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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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Koreans in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Koreans in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Chapter 2 Koreans in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Ji-Yeon O. Jo

University of Hawai'i Press

I delineate the precarious national belongings of CIS Koreans, which encompass their diaspora history in the Russian Far East, their lives during and after the mass deportation to Central Asia, the experience of forced migration to Sakhalin in the later part of the Japanese occupation of Korea, and the post-Soviet emergence of ethnic discrimination and economic hardship that they have faced in diaspora. Although earlier generations tried hard to preserve Korean language and culture and to instill ethnic identity among later-generation diaspora Koreans, CIS Koreans’ geographical distance from the ancestral homeland and the repercussions of the Cold War precluded them from visiting Korea, which ultimately contributed to the loss of Korean language and ethnic identity. The turbulent diaspora history of CIS Koreans resulted in “suffering” as the main contour of their affective condition in diaspora.

Keywords:   Korean diasporas, Commonwealth of Independent States, Russian Far East, Sakhalin, deportation, suffering

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