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Making and Faking Kinship – Marriage and Labor Migration between China and South Korea - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Making and Faking Kinship: Marriage and Labor Migration between China and South Korea

Caren Freeman


In the years leading up to and directly following rapprochement with China in 1992, the South Korean government looked to ethnic Korean (Chosŏnjok) brides and laborers from northeastern China to restore productivity to its industries and countryside. South Korean officials and the media celebrated these overtures not only as a pragmatic solution to population problems but also as a patriotic project of reuniting ethnic Koreans after nearly fifty years of Cold War separation. This book shows that the attempt to bridge the geopolitical divide in the name of Korean kinship proved more difficult t ... More

Keywords: China, South Korea, ethnic Koreans, Cold War, Korean kinship, political divide, discrimination, ethnic homogeneity, migrant workers, migrant brides

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449581
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caren Freeman, author
Hereford Residential College

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