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By Sonia Ryang, John Lie

Greater than one-half million humans of Korean descent dwell in Japan today--the greatest ethnic minority in a rustic usually assumed to be homogeneous. This well timed, interdisciplinary quantity blends unique empirical examine with the colourful box of diaspora experiences to appreciate the complex background, id, and standing of the Korean minority in Japan. a world team of students explores commonalities and contradictions within the Korean diasporic event, referring to such concerns as citizenship and belonging, the non-public and the political, and native land and hostland.

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This constituted a serious oversight, considering the large number of Koreans who decided to return to Japan even after successfully repatriating (Morris-Suzuki 2004). Choe Seog-Ui is succinct in his recollections of the situation that greeted him upon his homecoming soon after liberation. His family decided that his father and grandparents would return ahead of the others—in November 1945—to make living arrangements for the family. ” He then lists a third problem that gravely affected the reception that peninsular Koreans gave returnees from Japan.

Caprio and Yu Jia as [we] lose our house, we must [start] wandering about on the street” (Anonymous 1996: 318). S. Military Government in Korea, outlined the extent of the housing problem. As no appropriate structures were available for “refugees” returning from abroad, the “cattle breeding station . . ” The emergency was triggered by hundreds of families housed in dock warehouses facing eviction to make room for Port Authority facilities (Snow 1996: 396–401). News of the dire situation on the peninsula reached Koreans in Japan quite early.

Freedom and Homecoming Narratives of Migration in the Repatriation of Zainichi Koreans to North Korea Tessa Morris-Suzuki In the nonfiction essay that concludes War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy wrestled with a problem that haunts all history writing. When we look at the “infinitesimal” histories of individual lives, each person appears as a free human being, determining the course of his or her actions. But when we look at the “ocean of history,” with its vast movements of peoples, revolutions and wars, each person seems caught up in a tide of events beyond individual control (Tolstoy 1978: 1339).

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