Mobile Subjects: Boundaries and Identities in the Modern Korean Diaspora

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Yeh, Wen-hsin, ed.
Korea Research Monograph 36
2013. 231 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-1-55729-104-2
ISBN-10: 1-55729-104-7

Mobile Subjects draws attention to modern Korean experiences with mobility, experiences that played an important role in forming Korean constructions of an ethnonationalistic discourse of territoriality. Much has already been written to shed light on the latter. Not nearly as much has been done to examine Korean mobility, especially in connection with the formation of Korean subjectivity from the nonpeninsular perspectives of movement and mobility. By drawing attention to mobility in subjectivity – to the contested nature of subjectivity in the processes of mobility – this volume seeks to connect the experiences of the Korean diaspora with those of the homeland, thereby enriching an understanding of Korean nationalism from its flip side.

The essays in this collection, by focusing on mobility, offer a rich and complex picture of changing circumstances on the Korean peninsula over the course of the past one-and-a-half centuries. They underscore the point that there have been intimate connections between national constructions and spatial mobility. They demonstrate the intellectual fruitfulness of an approach to the peninsula that brings in the continental as well as maritime dimensions of the Korean diaspora.


Acknowledgments – 1
Wen-hsin Yeh

Introduction – 3
Wen-hsin Yeh

1. Korean Migration in Nineteenth-Century Manchuria: A Global Theme in Modern Asian History – 17
Kwangmin Kim

2. 2. Status and Smoke: Koreans in Japanís Opium Empire – 38
Miriam Kingsberg

3. Women on the Loose: Household System and Family Anxiety in Colonial Korea – 61
Sungyun Lim

4. An Indispensable Edge: American Military Camptowns in Postwar Korea – 88

W. Taejin Hwang

5. U.S.-Educated Elites and the Phenomenon of Study Abroad – 123
Jane Cho

6. Homes on the Border: Ethnicity, Identity, and Everyday Space in Yanbian – 148
Yishi Liu

7. Exit, Voice, and Refugees: A Case Study to Understanding Political Stability and Emigration in North – 183
Ivo Plsek

Contributors – 217

Index – 221

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