[KS] The 78th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum (Professor Hyuk-Rae Kim, GSIS, Yonsei University)

김혁래 hyukrae at yonsei.ac.kr
Sat Mar 15 01:46:50 EDT 2008

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The Korean Studies Program and the Institute for Modern Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University are pleased to invite you to attend the 78th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum, which will be held on Thursday, March 27th at 6:00 PM in Room 702 of New Millennium Hall at Yonsei University. The speaker is Professor Joon K. Kim, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University. The title of his talk is “Theory of Ethnic Antagonism and South Korea's Split Labor Market: The Role of Civil Society.” The abstract of his paper and a brief bio can be found at the end of this email.  
 The presentation will be followed by a dinner reception. I hope you will come to enjoy the presentation, discussion, and reception. Please contact Jennifer Bresnahan at 010-5441-9204, jennifer.bresnahan at gmail.com for further inquiries.  
Hyuk-Rae Kim
Professor of Korean StudiesDirector, Institute for Modern Korean Studies
GSIS, Yonsei University 

            Introduction of foreign labor often creates conditions of conflict among the higher-priced domestic labor, the employer and the lower-priced migrants. The theory of ethnic antagonism attributes the conflict to the development of a split labor market whereby the employer recruits migrants in order to undercut domestic labor. This paper broadens the discussion about the alternatives to ethnic antagonism by examining the role of civil society organizations in . The preemption of conflict is achieved through the dynamic activism of the migrant advocacy organizations, the broad social base of support networks, and the positive ideological framework concerning migrant discourse.


Joon K. Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity at Colorado State University in the United States of America. He is a Korea Foundation Field Research Fellow at the Institute of Modern Korean Studies of the Graduate School of International Studies and the Department of Sociology at Yonsei University for 2007-08. He received a B.A. degree from the New School for Social Research and M.A., Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. His publications on Korea’s migrant worker issues include: “International Migration of Women: A New Commodity Frontier in South Korea’s Sex Industry,” Asian Survey (May/June 2008); “State, Civil Society and International Norms: Expanding the Political and Labor Rights of Foreigners in South Korea,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (vol. 14, no. 4, 2005); “Towards a Formulation of the Republic of Korea’s Foreign Worker Policy: Lessons from Japan and Germany,” Asia-Pacific Population Journal, (June/2004); “Insurgency and Advocacy: Unauthorized Foreign Workers and Civil Society in South Korea,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (vol. 12, no.3, 2003); “An International Labour Migration to Developing Countries in Asia: A Case Study of Korea,” Korea Journal of Population and Development, (vol. 25, no. 2, 1996). He is currently working on a book entitled, Conflicts of International Migration: Structuring Foreigner Policies and Advocacy in South Korea. He can be reached by email: Joon.Kim at Colostate.edu.



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