Darcie Draudt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently in Seoul as a Korea Foundation dissertation fieldwork fellow and a visiting scholar at the Yonsei University Department of Political Science. Darcie’s research comprises US-Northeast Asian relations and Korean identity and multiculturalism, and we spend a lot of time on what it means to be Korean today and how the country is grappling with internationalism and growing migration, and how that forces a reconciliation of sorts with traditional – or lets say, conventional – Korean values and perceptions of self. You can connect with Darcie on Twitter, @darciedraudt and view all of her work and current research at darciedraudt.com
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03:51 what is multiculturalism in Korea?
09:21 intrinsic vs external causes for embracing multiculturalism
13:08 preferred migration in Korea
16:35 Korean ethnonationalism vs worldwide national identities
22:01 balancing tradition with liberal values
25:33 foreigner integration in Korea
29:36 the North Korea factor on diversity in Korea
32:01 the North Korea debate
36:51 on working in foreign policy and international security as a woman
40:32 rapid-fire round + extended discussion on multiculturalism and national identity
People, Places, Things Mentioned
Emma Campbell: South Korea’s New Nationalism: The End of “One Korea”?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment
Isaac Asimov: The Foundation Trilogy
Isabel Allende: The House of Spirits
Joe Halderman: The Forever War
Maria Semple: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Nora Hui-Jung Kim: The Retreat of Multiculturalism? Explaining the South Korean Exception
Steven Denney, Christopher Green, Peter Ward: New Values and Old Orders: Where do North Koreans Fit in the New South Korea?