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

Erin Aeran Chung

in Diaspora without Homeland

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520098633
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916197 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098633.003.0008
The Politics of Contingent Citizenship: Korean Political Engagement in Japan and the United States

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Comparison between the Korean communities in Japan and the US concludes that the community in the former represents a highly assimilated, structurally foreign community, while in the latter, it represents a linguistically and culturally distinct, structurally incorporated community. This article appraises the dynamics of citizenship and identity politics of the Korean communities in these two countries. Although both countries share restrictive immigration policies, the US projects itself as a country of immigration, whereas Japan maintains closed-door policies toward immigrants and has the worst record in the industrialized world for accepting refugees. Japanese citizenship policies are among the most restrictive of advanced industrial democracies. Hence, a natural expectation would be to find a highly deprived Korean community in Japan with barely any political voice and a cohesive Korean-American community whose interests are represented in U.S. politics. The exact opposite of this inference, in real life, is inquired in this article.

Keywords: citizenship; immigration policies; closed-door policies; inndustrial democracies; political voice

Chapter.  8174 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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