Saturday, July 25, 2009

Kim on Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA

The Stanford University Press Blog features Nadia Kim's recent book, Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA, and a recent author interview:

Nadia Kim, author of Imperial Citizens Koreans and Race from Seoul to A, was interviewed recently by New America Media. The book Imperial Citizens from Seoul to LA, was interviewed recently by New America Media. The book Imperial Citizens examines the origins, nature, and extent of racial ideas about Koreans in relation to White and Black Americans, investigating how immigrants engage these ideas before they depart for the United States, as well as after they arrive. It shows how Korean history has shaped race relations, from interactions with white soldiers in Korea to interactions with Americans in the US....
According to Kim, "Koreans were thrust into the racial tensions already existing in the United States, and how Koreans are still severely misunderstood here. Kim's book and interview are gateways to understanding Korean racial history, because, as she puts it, Koreans remain an 'invisible and foreign minority here.'" More here.

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