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978-1-4985-8452-4 • Hardback • June 2020 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
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Jinwon Kim is assistant professor in the Department of Social Science at New York City College of Technology.
Soo Mee Kim is lecturer in sociology at California State University, Los Angeles.
Stephen Cho Suh is assistant professor of sociology and women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Part I: Koreatowns as Economic Formations
Chapter One: The Emergence of a Transborder Koreatown in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
Chapter Two: A Tale of Two Enclaves: Divergent Trajectories among South Korean Educational Migrants in Los Angeles’ Koreatown
Chapter Three: Transnational Entrepreneurship in Manhattan’s Koreatown
Part II: Politics of Koreatowns
Chapter Four: The Split Enclave: Transnationalism and Co-ethnic Conflict in Beijing’s Koreatown
Sharon J. Yoon
Chapter Five: Another Koreatown: Korean Military Brides and Their Forgotten Communities
Yuri W. Doolan
Chapter Six: Being Seen and Not Heard: Impact of Redistricting on Koreatown
Soo Mee Kim
Part III: Koreatowns and Culture
Chapter Seven: The Emergence of Koreatown in Singapore and a Global Community of K-culture Fans
Hyo Kyung Woo
Chapter Eight: The Reterritorialization of Mexico City’s Koreatown, “Little Seoul,” through the Overseas Popularity of Hallyu
Chapter Nine: Reframing the “Riots”: Locating Koreatown in Contemporary Korean American Retellings of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising
Stephen Cho Suh
Based on a rich compilation of research studies conducted by up-and-coming scholars across the field, Koreatowns offers readers the most up-to-date analyses on the political, economic, and cultural re-formation of contemporary Koreatown communities across the world. Based on new and old Koreatowns from gateway and mid-western U.S. cities to Asia, Mexico, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, this collection analyzes how economic restructuring, cultural consumption, globalization, and social inequality have triggered the transnational extension and re-formation of Korean communities in ways that both connect as well as stratify. Readers can learn about emerging phenomenon, such as K-wave cultural communities, post-riot political and cultural formations, trans-border U.S.-Mexico Korean enclaves, Korean military bride camptowns, and stratified international student pathways. This book is a must-read for anyone looking for a fresh perspective on Koreatown and the Korean diaspora and is sure to generate new ideas and discussions on global ethnic enclaves today.
— Angie Y. Chung, University at Albany, SUNY
Covering a wide and varied range of Korean diasporic neighborhoods such as metropolitan areas to border towns, this book examines “Koreatowns” through economics, politics, and culture, while exploring how Korean descendants came to be emplaced throughout the world, especially North America and Asia. It succeeds in advancing literature on immigrant communities, which had focused on spatial concentrations of immigrant enterprises. It also updates Korean socio-spatial formation in the contemporary transnational and global context. It is refreshing to read a sociological work that grounds itself in physical space before engaging topics such as online community and pop culture.
— Kyeyoung Park, UCLA