Lives of Young Koreans in Japan

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Trans Pacific Press, 2000 - Social Science - 330 pages
Japan exercised colonial rule over Korea from 1910 to 1945 and many Koreans emigrated to Japan during this period. Today, these Korean migrants and their descendants, who are referred to as Zainichi Koreans, constitute one percent of the total population making them the nation's largest ethnic minority. Culturally different from both Korean nationals in Korea and majority Japanese, the young second and third generation Korean residents have developed a complex ethnic identity through their struggles with Japanese racism. Based on 'life-history interviews' with a number of young Zainichi Koreans in Japan, this study identifies their five broad types of ethnic identity: the pluralist, nationalist, individualist, naturalizing, and ethnic solidarity types. The study also presents case studies of young ethnic Korean women living within Japanese society. Pointing the way towards the eradication of racism, Fukuoka's book will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary Japan or minority studies.
 

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Contents

Preface
xi
Acknowledgments
xxiii
The History of Japans Korean Minority
xl
Japans Korean Minority Today
21
A Typology of Zainichi Identities
42
Learning to Live with the Japanese
61
For the Sake of Our Fellow Zainichis
83
Living as Overseas Nationals
101
The story of Kang SoonJa
179
The story of Park YangJa
188
Not Japanese Not Korean but Zainichi
196
In Search of SelfFulfillment
205
Looking for a Way
214
Making Japan a Place Where Koreans Can
224
Japanese Nationality Not Good Enough to Beg
234
Floating on the Tide of Assimilation
243

Going It Alone
113
Turning Japanese
129
A Dream Is a Dream
147
Diplomatic Incidents
155
This Japanese Is Still Korean
162
The story of Yoon ChoJa
170
Towards a Society of Peaceful Coexistence
251
Notes
271
References
320
Index
326
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