Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction. Between the Nations: Diaspora and Koreans in Japan

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pp. 1-20

How many Koreans are there in the world today? Answering this question would appear to be a relatively simple endeavor, considering that Korea is a small nation. Yet it quickly becomes complicated, involving the calculus not only of demography but of political allegiance, social affiliation, and cultural identity. ...

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1. Occupations of Korea and Japan and the Origins of the Korean Diaspora in Japan

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pp. 21-38

The announcement on August 15, 1945, by the Japanese emperor declaring Japan’s intention to accept the Allied forces’ terms of unconditional surrender sent Koreans throughout the empire into the streets in celebration. For the first time in decades they could freely associate with their fellow countrymen, communicate in their language, ...

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2. Freedom and Homecoming: Narratives of Migration in the Repatriation of Zainichi Koreans to North Korea

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pp. 39-61

In the nonfiction essay that concludes War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy wrestled with a problem that haunts all history writing. When we look at the “infinitesimal” histories of individual lives, each person appears as a free human being, determining the course of his or her actions. ...

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3. Visible and Vulnerable: The Predicament of Koreans in Japan

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pp. 62-80

Whereas the national security keyword in the United States since 2001 has been “9/11,” in Japan it is “9/17.” On September 17, 2002, the Japanese media reported that North Korea had abducted Japanese citizens during the 1970s and 1980s. With sensational and sentimental language, reporters relayed the shocking news that North Korean secret agents penetrated Japan’s coastal prefectures ...

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4. Reinventing Korean Roots and Zainichi Routes: The Invisible Diaspora among Naturalized Japanese of Korean Descent

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pp. 81-106

Mika realizes her Japaneseness reflectively, in the presence of relatively “thick” zainichi. Perhaps one of the privileges of being “ordinary Japanese” in Japan, rather than Korean-Japanese or Chinese-Japanese (although such hyphenations are not widely used in Japanese), is that authentic Japaneseness is so taken for granted that there is no need to pause and reflect on it. ...

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5. Pacchigi! and Go: Representing Zainichi in Recent Cinema

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pp. 107-120

The highly regarded Japanese cinema magazine (Movie Times) named as its 2005 film of the year Pacchigi! (Head-butt), a film about love and friendship between ethnic Japanese and zainichi youth.1 The magazine’s decision came as a surprise: in 2001 the same prize had been awarded to the similarly themed Go, ...

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6. The Foreigner Category for Koreans in Japan: Opportunities and Constraints

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pp. 121-146

The term foreigner in general signifies the status of an outsider, and is therefore likely to be employed by the dominant group in society to exclude such persons. In today’s Japan, however, there are a number of instances in which the word foreigner [gaikokujin] is being used as a positive categorical term. ...

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7. The Politics of Contingent Citizenship: Korean Political Engagement in Japan and the United States

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pp. 147-167

Despite similarities in time period, country of origin, and labor composition, Korean migration to Japan and the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present has produced strikingly different communities. The current Korean resident population in Japan numbers a little under 600,000 and constitutes the oldest foreign resident community in Japan, ...

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8. The End of the Road? The Post-Zainichi Generation

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pp. 168-180

In the early years of the twenty-first century, South Korean stars illuminated television screens in many Japanese households. Fanatical fans flocked to the location of a popular South Korean soap opera, Fuyu no sonata (Winter Sonata). Less ambitiously, they snapped up expensive photo books of its lead actor. ...

Notes

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pp. 181-198

References

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pp. 199-218

Contributors

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pp. 219-220

Index

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pp. 221-229