Bulletin of Institute for Education and Student Services, Okayama University

Published by 岡山大学全学教育・学生支援機構

ISSN 2432-9665

Changing Ethnic Relations and Diversifying Lives of Zainichi Koreans

Wickstrum Yuuka 岡山大学全学教育・ 学生支援機構
This paper discusses the diversifying lives of Zainichi Koreans in order to understand their identities in transition. Along with the improved legal and social status of Zainichi Koreans and subsequently their living conditions, a large number of Zainichi Koreans have been leaving ethnic institutions, and in some cases, the Zainichi community. The ethnic relations surrounding Zainichi Koreans also partly reflect the diplomatic relations between Japan and the two Koreas. The difference in the images of the two Koreas is a significant factor in their ethnic identities. This paper also examines how Zainichi Korean civil rights movements after the 1970s have encouraged many Zainichi Koreans to assert and maintain their ethnic pride.
Zainichi Koreans
ethnic identities
ethnic organisations
social movements