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Wednesday
18
JAN

06:00 PM

Ethnic Borderland: The Un/Homeliness of Korean Chinese in Yanbian China

Dr. June Hee Kwon (Asian Studies, California State University, Sacramento, US)

This presentation examines how Korean Chinese living on the ethnic borderland have been gradually integrated into national and transnational economies through the vernacular periodization of param, or “winds”—the Market Wind, the North Korean Wind, the Soviet Wind, and the South Korean Wind—the winds of migration. I especially historicize the Korean Wind (the Korean Chinese passion and fashion for transnational migration to South Korea) as an epochal occurrence happening at the intersection of post-Cold War and post-socialist transformations, a circumstance that has enabled Korean Chinese to claim their long-forgotten kinship to the forbidden homeland of South Korea. By highlighting the contradictory desire Korean Chinese have developed in relation to Yanbian as an unhomely homeland—desires both to leave Yanbian and to remain there—this paper stages Yanbian as an ethnic borderland and Korean Chinese as a mobile ethnicity.

Dr. June Hee Kwon, trained as a cultural anthropologist is an assistant professor in the Asian Studies Program at California State University, Sacramento. Her research focuses on migration and displacement, development and political ecology, postcolonial and post-Cold War political economy across the East Asia/Pacific Rim region.

Streaming / Video URL

https://heiconf.uni-heidelberg.de/upyt-pmtv-ujq4-zw79

Organizer

Prof. Dr. Anja Senz, Institut für Sinologie

Homepage Organizer

https://ostasien-aktuell.uni-heidelberg.de

Contact

Ostasien Aktuell

Contact URL

https://ostasien-aktuell.uni-heidelberg.de

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