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Monday
11
JUL

01:00 PM

Journeying towards Independence? Korean Nurses, Gender, and their ‘Twice Migration’ to the US in the 1970s

Dr. Helen Kim, University of Leeds (UK), School of Media and Communication

This guest lecture explores the little-known experiences and memories of Korean ‘guestworker’ nurses who ‘twice migrated’; first moving to Germany and then migrating to the US in the 1960s and 1970s. Based on extended, repeat interviews with four former nurses, their stories underscore how little is known about this wave of Korean migrant women, specifically, and why they decided to migrate, where, and how. The findings highlight how these women were agents of their own mobility, seeing the opportunity to migrate to Germany as the means by which to acquire independence and autonomy as young women. Further, their stories showed how twice migration to the US was not always experienced as a positive and more advantageous destination, particularly for the women. Instead, it was presented as a choice that many were forced to make, often because it was seen to benefit their spouses or children.

She is an Associate Professor in Media and Communication in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on diaspora, culture, migration and ‘race’ in the UK, US and Germany. She is the author of Making Diaspora in a Global City: South Asian Youth Cultures in London (2015). She is currently writing her second book on diasporic and postcolonial memory and twice migration based on the oral histories of the Korean ‘guestworker’ diaspora who have settled in Germany and the US.

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https://heiconf.uni-heidelberg.de/zmta-7tur-3nkr-xnzt

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Institut für Sinologie

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http://www.echo-wall.eu/

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