The Cost of Belonging: An Ethnography of Solidarity and Mobility in Beijing's Koreatown

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Friday, March 12th, 2021

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The Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) at York University and the Centre for the Study of Korea (CSK) at the University of Toronto are inviting you to the presentation by Prof. Sharon J. Yoon (University of Notre Dame) based on her recently published book on March 12, 2021 (Friday), 3 to 4:30 pm (EST).

In the past ten years, China has rapidly emerged as South Korea’s most important economic partner. With the surge of goods and resources between the two countries, large waves of Korean migrants have opened small ethnic firms in Beijing’s Koreatown, turning a once barren wasteland into the largest Korean enclave in the world. The Cost of Belonging: An Ethnography of Solidarity and Mobility in Beijing’s Koreatown fills a critical gap in East Asian and migration studies through an investigation of how the rise of transnationalism has impacted the social and economic lives of South Koreans searching for wealth and stability in China. Based off in-depth ethnographic fieldwork, this book studies the tensions, relationships, and perceptions in the ethnic enclave of Wangjing between Korean Chinese cultural brokers and South Koreans starting out as entrepreneurs.

Speaker Bio:
Prof. Sharon J. Yoon is Assistant Professor in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. She received her Ph.D. in sociology at Princeton University. Her research focuses on the Korean diaspora in China and Japan. She is the author of The Cost of Belonging: An Ethnography of Solidarity and Mobility in Beijing’s Koreatown (Oxford University Press, 2020).

This event is organized by Hae Yeon Choo (University of Toronto) and is presented by the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) at York University which is funded by the Academy of Korean studies, and the Centre for the Study of Korea at the University of Toronto.

For more information: kore@yorku.ca || https://kore.info.yorku.ca/calendar/


Speakers

Sharon J. Yoon
Speaker
Assistant Professor in the Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

Hyun Ok Park
Moderator
Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE), York University


Sponsors

Centre for the Study of Korea at the Asian Institute, University of Toronto

Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE), York University


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