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Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan

Sonia Ryang and John Lie


More than one-half million people of Korean descent reside in Japan today—the largest ethnic minority in a country often assumed to be homogeneous. This volume blends original empirical research with the vibrant field of diaspora studies to understand the complicated history, identity, and status of the Korean minority in Japan. The book explores commonalities and contradictions in the Korean diasporic experience, touching on such issues as citizenship and belonging, the personal and the political, and homeland and hostland.

Keywords: Korea, Korean descent, Japan, Korean minority, citizenship, belonging, homeland, hostland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520098633
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098633.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonia Ryang, editor

John Lie, editor