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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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Shifting Affective Linguascapes

Shifting Affective Linguascapes

Languages, Nations, and Migration

(p.126) Chapter 6 Shifting Affective Linguascapes

Ji-Yeon O. Jo

University of Hawai'i Press

I explore how Korean as a heritage language influences and is influenced by returnees’ membership status and affective belonging both in diaspora and in South Korea. After tracing the politics and policies that affect the Korean language in diaspora, I incorporate legacy migrants’ narratives about their linguistic experiences in South Korea. Their stories provide an opportunity to illuminate the affective dimension as it relates to the heritage language and challenge us to move beyond proficiency-oriented understandings of language. I scrutinize the affective dimension of language, giving particular attention to the notions of proficiency and authenticity, which often lend certain meaning to and shape migrant relationships with the heritage language during their homing experiences. As I will show, the meaning and value of languages, especially heritage languages, are often interpreted differently by the returnees and by South Korean society.

Keywords:   linguascapes, heritage language, language politics, language policies

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