[KS] Call for papers- AAS-in-Asia 2017 Conference

Juliette Schwak schwakjuliette at gmail.com
Thu Sep 15 23:43:33 EDT 2016

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for panelists to participate in the following panel at the
Association for Asian Studies in Asia 2017 Conference, which will take
place at Korea University between June 24 and 27, 2017.

Any approach or discipline that fits with this proposal is welcome. If you
are interested in participating, please send a 250 word abstract to
Juliette Schwak, City University of Hong Kong: julietteschwak at gmail.com and
Dohye Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
dohyekim at gmail.com *before
October 5*.

*From Global North to Global South: South Koreans in the Philippines*

Since 2006, South Koreans form the largest foreign group residing in and
visiting the Philippines. Their purposes for residing in the Philippines
are diverse, and include learning English, retiring, and engaging in business.
At the same time, Korean money has continued to flow into the archipelago
in the form of investments and development assistance. The inflows ofmobile
Koreans and their correlated investments to the Philippines raise important
questions, not only with regards to their demographic volume but also in
terms of their tremendous impact on local realities. As Korean migrations
to the Philippines suggest new forms of inter-Asian spatial configurations,
they actually tend to reproduce socio-economic disparities between the
Asian North and South. Indeed, unlike labor migrants heading for
late-capitalist countries to look for better subsistence opportunities,
Koreans in the Philippines tend to occupy the roles of dominant investors
and consumers (of English and leisure). Likewise, Korean development
assistance flows to the Philippines, while exporting developmental
voluntarism, are also closely linked with Korean corporate overseas
investments, creating both conflictual and synergic relations with local
communities in the Philippines. This panel thus aims to evaluate the
economic and socio-cultural impact of Korean financial and political
capacities on the Philippines’ land and people. The Philippines have surely
opened up new opportunities for Koreans, and this panel retraces how these
opportunities are conceived, performed and received at the local level.

Looking forward to reading your abstracts.

Thanks for your attention, and happy Chuseok!


Juliette Schwak

Doctoral Researcher - Department of Asian and International Studies
City University of Hong Kong
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