[KS] a couple of questions

Sunjoo Kim sunjookim1 at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 19 14:01:27 EST 2005

You might want to check out recent dissertations on Koreans in Japanese by:

Donald Smith (University of Washington)
Erin Chung (Chicago)
Chisato Hotta (Chicago)


Sun Joo Kim
Associate Professor of Korean History
EALC, Harvard University
2 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617)495-7539
Fax: 617)496-6040
e-mail: sjkim at fas.harvard.edu

----Original Message Follows----
From: david rands <rands at usc.edu>
Reply-To: Korean Studies Discussion List <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
To: Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws
Subject: [KS] a couple of questions
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 01:01:02 -0800

I am a PhD student at the University of Southern California and am studying 
the development of the Korean communities in Japan. As a part of that 
research I would appreciate any assistance possible in locating information 
on the following two points:

First- What research is available (preferably in English or Japanese, but 
Korean is also acceptable) on regional differences and regional identities 
in the period from 1894-1945. I have found a large amount of information on 
the postwar period, but have not been able to locate anything on the earlier 

Second- How can I find information on the social classes of the Korean 
immigrants? I am breaking down the Korean migration geographically and would 
like to calculate the different ratios of former yangban, chungin, sangmin, 
and ch'onmin. I realize that the system was not so neat and orderly, with 
"yuhak" and a blurring of the classes taking place. However, even in rather 
broad strokes, I would like to see if the geographical distinctions that I 
am finding in other aspects of the immigrants also are mirrored in the 
social make-up of the various communities.

Any help that may be available would be greatly appreciated.

David Rands
Department of History
University of Southern California

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