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Koreans in Japan: Critical Voices from the Margin

From the publisher’s website:

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.


  • Introduction: resident Koreans in Japan | SONIA RYANG
  • The politics of legal status: the equation of nationality with ethnonational identity | CHIKAKO KASHIWAZAKI
  • The North Korean homeland of Koreans in Japan | SONIA RYANG
  • Political correctness, postcoloniality and the self-representation of “Koreanness” in Japan | KOICHI IWABUCHI
  • Mothers write Ikaino | MELISSA WENDER
  • Reading against the bourgeois and national bodies: transcultural body-politics in Yu Miri’s textual representations | LISA YONEYAMA
  • Cultural identity in the work of Yi Yang-ji | CAROL HAYES
  • Korean ethnic schools in occupied Japan, 1945-52 | HIROMITSU INOKUCHI
  • Korean children, textbooks, and educational practices in Japanese primary schools | ERIKO AOKI
  • Kids between nations: ethnic classes in the construction of Korean identities in Japanese public schools | JEFFRY T. HESTER
  • Ordinary (Korean) Japanese | JOHN LIE

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