1st Edition

Displacement, Mobility, and Diversity in Korea Diaspora Within Homeland

Edited By Min Wha Han, Eun-Jeong Han, JongHwa Lee Copyright 2025
    208 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the transformation and the dynamic reconfiguration of borders within Korea through inter/trans-disciplinary approaches.

    The book offers a comprehensive synthesis for the changing geo-political, cultural, and economic dynamics among Korea’s diasporas by applying the theme of “diasporas within homeland” as a theoretical lens. While diaspora remains a central theoretical perspective (often highlighting “out of home” experiences), the volume turns its gaze inward, “within homeland,” to trace internal displacement, mobility, and diversity in Korea. In addition, this volume brings diverse scholarly traditions, which bridge diaspora with wide ranges of theoretical lenses and methodological approaches, such as intercultural sensitivity and adaptation, acculturation, ideology critique, alienation, national memory, and postcolonialism. The book further explores the possibilities of coalition-building between/among diverse communities.  

    As a study of the notion of Korean identity and citizenship, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Korean society and culture, Asian diasporas, cultural anthropology and ethnicity.

    Introduction - Displacement, Mobility, and Diversity in Korea: Diaspora within Homeland

    Min Wha Han, Eun-Jeong Han, and JongHwa Lee


    Chapter One – Leaving “Home” in Search of the “Homeland”: The Returning Movement of Korean Transnational Adoptees

    Sina Lee


    Chapter Two – Zainichi Koreans Migration to South Korea and Border Politics

    in the Post-Cold War Era

    Kyunghee Cho


    Chapter Three – South Korean attitudes towards Chosŏnjok migrants as a social response to geopolitical dynamics

    HaeRan Shin


    Chapter Four – “I can speak zero language”: Discursive construction of bilingualism and Korean returnees in social media

    Hakyoon Lee and Ye Lin Park


    Chapter Five – Perceptions of South Korea in North Korean refugees’ poetry

    Andrii Ryzhkov


    Chapter Six – Between Gohyang and Joguk: Representations of Post-repatriation Identities among Returning Zainichi Koreans

    Min Wha Han


    Chapter Seven – Exploration of the intertwined ethnic and national identity among Ko-Ryo-In in Korea

    Eun-Jeong Han


    Chapter Eight – Mental Health Correlates Among Married-Based Immigrant Women in South Korea

    Hyun-Jin Jun and Boyoung Nam


    Chapter Nine – “My community is all around the world”: The role of globalized media in forming imagination, aspiration, and transnational connectivity among marriage immigrant women in South Korea

    HaeLim Suh

    Chapter Ten – The Price of Conviction: Diversity, Inclusion, and Success as Neoliberal Fantasy in Itaewon Class

    Myoung-Sun Song


    Chapter Eleven – Do I Belong in Ikseon-dong?: Glocalized Cosmopolitan Spaces of Belonging

    Jin R. Choi


    Chapter Twelve – Battle for Survival: Multiple Diasporas and Opportunities for Change

    JongHwa Lee


    Min Wha Han is Assistant Professor of Communication at West Texas A&M University.

    Eun-Jeong Han is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Salisbury University.

    JongHwa Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Angelo State University.