societies, including Urbanisation From Below (Kyoto University Press, 1999).
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