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Call for Papers: Edited Volume on Immigration, Marriages, and Multicultural Families in South Korea
 
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Call for Papers

 

Edited Volume on

Immigration, Marriages, and Multicultural Families in South Korea:

Reflections and Future Directions

 

Editors: Minjeong Kim, Ph.D., San Diego State University, mkim@mail.sdsu.ed

Hyeyoung Woo, Ph.D., Portland State University, hyeyoung@pdx.edu

                                                

Since the 1990s, Chinese and Southeast Asian women have been arriving in Korea en masse as brides of Korean men. Entering the 21st century, their numbers grew rapidly and by the mid-2000s, one out of ten marriages was between a Korean native and a foreign-born spouse. In 2006, the South Korean government implemented the first major policy for marriage immigrants and their families, Plan for Supporting Social Integration of Women Marriage Immigrants and Families. This plan served as a blueprint for the 2008 Multicultural Family Support Act (MFSA), which codified state support for Korea’s “multicultural” policies. Under the Act, numerous programs and campaigns were developed with virtually exclusive attention to the families of marriage immigrants, which have been called “multicultural families,” despite the higher number of labor immigrants and their families.

 

As of 2015, the foreign-born population in Korea was almost 1.9 million, while marriage immigrants were about 150,000. Discursive exclusion of immigrant families, distinguished from families with marriage immigrants, thus, leaves out a much larger population from the scope of “multicultural families” and this has created a paradoxical form of multiculturalism. Ideologically, Korea’s multiculturalism is based in the notion that the Korean society should recognize ethnic and racial heterogeneity and be inclusive of the children of marriage immigrants. But in practice, “multicultural” programs and services have taken an “assimilationist” approach by teaching marriage migrants the Korean language and culture and helping immigrants fit in with their Korean families.

 

Some scholars have characterized this period of the late 2000s as the “multicultural boom” or the “multicultural explosion.” “Multicultural families,” namely marriage immigrants and their families, were promoted, displayed, or critiqued in newspapers, television shows, and academia. However, under self-serving, assimilationist “multiculturalism” that excluded other immigrant families, the position of immigrants has been at a standstill in South Korean society, with no vision of a truly multicultural Korea in sight. Rather, in recent years, Korean academics and the larger public have expressed “multicultural fatigue” and even “multicultural phobia” due to the perceived overload of “multicultural talk.”

 

2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of the first policy for marriage immigrants and soon comes the 10-year anniversary of the MFSA. At this juncture, our aim is to broaden our purview, be inclusive of diverse families of immigrants, investigate new questions, and explore future directions of scholarly discussions on diversity and inclusion in South Korean society. We invite 300-word abstracts on topics related to immigrant families, intermarriages, and genders in South Korea to be considered for publication in this volume. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

 

·       International and domestic marriage trends

·       Families with women marriage immigrants

·       Formation of immigrant families (co-ethnic or inter-ethnic “foreign-born” couples)

·       Gender relations in families with marriage immigrants or immigrant families

·       Intergeneration relations in families with marriage immigrants

·       Marital quality and family relations in immigrant families

·       Parenting of internationally-married couples or immigrant parents

·       Educational achievement and well-being of second-generation immigrants

·       Marriages of undocumented or stateless immigrants

·       Immigrant husbands and ethnic identities

·       Governing immigrant families  

·       Social services for immigrant families

·       Political activism for marriage immigrants and/or immigrant families

·       Intimate relationships of LGBT immigrants

 

Please email abstracts accompanied by a C.V. to both Minjeong Kim (mkim@mail.sdsu.edu) and Hyeyoung Woo (hyeyoung@pdx.edubymidnight (PST) March 31, 2017. We will notify whether or not abstracts are accepted by the end of April. Once the abstracts are accepted, authors will be asked to submit full manuscripts by August 31, 2017. If you have additional questions, please contact Minjeong Kim or Hyeyoung Woo at the address above. 


   
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