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South Korea’s Education Exodus: The Life and Times of Early Study Abroad

From the publisher’s website:

South Korea’s Education Exodus analyzes Early Study Abroad in relation to the neoliberalization of South Korean education and labor. With chapters based on demographic and survey data, discourse analysis, and ethnography in destinations such as Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States, the book considers the complex motivations that spur families of pre-college youth to embark on often arduous and expensive journeys. In addition to examining various forms and locations of study abroad, South Korea’s Education Exodus discusses how students and families manage living and studying abroad in relation to global citizenship, language ideologies, social class, and race.

Adrienne Lo is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nancy Abelmann is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures and an associate vice chancellor of research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Soo Ah Kwon is associate professor of Asian American studies and human and community development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sumie Okazaki is professor of applied psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.


Introduction: South Korea’s Education Exodus: History, Context, and Motivations | Nancy Abelmann, Soo Ah Kwon, Adrienne Lo and Sumie Okazaki

Part I: The Lay of the Land

  1. Early Study Abroad: A Survey and Demographic Portrait | Chon Sun Ihm and Hee Jung Choi
  2. The Domestication of South Korean Early Study Abroad in the First Decade of the Millennium | Jiyeon Kang and Nancy Abelmann

Part II: Navigating Class and the Global

  1. Going to School in New Zealand: Hopes and Limits in a Transnational Social Field | Bon Giu Koo
  2. School Choice in the Global Schoolhouse: How Korean Education Migrants Calibrate “Success” in Singapore | Joseph Sung-Yul Park and Sohee Bae
  3. The “Other Half” Goes Abroad: The Perils of Public Schooling in Singapore | Jeehun Kim

Part III: The Dilemmas of Global Citizenship

  1. Going Global in Comfort: South Korean Education Exodus in Singapore | Yoonhee Kang
  2. From FOB to Cool: Transnational Migrant Students in Toronto and the Styling of Global Linguistic Capital | Hyunjung Shin
  3. Early Wave Returnees in Seoul: The Dilemmas of Modernity and Morality | Adrienne Lo and Jenna Kim

Part IV: Managing Early Study Abroad

  1. The Legal and Religious Citizenship of Korean Transnational Mothers | Kyungju Ahn
  2. “We Are More Racist”: Navigating Race and Racism in (Korean) America | Sohyun An
  3. Psychosocial Adjustments of South Korean Early Study Abroad Students | Sumie Okazaki, Anne Saw and Jihee Cho

Part V: The Field Speaks

  1. Coming to Terms with Our “Asian Invasion”: A Practitioner’s Perspective on the Korean Education Exodus in a Christian School Setting | Rick Williams
  2. My Life in the States, Alone | Joshua (Namkyu) Kang

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