Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immigrants and "Multiculturalism" in Rural South korea

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Williams Hall 623

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork, Minjeong Kim examines Filipinas who married rural South Korean bachelors in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Against a backdrop of the South Korean government's multicultural policies and projects aimed at integrating marriage immigrants, Kim provides a nuanced understanding of both the conflicts and emotional attachments of their relationships with marital families and communitites. Her close-up accounts of the day-to-day operations of the state's multicultural policies and public programs show intimate relationships between Filipinas, South Korean husbands in-laws, and multicultural agents, and how various emotions of love, care, anxiety, and gratitude affect immigrant women's fragmented citizenship and elusive sense of belonging in their new country.

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