Koreans in Japan
Critical Voices from the Margin
Edited by Sonia Ryang
Routledge – 2005 – 240 pages
Koreans in Japan are a barely known minority, not only in the West but also within Japan itself. This pioneering study analyses these relations in the context of the particular conditions and constraints that Koreans face in Japanese society.
The contributors cover a wide range of topics, including: the legal and social status of Koreans in Japan; the history of Korean colonial displacement and postcolonial division during the Cold War; ethnic education; and women's self-expression. These studies serve to reveal the highly resilient and diverse reality of this minority group, whilst simultaneously highlighting the fact that - despite recent improvement - legal, social and economic constraints continue to exist in their lives.
'Its publication will stimulate further detailed research into Zainichi Korean issues and a steady flow of publications in this very important field.' - Social Science Japan Journal
'Koreans in Japan is well (re)presented and will be an invaluable source for students of marginalized peoples and of Japanese body politic.' - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute