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Between foreign and family : return migration and identity construction among Korean Americans and Korean Chinese

Author: Helene K Lee
Publisher: New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 2018.
Series: Asian American studies today
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Between Foreign and Family explores the impact of inconsistent rules of ethnic inclusion and exclusion on the economic and social lives of Korean Americans and Korean Chinese living in Seoul. These actors are part of a growing number of return migrants, members of an ethnic diaspora who migrate 2back3 to the ancestral homeland from which their families emigrated. Drawing on ethnographic observations and interview  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helene K Lee
ISBN: 9780813586144 0813586143 9780813586137 0813586135 9780813586151 0813586151 9780813586168 081358616X
OCLC Number: 1175623827
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Premigration condition --
Return migrants in the South Korean immigration system and labor market --
Of "Kings" and "Lepers" : the gendered logics of Koreanness in the social lives of Korean Americans --
"Aren't we all the people of Joseon?" : claiming ethnic inclusion through history and culture --
The logics of cosmopolitan Koreanness and global citizenship --
Conclusion : finding family among foreigners.
Series Title: Asian American studies today
Responsibility: Helene K. Lee.

Abstract:

Between Foreign and Family explores the impact of inconsistent rules of ethnic inclusion and exclusion on the economic and social lives of Korean Americans and Korean Chinese living in Seoul. These actors are part of a growing number of return migrants, members of an ethnic diaspora who migrate 2back3 to the ancestral homeland from which their families emigrated. Drawing on ethnographic observations and interview data, Helene K. Lee highlights the 2logics of transnationalism3 that shape the relationships between these return migrants and their employers, co-workers, friends, family, and the South Korean state. While Koreanness marks these return migrants as outsiders who never truly feel at home in the United States and China, it simultaneously traps them into a liminal space in which they are neither fully family, nor fully foreign in South Korea. Return migration reveals how ethnic identity construction is not an indisputable and universal fact defined by blood and ancestry, but a contested and uneven process informed by the interplay of ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, gender, and history.

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