Newcomers and Global Migration in Contemporary South Korea: Across National Boundaries examines the intersections of race, class, gender and inequalities in global migration in contemporary South Korea. The contributors explore South Korean migration policies and study diverse migrants living and working in South Korea as low-wage undocumented workers, refugees, Korean returnees, migrant women married to Korean men, and white professionals. The chapters in this collection make visible the differentiation and divergence of migration experiences due to race, class, gender, and place of origin, which are all also mediated by local inequalities in South Korea.
Sung-Choon Park teaches sociology at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York. He is the author of Korean International Students and the Making of Racialized Transnational Elites.
Joong-Hwan Oh is professor of sociology at Hunter College of The City University of New York.
Part I: New Migration Regime in South Korea
Chapter 1: Multiculturalism as a Political Project for a New Korean Nation-Building: Explaining the Political Consensus on Multiculturalism Policy
Chapter 2: Explaining South Korea’s Diaspora Engagement Policies
Timothy C. Lim and Dong-Hoon Seol
Chapter 3: Globalization and Language Education: English Village in South Korea
Jamie Shinhee Lee
Part II: Return Migrants from Uneven and Unequal Korean Diaspora
Chapter 4: Hierarchical Citizenship in Perspective: South Korea’s Korean Chinese
Chapter 5: A Research on Social and Self Perspective towards Highly Educated Korean Returnees Focusing on Business Context
Chapter 6: Acquiring Higher Education Credentials at Home: Korean Student Return Migrants from Latin America
Jin Suk Bae
Part III: Labor Migration from the Global North & South
Chapter 7: Living as Foreign Scientists: Stories of Nineteen Expatriate Professors in South Korea.
Hyung Wook Park
Chapter 8: Creating Hidden Social Capital: A Case of Indonesian Immigrants of Wongok-dong in South Korea
Kwang Woo Park
Chapter 9: The Construction of Migrant ‘Illegality’: The Case of Thai Migrant Workers in South Korea
Julia Jiwon Shin and Don Tajaroensuk
Part IV: Family Migration and Refugees
Chapter 10: Freeing the Migrant Women in South Korea from a Shackle of Poverty: An Inquiry into the Causes of Poverty and the Suggestion of Policy Responses
Soon-yang Kim and Soo-jung Go
Chapter 11: Exploring how Mobility Affects Muslim lives: The Case of Yemeni Refugees on Jeju Island
This volume is a welcome addition to the growing literature on multiculturalism in South Korea. Comprehensive in scope, the chapters reflect the diverse scholarship that was until now only available to a Korean audience. This volume is essential reading for any student of globalization, immigration, and demographic change.
Newcomers and Global Migration offers a comprehensive and truly global account of South Korea and its transnational migratory flows. Highlighting the plurality of migrant experiences in South Korea and beyond, the book illustrates how diverse migrant communities from the Global South and North—university students, scientists, factory workers, refugees, and co-ethnic returnees—transform social relations, everyday spaces, and national politics. Newcomers and Global Migration will appeal to a variety of readers interested in transnationalism, migration, diaspora, as well as globalization.