Ep. 27 – Darcie Draudt on Multiculturalism and Korean National Identity

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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Show Notes

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

Anna Fifield: The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un


Civic nationalism

Demographic decline in Korea


Emigration from Korea

Emma Campbell: South Korea’s New Nationalism: The End of “One Korea”?

Ethnic Korean Chinese nationals in Korea

Ethnic nationalism

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment

Halo video game novels

Hines Ward

Isaac Asimov: The Foundation Trilogy

Isabel Allende: The House of Spirits

Japanese invasions of Korea

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jeong (정)

Joe Halderman: The Forever War

John Lie: Multiethnic Korea?: Multiculturalism, Migration, and Peoplehood Diversity in Contemporary South Korea

John Locke

Joshua Stanton

Korean inferiority complex

Korean studies

Maria Semple: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Marriage migrants in Korea

Metoo movement in Korea

Nora Hui-Jung Kim: The Retreat of Multiculturalism? Explaining the South Korean Exception

Seattle Seahawks

Seoul Gay Pride Festival

Steven Denney, Christopher Green, Peter Ward: New Values and Old Orders: Where do North Koreans Fit in the New South Korea?

Yonsei University


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