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[演講公告]The extra-territorial nation-building in flows and relations: North Korea in the global networks and an ethnic enclave

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 10:25 - 12:00
講者: HaeRan Shin
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This study looks at how North Korean transnational refugees’ discourses and practices constitute a new version of the nation outside the materially bordered geography of their homeland. The research suggests the notion of ‘extra-territorial nation-building’ that refers to the social and cultural practices that build a nation as a collective identity and imagined society outside the national territory. Previous studies have not done enough to distinguish the nation from the state, and neither have they acknowledged the importance of individual agents involved in bottom-up nation-building and their transnational ethnic networks. Studies on transnational ethnic networks now look at migrants’daily lives and how they are directly influenced by macro societal changes that have instigated their connection with diaspora, including globalization, the development of communication technologies, and the growth of global organizations. I focus particularly on the political and social engagement of North Korean refugees who first found refuge in South Korea first and then emigrated to the United Kingdom. Based on ethnographic fieldwork including participant observation and in-depth interviews, the findings of the study are twofold. First, it establishes how the global network of North Korean refugees contributed to extra-territorial nation-building through the flow of ideas, discourses, and activities. These efforts also aided in envisioning a future version of the North Korean nation as members initiated measures that would establish an exile government and political activities. Second, the nation-building efforts were vital in distinguishing the North Korean identity from South Korean and Korean-Chinese migrants. As North Koreans resisted integration and adopting South Korean customs, they founded a North Korean language school for their second and third generations, a North Korean association, and cultural organisations so that their community in essence became their nation. This research contributes to the understanding of post-territorial and relational approaches to the concept of the nation.

講者簡介:

Professor, Department of Geography, Seoul National University

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