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Memories of Migration to and from North Korea
212 pages, 7 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-229-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2021)
ISBN 978-1-80073-913-0 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Not Yet Published (July 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80073-230-8 eBook
“The ethnographic descriptions are deft, the historical contexts are well drawn, and the emphasis on the multi-generational dynamics of migration flow is exactly on target. The book will certainly be required reading for specialists on Japanese and Korean society and politics but will also be valuable for those interested in refugee issues—especially ‘returns’ of various kinds—and for those assessing the role of international organizations in refugee situations, which can have troubling moral implications. The insights on refugee resilience and the restructuring of memories are also valuable…Highly Recommended.” • Choice
“Outstanding – academically excellent, full of new research findings, theoretically sophisticated and very well written.” • Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Australian National University
In this unique and insightful book, Markus Bell explores the hidden histories of the men, women, and children who traveled from Japan to the world’s most secretive state—North Korea. Through vivid ethnographic details and interviews with North Korean escapees, Outsiders: Memories of Migration to and from North Korea reveals the driving forces that propelled thousands of ordinary people to risk it all in Kim Il-Sung’s “Worker’s Paradise”, only to escape back to Japan half a century later.
Markus Bell is an anthropologist specializing in migration, with over a decade of experience working with displaced people and migrant workers in the Asia Pacific. He has taught at the Australian National University, University of Sheffield, and Goethe University Frankfurt.
Subject: Refugee and Migration StudiesAnthropology (General)
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