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The Korea Now Podcast

Dec 26, 2019

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sharon Yoon. They speak about the historical migration of Korean communities into China, how these migrations have formed long-lasting enclaves, reciprocal migrations of Korean-Chinese back into Korea, how Korean identity exists within these enclaves in China, the differences and animosity between the Korean migrants and the Korean-Chinese, why these enclaves form, how they can be understood, the implications for notions of Korean nationalism, and a new cognitive approach to understanding ethnic identity.

Sharon Yoon is an Assistant Professor at Ewha Womans University. She received her Bachelor in Asian Studies and Sociology from Dartmouth College and her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University. Sharon has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and at Osaka University, and she is the author of the upcoming book ‘The cost of belonging: An ethnography of solidarity and mobility in Beijing's Koreatown’ to be published by Oxford University Press (expected to be released in 2020). Pertinent to this podcast, Sharon is also the author of: ‘Cultural Brokerage and Transnational Entrepreneurship: South Korean and Korean Chinese Entrepreneurs in Beijing's Koreatown’ (, ‘Mobilizing Ethnic Resources in the Transnational Enclave in Beijing’ (, and ‘Ethnic Solidarity in the Korean transnational enclave in Beijing’ (

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