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Contested EmbraceTransborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea$
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Jaeeun Kim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804797627

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804797627.001.0001

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Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Transborder Ties

Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Transborder Ties

(p.1) Introduction Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Transborder Ties
Contested Embrace

Jaeeun Kim

Stanford University Press

This chapter begins with three ethnographic vignettes that reveal the common experiences of colonial-era ethnic Korean migrants and their descendants in Japan and northeast China: forcible separation from and neglect by their state of origin; shifting sense of loyalty and belonging to multiple states involved; efforts to maintain, rebuild, or take advantage of cross-border family ties; and complex dealings with various documentation practices in attempts to reclaim membership in their putative “homeland.” The chapter situates the book in the literature on transborder membership politics and discusses its distinctive contributions. Building on a wide range of literature on official classification practices, modern identification techniques, the symbolic power of the state, and the control of cross-border migration, this chapter proposes a set of theoretical arguments about how states’ registration and documentation practices contribute to the making, unmaking, and remaking of the “homeland state” and the “transborder nation.”

Keywords:   international migration, citizenship, nationalism, transnationalism, symbolic power, border control, Korea, China, Japan

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