Lecture on Joseonjok/Korean-Chinese Held at KCS on June 19, 2014


Joseonjok KCS Lecture photo June 19 2014

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Pyong Gap Min presented a lecture based on his paper "Ethnic Attachment among Korean-Chinese in New York City" as part of our ongoing lecture series. This presentation was held at the Korean Community Services (KCS) Auditorium, 35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11358, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Between thirty and forty people attended the lecture, which was the 25th in our ongoing seminar series. The discussion after the conclusion of the lecture was particularly interesting. In response to Professor Min's lecture, Leslie Bai, a Korean-Chinese resident of New York City and the Director of the Korea Center at Long Island University, also shared her thoughts and experiences. Additionally, many staff members of the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) were in attendance.

Professor Min's paper examines twice-migrant Koreans from China (Joseonjok/조선족) who now reside in New York City, and their ethnic attachment to Korean immigrants and to South Korea, using personal interviews and census data. Findings show that the Korean-Chinese informants maintain a high level of Korean cultural ethnic attachment, but have little social attachment to either Korean or Chinese immigrants because of a tendency to associate with other members of their own subgroup. Although they have strong Korean ethnic identity, unlike most Korean immigrants (whose ethnic identity focuses on and originates from their South Korean homeland), Joseonjok identify more with Joseon (the last Korean dynasty before the peninsula was divided into North and South Korea). The predominant majority of the Joseonjok informants would cheer for the Chinese team in a hypothetical soccer game between China and Korea, reflecting their strong loyalty to China as opposed to their ethnic ancestral homeland. 



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