International Conference: Korean Immigration and Multiculturalism

An inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence titled Kore­an Immi­gra­tion and Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism will take place at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Feb­ru­ary 12–14, 2014.

photo: S.S. GaelicSince the steamship car­ry­ing the first one hun­dred and two Kore­an immi­grants land­ed at Hon­olu­lu Har­bor on Jan­u­ary 13, 1903, Kore­an immi­gra­tion to the Unit­ed States has con­tin­ued in accor­dance with U.S. immi­gra­tion law and pol­i­cy changes. Accord­ing to the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, there were 1,463,474 Kore­ans resid­ing in the Unit­ed States as of March 2010.

Although there have been efforts to study the devel­op­ment of Kore­an immi­gra­tion to the Unit­ed States, many gaps remain to be filled. In par­tic­u­lar, the legal struc­tures that sup­port­ed immi­gra­tion, the chang­ing iden­ti­ties of the Kore­an immi­grants, and the impli­ca­tions of the Kore­an immi­grants on the devel­op­ing inter­course of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism have been less stud­ied. The rela­tion­ship between Korea and the Unit­ed States has been ever increas­ing since the great expan­sion of Kore­an immi­gra­tion to the Unit­ed States after the adop­tion of 1965 Immi­gra­tion Act. It is now enter­ing into a new stage as a result of the adop­tion of the R.O.K.-U.S. Free Trade Agree­ment in 2011.

This con­fer­ence will offer a sig­nif­i­cant forum to devel­op a deep­er under­stand­ing of the his­to­ry of Kore­an immi­gra­tion and relat­ed legal issues; to con­duct com­par­a­tive research on the Kore­an Dias­po­ra; to fill the gaps in the areas of law and pol­i­cy; and to gauge the impli­ca­tions of Kore­an immi­grants on mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in Korea and in the Unit­ed States.

Con­fer­ence activ­i­ties cen­ter on pre­sen­ta­tions in three ses­sions to be held in the Center’s audi­to­ri­um on Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 13, begin­ning at 9:30 a.m. The pro­gram includes:

  • Ses­sion 1: Kore­an Immi­gra­tion to the Unit­ed States (10:00–11:30 a.m)
    1. Tae-Ung Baik (Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa): “Kore­an immi­gra­tion to Hawaii and the U.S. Immi­gra­tion Act”
    2. Duk Hee Lee Murabayashi (Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Foun­da­tion trustee): “Ear­ly Kore­an Immi­grants’ Con­tri­bu­tion to Hawaii’s Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, 1903–1950”
    3. Seunghye Hong (Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa): “Kore­an Immi­gra­tion to the Unit­ed States and Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism”
  • Ses­sion 2: Kore­an Iden­ti­ty in Glob­al Com­mu­ni­ty (1:00–3:00 p.m.)
    1. Dale W. Lee (Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa): “Kore­an Hawai­ian and Kore­an Iden­ti­ty”
    2. John Lie (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley): “Zainich in Japan and Kore­an Iden­ti­ty”
    3. Ger­man Kim (Al-Fara­bi Kaza­kh Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty): “Koryo-saram in the post-Sovi­et states and Kore­an Iden­ti­ty”
    4. Jin Gunglin (Niiga­ta Sangyo Uni­ver­si­ty): “Chi­nese Chosun-jok in Japan and in the Unit­ed States and Kore­an iden­ti­ty”
  • Ses­sion 3: Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism (3:00–5:00 p.m.)
    1. Jeany­oung Lee (Inha Uni­ver­si­ty): “At the Cross­roads between Eth­nic­i­ty and Nation: Kore­an-Chi­nese Set­tlers in South Korea”
    2. Chul­woo Lee (Yon­sei Uni­ver­si­ty): “The Law and Pol­i­tics of Eth­nizen­ship: The South Kore­an Expe­ri­ence in Glob­al Com­par­i­son”
    3. Gyu-geun Cha (Attor­ney at Law, Jeon, Cha & Lee): “Kore­an Gov­ern­men­tal Pol­i­cy and Its Legal Struc­ture for the Migrants in Korea”
    4. Sang Mi Cho and Jong Serl Chun (Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty): “Devel­op­ment of Inte­gra­tion Pro­gram for Pro­mot­ing Mul­ti­cul­tur­al Accep­tance”

The con­fer­ence was orga­nized by Prof. Tae-Ung Baik of the William S. Richard­son School of Law, Prof. Seunghye Hong of the Myron B. Thomp­son School of Social Work; and Ms. Duk Hee Lee Murabayashi, a trustee of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Foun­da­tion.

The con­fer­ence is spon­sored by the UH Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, William S. Richard­son School of Law, and Myron B. Thomp­son School of Social Work; the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies; The Kore­an Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion Hawaii; and the Asia Insti­tute, Osa­ka Uni­ver­si­ty of Eco­nom­ics and Law.