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HomingAn Affective Topography of Ethnic Korean Return Migration$
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Ji-Yeon O. Jo

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824867751

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824867751.001.0001

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Legacy Migration, Transborder Belongings, and Korean Peoplehood

(p.1) Introduction

Ji-Yeon O. Jo

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter I provide an overview of the book and introduce its conceptual and theoretical articulations. Using the frameworks of affect and global modernity, I delineate the trajectories of mobility involved in later-generation diaspora Koreans’ migration to contemporary South Korea. This serves as a springboard for laying out theories of borders and belonging that help make sense of legacy migrants’ trajectories and experiences. In outlining the book’s chapters, I explain how each adds a new dimension of understanding to transborder belonging. I also suggest that four borders—social spaces, citizenship and nationality law, Korean as a heritage language, and family—intersect to make and remake the notion of Korean peoplehood.

Keywords:   legacy migration, border, affect

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