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Diaspora without HomelandBeing Korean in Japan$
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Sonia Ryang and John Lie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098633

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098633.001.0001

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Visible and Vulnerable: The Predicament of Koreans in Japan

Visible and Vulnerable: The Predicament of Koreans in Japan

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(p.62) 3 Visible and Vulnerable: The Predicament of Koreans in Japan
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Diaspora without Homeland
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Sonia Ryang

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098633.003.0004

This article attempts to throw some light on the condition of Korean expatriates in Japan. It starts with a fairly recent instance when revelations made by the Japanese media claimed the kidnapping of thirteen Japanese by the North Korean intelligence, for subservient goals. The revelation entailed quite manifest heightening of domestic hostilities toward the Koreans. The roots of the problem for expatriate Koreans in Japan started from a rather bizarre premise—the postwar national rebuilding of Japan, among other elements, included an erasure of its erstwhile colonial subjects. In terms of policy measures, it converted into an imposed invisibility upon the subjects—a withdrawal of citizenship, omission from census, pension benefits etc., and most importantly, from the victim charts of the holocaust. This subjective invisibility retracted with the given revelation projecting the Korean diaspora in most unfavorable lights and entailing immense associated hazards.

Keywords:   kidnapping, national rebuilding, imposed invisibility, erasure, colonial subjects, citizenship

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