Two Koreas: Borders and Migration

April 5-6, 2013 from 7pm
David Strong Building, room C116
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

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Economic, social and political conditions have prompted large numbers of people from North Korea to migrate to South Korea, China and other parts of the world.

This symposium brings together experts to discuss issues relating to migration to and from the Korean Peninsula with an emphasis on gender, race and language.

Keynote Lecture

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 7:00pm, David Strong Building - Room C116, UVic

Korean Picture Brides and the Formation of a Korean Community in the United States, 1909-1924

Dr. Wayne Patterson, Norbert College, WI

This talk looked at the process by which young women from Korea were matched with Korean bachelors who had earlier come to the United States through only the exchange of photographs and several hundreds of dollars. It looks at the background of the women, why they came, and their often difficult life after arrival in America. Their arrival also made it possible for the creation of a second generation of Koreans, with all the attendant conflicts that ensued between the children and their elders. This talk is based upon my book, The Ilse: First Generation Korean Immigrants in Hawaii, 1903-1973 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000).

Wayne Patterson received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including The Korean Frontier in America: Immigration to Hawaii, 1896-1910 (1988, 1994), The Ilse: First-Generation Korean Immigrants in Hawaii, 1903-1973 (2000), and In the Service of His Korean Majesty: William Nelson Lovatt, the Pusan Customs, and Sino-Korean Relations, 1876-1888 (2011). He has served as Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Korea and as Korea Foundation Visiting Professor. He has also served as a visiting professor of Korean history at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Kansas, the University of South Carolina, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of California-Berkeley, Yonsei University, Ewha University, Korea University, and the University of the Philippines. He is currently Professor of History at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin.

To view this lecture on our Vimeo channel, click here.


Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 9:00am to 4:30pm, 
Senate Chambers, University Centre, UVic

Distinguished Guest Speaker:
Yeon-Ho Choi, The Consul General of the Republic of Korea

Panelists included:

  • Mi Park, Dalhousie University — Sino-DPRK Bilateral Trade: Implications for Korean Reunification and Beyond
  • Jiyoung Song, Singapore Management University — Smuggled Refugees: The Social Construction of North Korean Migration
  • Timothy C. Lim, California State University — Confronting Diversity in South Korea: From Rhetoric to Policy
  • Bonggi Sohn, University of British Columbia — Making Neoliberal Subject: Issues Between Monolingualism and Multilingualism in South Korea
  • Seonok Lee, University of British Columbia — Race Making: Changing Ideas of Race and (Im)migration in South Korea 
  • Sandra Fahy, University of Southern California & Sophia University, Tokyo — Citizen, Resident, Refugee: What is a North Korean migrant, and why isn’t she human?
  • Sophia Woodmoon, University of British Columbia — Local citizenship and China’s hukou system
  • Young Hoon Song, Seoul National University — North Korean Diaspora: The Menu for Choice
  • Chanhyun Cho, University of Victoria — Reports on North Korean Refugees: Can We only Trust Them?
  • Alice Lee, Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, Vancouver 
  • Jeewon Min, University of Victoria — Surrogate Protection in Canada and Potential Nationality in South Korea: Does a North Korean Asylum-Seeker have a “Genuine Link” to South Korea?