International Ethnic Networks and Intra-Ethnic Conflict: Koreans in China

International Ethnic Networks and Intra-Ethnic Conflict: Koreans in China

by H. Kim
     
 

Since the normalization of Sino-Korean diplomatic relations in 1992, many South Koreans have moved to China for business, education, and other purposes. In China they have encountered Korean-Chinese-ethnic Koreans who have lived in China for decades. Contrary to expectations that ethnic solidarity would lay the foundation for lasting cooperation between South

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Overview

Since the normalization of Sino-Korean diplomatic relations in 1992, many South Koreans have moved to China for business, education, and other purposes. In China they have encountered Korean-Chinese-ethnic Koreans who have lived in China for decades. Contrary to expectations that ethnic solidarity would lay the foundation for lasting cooperation between South Koreans and Koreans-Chinese, "intra-ethnic conflict" has instead divided the Koreans communities. The explanation for this surprising finding lies in cultural and economic differences which developed between Koreans in South Korea and in China during decades of separation and in a degree of ethnic trust blind to actual circumstances. By showing how ethnic identity underpins transnational flows of people and resources but also how those flows transform ethnic configurations, this book contributes to debates about the interaction of globalization and community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230102521
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Hyejin Kim is a writer and educationist living in Singapore. She is originally from Seoul and holds a Ph.D. in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and an M.A. in China Studies from the University of Washington. She has published a work of fiction, Jia: A Novel of North Korea (2007), based on her fieldwork among North Koreans in China, as well as two books published in Korean, Food of the World: China (2007) and Why Does the World Rush to Peking University? (2002).

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