The Precarity and Strategic Navigation of Choso˘ njok Migrants in South Korea (Page 7–35)

Abstract This paper investigates how ethnic Koreans migrating to South Korea from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have learned to adapt to precarity, tailoring their strategies to cope with an increasingly uncertain South Korean job market. Using archival analysis, participant observations, and in-depth interviews, the findings of this study demonstrate that the in-betweenness of…

“Identity through difference”: Liminal Diasporism and Generational Change Among the Koryo Saram in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Page 37–72)

Abstract This article examines the case of the Koryo saram, the ethnic Koreans living in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, to reflect on how notions of diasporas, community, and identity have changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It contends that the Koryo saram are best understood through the lenses of diasporic conditions…

Seoul as a Site of Labor Resistance: The Spatial Representation of Inequality and Injustice (Page 73–99)

Abstract Under rising insecurity and precarity in the neoliberal labor market, Korean workers have protested mass job cuts and deteriorating working conditions. Although their grievances originate from the regions and workplaces where they are employed or laid off, the protest sites often move to major political landmarks in Seoul, the nation’s capital, with demands for…

Mirroring Misogyny in Hell Choso˘ n: Megalia, Womad, and Korea’s Feminism in the Age of Digital Populism (Page 101–133)

Abstract In recent years digital populism has emerged in South Korea as a new type of political behavior, marked by the political use of the internet as both a form of political participation and an instrument of mobilization. Technological advances and the diffusion of social media have enabled social polarization, rooted in post-Asian Financial Crisis…

Mobile Imperialism and its Fissure in Colonial Choso˘ n: Centering on Kim Namch’o˘ n’s “To Cho˘ llyo˘ng” (Page 177–195)

Abstract This paper explores Japanese mobile imperialism as supported by the colonial mobility system and examines an emancipatory imagination, which enables the opening of a fissure in the system, by approaching Kim Namch’ŏn’s short story, “To Chŏllyŏng (Ch. Tieling 鐵嶺),” from the new mobilities paradigm. It argues that, via modern mobility technologies, “sociality,” i.e., the…

Considerations for the Direction of Mobility Humanities Education: Focused on Study Cases of the Mobility Humanities Education Center of Konkuk University (Page 227–249)

Abstract This paper attempts to find ways to utilize the new mobilities paradigm in the field of education in Korea by presenting the case of the Mobility Humanities Education Center established by the Academy of Mobility Humanities of Konkuk University. Education of mobility humanities enables people to realize how mobility shapes and changes culture and…

European Journal of Korean Studies – Vol 20.2

Special Section: Adaptation and Resistance In and Around South Korea: The Cases of Migrant Workers, Diasporas, Laborers, and Online Feminist Activists 1 YOUNGMI KIM, University of Edinburgh Special Introduction: Adaptation and Resistance In and Around South Korea: The Cases of Migrant Workers, Diasporas, Laborers, and Online Feminist Activists 7 HAERAN SHIN, Seoul National University The…