Event Detail Information
EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES -- Dr. Alyssa Park, Dept. of History, University of Iowa: "Korean Family in Comparative Perspective: Looking Beyond the North: Korean Migrants, Passports, and Citizenship in Russia and Manchuria at the Turn of the 20th Century"
This talk addresses the jurisdictional contests over Koreans in the Russian Far East at the turn of the 20th century. After the Russians acquired a new boundary with Korea in 1860, the fomer military buffer zone was transformed into a porous borderland where disparate peoples, economies, and ideas coexisted and contended with one another. Thousands of Koreans migrated to the Russian Far East and became one of the largest ethnic groups there. Their movement spurred a flurry of debates between border officials of Choson Korea and Russia about the ambiguous subjecthood of Koreans abroad. This talk examines local debates about the legal status of Koreans by situating them within global contexts of "hardening" national borders, prevalence of passports, and discourse about aliens and subjects. The discussant will be Jung Wook Pyo, a graduate student from the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures. The paper to be discussed is scheduled to be available at: http://koreanworkshop.pbworks.com