1st Edition

Transnationalism and Migration in Global Korea History, Politics, and Sociology, 1910 to the Present

Edited By Joanne Miyang Cho, Lee M. Roberts, Sang Hwan Seong Copyright 2024
    312 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contrary to the image of Korea as a largely self-contained country until its economy became global during the 1990s, this book shows that transnationalism has firmly been part of modern Korea’s national experience throughout its existence.

    The volume portrays Korea’s frequent transnational entanglements with other nations in East Asia and the West from the start of its annexation into the Empire of Japan in 1910 to the present day. It explores how modern Korea negotiated its complicated colonial relations with imperial Japan and its political and economic relations with the West in meeting the challenges of the globalized world. Early chapters cover the origins of Korea’s democratic republicanism among Korean immigrants in the United States, the Royal-Dutch oil industry in Korea, and prisons in the Japanese empire. From the latter half of the twentieth century to the present, the book probes Cold War politics between Korea and Europe, transnational Korean communities in China, Japan, the Russian Far East, and the West, and ethnic Korean returnees from the Russian Far East.

    With contributions from leading international scholars, this collection’s attention to modern Korean history, economy, gender studies, and migration is ideal for upper-level undergraduates and postgraduates.

    1. Transnationalism, Migration, Historiography, and Organization

    Joanne Miyang Cho and Lee M. Roberts

    Part 1: Korea’s Transnational Relations to Asia and the West: Politics, Economy, and Prison

    2.  The Origins of Democratic Republicanism in Korea: The Korean National Association of North America Convention in Riverside (1911)

    Edward T. Chang

    3. Globalization under Colonialism: Royal Dutch Shell's Korean Oil Business and the Resistance of Colonial Korean Workers

    Myung Ho Hyun

    4. A Comparative History of Prisons in Korea and Taiwan under Japanese Colonial Rule

    Cheng-Yu Lin

    5. Bulgaria’s “Humanitarian” Aid to North Korea: Economic Aid, Medical Brigades, and Refugee Assistance, 19501962

    Margarita Kichukova

    6. Cold War Politics of the Korean Peninsula in the 1960s: Inter-Korean Conflicts and North Korean Diplomatic Strategies

    Sang Hwan Seong

    Part 2: Korean Communities in Japan, China, and the Russian Far East since 1945

    7. Post-War Korean Diasporas in Sakhalin and Japan: A Comparative Analysis of Media, Education and Arts

    Hyewon Song

    8. Japanese and Korean Return Migrants in Sapporo (Japan) and Ansan (South Korea)

    Svetlana Paichadze

    9. Recreated Homeland and Space Imagination: The Dilemma of the Left-Behind Korean Community in China

    Jingyi Li

    10. Exhibiting Korean-ness: Displays of Ethnic Identity at the “Russian Korean History Museum”

    Zachary Miller Adamz

    Part 3:  Korean Communities in the West since the 1960s

    11. Memories of Home Mediated through Food: Korean Migrants in Germany

    Suin Roberts

    12. The Korean Presence in Spain: A Study of Korean Communities

    Arturo Cosano-Ramos and Antonio J. Domenech

    13. Two Generations of Korean Women’s Perspectives on the American Dream

    Keumjae Park


    Joanne Miyang Cho is a professor of History at William Paterson University. She has edited/co-edited Germany and India, Germany and China, Germany and Japan, Germany and Korea, Germany and East Asia, Gendered Encounters, Musical Entanglements, and East Asian-German Cinema. She is a co-editor for Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies.

    Lee M. Roberts is a professor of German at Purdue University Fort Wayne specializing in Asian German Studies and Holocaust. Recent publications include chapters in German East Asian Encounters and Entanglements (2021), and The History of the Shanghai Jews: New Pathways in Research (2022).

    Sang Hwan Seong is a professor of Germanic linguistics at the Department of German Language Education, Seoul National University. He was a guest professor of Korean Studies at the University of Bonn in Germany (1998-2005). He is the Director of the International Center for Korean Studies at SNU Kyujanggak.