Contentious Citizenship: Zainichi Korean Activism in Japan
Speaker: Hwaji Shin
About the talk:
The pursuit among Zainichi Koreans to secure their rights in Japan has a long complex history. Today, Zainichi Koreans are classified as “Special Permanent Resident Aliens,” which provides a set of most citizenship rights without having actual Japanese citizenship status. My work addresses what triggered the extension of citizenship rights to non-citizens in recent decades in Japan and to what extent Zainichi Korean activism influences discourse and reform of citizenship laws in today’s Japan.
About the speaker:
Hwaji Shin received her Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook. She is an Associate Professor in Sociology at University of San Francisco. Her research focuses on political sociology, with an emphasis on social movements; race and ethnicity; inter-group conflicts; categorical and spatial inequality, particularly in an urban setting; globalization; colonialism; and the history, theory and sociology of migration, citizenship, and nationalism.
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