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Transforming Korea Into a Multicultural Society: Reception of Multiculturalism Discourse and Its Discursive Disposition in Korea
Asian Ethnicity
  • Ji-Hyun Ahn, University of Washington Tacoma
Publication Date
2-1-2012
Document Type
Article
Abstract

Since 2005, multicultural-based words such as multicultural society, multicultural family, and multicultural education have grown explosively in Korean society. Due to this social trend, adoption of the term multiculturalism has become a trend within the government and press to explain current social changes in Korea. Nevertheless, there have been few efforts to tackle multiculturalism as a crucial political project or a considerable academic theme of discussion. Thus, this study aims to examine how multiculturalism discourse in Korea has been received and draws its discursive disposition. It argues how the media, especially the press, incorporate other crucial issues such as ‘diversity’, ‘human rights’, and ‘minority politics’ in terms of multiculturalism. To analyse, a total of 275 journal articles were selected and scrutinised. This study contextualises Korean multiculturalism and suggests a meta-picture of the discursive economy of multiculturalism in Korea.

DOI
10.1080/14631369.2012.625703
Version
pre-print; post-print with 18-month embargo
Citation Information
Ji-Hyun Ahn. "Transforming Korea Into a Multicultural Society: Reception of Multiculturalism Discourse and Its Discursive Disposition in Korea" Asian Ethnicity Vol. 13 Iss. 1 (2012) p. 97 - 109
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ji-hyun_ahn/2/