CKS Publication: Zainichi Literature

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February 22, 2019

Zainichi Literature

Japanese Writings by Ethnic Koreans

John Lie, ed. (CKS Affiliated Faculty)
Transnational Korea #3
IEAS Publications
2018. 206 pp.
ISBN-13 (print): 978-1-55729-180-6
ISBN-10 (print): 1-55729-180-2
ISBN-13 (e-book): 978-1-55729-181-3

This collection of translated works highlights a selection of writings in translation by Zainichi (diasporic Koreans in Japan). The introduction provides an historical overview of Zainichi diasporic identity; the concluding appendix considers the figure of Kin Kakuei and the flourishing Zainichi literature in the 1960s. Authors whose works are translated and appear in this volume include: Kim Saryang, Kim Talsu, Yang Sŏgil, Lee Jungja, Won Soo-il, Oka Masafumi, and Yū Miri.

John Lie (pronounced "Lee") is professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies Korean diasporic trajectories and rethinks the categories of modern peoplehood. His recent works include Zainichi (Koreans in Japan): Diasporic Nationalism and Postcolonial Identity (UC Press, 2008) and an edited volume, Multiethnic Korea? Multiculturalism, Migration, and Peoplehood Diversity in Contemporary South Korea (IEAS, 2015).

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