Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan (Global, Area, and International Archive)

More than one-half million humans of Korean descent live in Japan today—the greatest ethnic minority in a rustic usually assumed to be homogeneous. This well timed, interdisciplinary quantity blends unique empirical learn with the colourful box of diaspora experiences to appreciate the complex historical past, id, and standing of the Korean minority in Japan. a world workforce of students explores commonalities and contradictions within the Korean diasporic event, pertaining to such concerns as citizenship and belonging, the private and the political, and place of origin and hostland.

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The record famous fresh traits that confirmed Korean citizens choosing prolonged, if now not everlasting, remains in Japan. This was once evidenced by means of raises in Korean households (as against contributors) in Japanese-Korean marriages, and in Korean births in Japan. extra Koreans in Japan now discovered the significance of buying eastern language talent to flee from monetary trouble. The outbreak of the Pacific warfare additionally expedited Korean assimilation, yet, instead of their “conviction of . . . [Japanese-Korean] equality,” it used to be the wartime scenario that drove those efforts. The record looked as if it would query even if their ambition to assimilate may persist as soon as the wartime catalyst disappeared (United States workplace of Strategic providers 1945: 19). the ultimate component of “Aliens in Japan” provided feedback for dealing with the predicted million non-Japanese short of “liberation, safeguard, or segregation from the japanese. ” The file foresaw small quantity 28 / Mark E. Caprio and Yu Jia may perhaps “constitute a threat to Allied army operations” and must be incarcerated. Many others may possibly turn out priceless to profession efforts. It labeled Japan’s overseas citizens into 4 teams: Allied POWS, individuals of the diplomatic corps, imprisoned Allied electorate, and different foreigners. those groupings ultimately have been used to figure out ration degrees and order of repatriation throughout the profession. The Japan-based Korean inhabitants used to be positioned within the “other foreigner” crew, in addition to different “Asiatics”—members of nations impartial to Japan, White Russians, and other people from different Axis states (Italians and Germans). The record instructed professionals to address contributors of all teams as members, because it was once most unlikely to set up a uniform coverage for any of the teams. contributors of the “Asiatic” team supplied a working example: they “may be both pleasant or enemy”; even those that had turn into electorate may be both professional- or antiAllies; others may need collaborated with the japanese (United States workplace of Strategic companies 1945: 34–35). The file extra instructed specialists to imagine that collaborators and enemy brokers can be present in “almost each conquered kingdom of Asia,” as those peoples assisted the japanese along side their progressive actions opposed to the British, Dutch, and French colonial governments. coverage towards those peoples, it urged, can be decided by way of a world contract with the rustic concerned. relating to repatriation, the record said that now not all “Asiatics” may favor to go back domestic. components could verify this selection: the repatriates’ monetary and cultural resources and the postwar in their ethnic homelands. certainly, those elements proved to be severe determinants in person Koreans’ judgements relating to repatriation (United States workplace of Strategic providers 1945: 37). profession coverage and stipulations in Japan Choe Seog-Ui used to be eighteen whilst the japanese surrendered; at age nineteen he observed his mom again to Korea.

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