A House of Our Own: Diaspora Politics Among Koreans in the Russian Far East

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Abstract

This paper discusses the newly formed public space that exists for Koreans in the Russian Far East (RFE). It shows that the notion of diaspora is a fluctuating political subjectivity in Russia that is largely defined and regulated by the state. It examines the changes that have taken place in the local politics surrounding the Korean diaspora in the RFE resulting from their experience of the Stalinist purge and their return from Central Asia during the post-socialist transition. Central to this research is a building called Koreiskii Dom and the conflicts surrounding its ownership and use. By examining these conflicts, this paper explores how the focus of community for Russian Koreans has shifted from national rehabilitation to cultural recognition influenced by the increasing prominence of businessmen in local politics, and the substantive demands made on public spaces for practices of cultural reconsolidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-447
Number of pages17
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Autonomy
  • Diaspora
  • Koreans
  • Local Politics
  • Nationality Policy in Russia
  • Post-Socialism
  • Russian Far East

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