Koreans in Japan: Critical Voices from the Margin

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Sonia Ryang
Taylor & Francis US, 2005 - History - 229 pages
Koreans in Japan are a barely known minority, not only in the West but also within Japan itself. This pioneering study analyses these relations in the context of the particular conditions and constraints that Koreans face in Japanese society.
The contributors cover a wide range of topics, including: the legal and social status of Koreans in Japan; the history of Korean colonial displacement and postcolonial division during the Cold War; ethnic education; and women's self-expression. These studies serve to reveal the highly resilient and diverse reality of this minority group, whilst simultaneously highlighting the fact that - despite recent improvement - legal, social and economic constraints continue to exist in their lives.
 

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Contents

resident Koreans in Japan
1
The politics of legal status the equation of nationality with ethnonational identity
13
The North Korean homeland of Koreans in Japan
32
Political correctness postcoloniality and the self representation of Koreanness in Japan
55
Mothers write Ikaino
74
Reading against the bourgeois and national bodies transcultural bodypolitics in Yu Miris textual representations
103
Cultural identity in the work of Yi Yangji
119
Korean ethnic schools in occupied Japan 194552
140
Korean children textbooks and educational practices in Japanese primary schools
157
Kids between nations ethnic classes in the construction of Korean identities in Japanese public schools
175
Ordinary Korean Japanese
197
Bibliography
208
Index
226
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