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Reproducing hybridity in Korea: Conflicting interpretations of Korean culture by South Koreans and ethnic Korean Chinese marriage migrants

Title
Reproducing hybridity in Korea: Conflicting interpretations of Korean culture by South Koreans and ethnic Korean Chinese marriage migrants
Authors
Schubert A.L.Lee Y.Lee H.-U.
Ewha Authors
이영민이현욱
SCOPUS Author ID
이영민scopus; 이현욱scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
Asian Journal of Women's Studies
ISSN
1225-9276JCR Link
Citation
vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 232 - 251
Keywords
HybridityKorean ChineseMarriage migrationMulticulturalismSouth Korea
Publisher
Taylor and Francis Ltd
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
As South Korea's gender imbalance has grown, thousands of South Korean men have sought wives from the ethnic Korean minority in China. In this paper, we explore these women's experiences along with South Korea's multicultural policies, highlighting the hybrid nature of South Korean culture and challenging its hegemonic role in discourses of multiculturalism. Drawing from interviews we conducted with Korean Chinese between 2010 and 2013, we compare lived perceptions with official representations of transnational marriages. We find official representations essentialize and reify notions of 'true' Korean culture. We draw from Joon K. Kim's (2011) ideas of cultural paternalism and fetishism, but argue that multiculturalism itself, not merely South Korea's uncritical adaptation, should be reexamined. We conclude by asking how the Korean Chinese make competing claims to cultural authority within South Korean political space, and argue that they ambiguously blur the lines among the multiple cultures implicit in South Korean multiculturalism. © 2015 Asian Center for Women's Studies, Ewha Womans University.
DOI
10.1080/12259276.2015.1072940
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