the Reconciliation and
Coexistence in Contact Zones Research Center
Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea
Session Abstract: In modern times, Koreans were pushed to emigrate both to their northern continental neighbour, Russia, and across the sea eastward, to Japan. Both Russophone Korean diaspora, known as Koryo Saram, and Zainichi Korean diaspora in Japan boast long history of settlement going down to the late nineteenth century, as well as considerable numerical strength: Koryo Saram number ca 500 thousand in post-Soviet states, South Korea and globally, while the number of Zainichi Koreans is estimated at ca 600 thousand. To a certain extent, the trajectories of both diasporas overlap: both attempted to intervene in the history of Korea proper since the early twentieth century, both were being gradually pulled into the linguistic orbit of their country of residence and suffered a steady loss of their ethnic language, and both tended to maintain a complex pattern of relationship with the two post-1945 Korean states. There were, however, also salient differences between the two diasporas: in Soviet times, Russophone Korean diaspora was much better socially and politically integrated than Zainichi Koreans. The present panel will explore both similarities and dissimilarities between the two diasporic groups. It features papers dealing with the development of Marxist analysis of colonialism by Soviet-Korean revolutionaries, the fates of Soviet-Korean literature as well as the interactions between Zainichi Korean diaspora and the borderland island of Tsushima and the role of ethnic education in Zainichi community-building. It aims at exploring Korean diasporic history in a comparative perspective.
Paper Presenter: Vladimir Tikhonov – University of Oslo
Paper Presenter: Kyounghwa Lim – Chung-Ang University
Paper Presenter: Naomi Chi – Hokkaido University
Paper Presenter: Susanna Lim – University of Oregon