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Elusive BelongingMarriage Immigrants and "Multiculturalism" in Rural South Korea$
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Minjeong Kim

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780824869816

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824869816.001.0001

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Making Multiculturalism

Making Multiculturalism

(p.103) Chapter Five Making Multiculturalism
Elusive Belonging

Minjeong Kim

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter 5 turns to the Korean “multicultural agents” who work for Korean multiculturalism, including government officers, community volunteers, and social workers to describe in greater detail the local, day-to-day operation of Korean multiculturalism. Drawing on the idea of “makeshift multiculturalism,” the chapter traces how local multicultural programs were developed using individual actors’ prior knowledge and interests, and calls into question their contributions to making a multicultural society. Also, the chapter shows that multicultural agents ground their mission in diverse affective bases including benevolence, paternalism, and pity, and a multicultural “economy of gratitude” (Hochschild 2012) expects that gifts of service are exchanged for gifts of gender-specific reproductive contribution and commitment to marriage. Lastly, the chapter shows that marriage immigrants and their husbands take part in “making” multiculturalism.

Keywords:   Multicultural agents, Makeshift multiculturalism, Economy of gratitude, Paternalism

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