publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

Borders of Belonging: Nationalism, North Korean Defectors and the Spiritual Project for a Unified Korea

Chee, Sarah Eunkyung;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
My dissertation examines the conflicts and contradictions of national identity that emerge out of the interactions between North Korean defectors and Protestant South Korean Protestants who give them aid. Since the mid 1990s, a significant number of North Koreans have migrated to South Korea in search of food and opportunities as a result of a devastating famine. Instead of the warm welcome they expect, defectors are treated with suspicion by South Koreans who have been taught that North Korea is their mortal enemy. South Korean Protestants, who make up the majority of defector aid workers, are unique in their welcome to defectors through material and emotional ...
free text keywords: Cultural anthropology, Asian studies, Religion, nationalism, North Korean defectors, Protestant Christianity, unification
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