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The Cost of Belonging: An Ethnography of Solidarity and Mobility in Beijing’s Koreatown

A poster which includes details of the fifth Korean Studies Distinguished Lecture Series lecture, and includes a description of the book that was discussed at the lecture and a biography of Sharon J. Yoon. There is a picture of the front cover of the book ‘The Cost of Belonging: An Ethnography of Solidarity and Mobility in Beijing’s Koreatown’. The book cover features a colour photograph of three individuals, with their backs turned, looking at a poster on a building which features a ship and cuts of meat. There is also a photograph of Sharon J. Yoon, who has dark hair and is wearing a black top. The poster also includes the logo of the University of Edinburgh and the logo of the Academy of Korean Studies, and the Zoom registration link.As part of the Scottish Centre for Korean Studies’ Distinguished Lecture Series, Assistant Professor Sharon J. Yoon discusses The Cost of Belonging: An Ethnography of Solidarity and Mobility in Beijing’s Koreatown, a book which investigates how the rise of transnationalism has impacted the social and economic lives of Koreans searching for wealth and stability in China.

For more information on the book, please see here.

About the presenter:

Sharon J. Yoon is Assistant Professor of Korean Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. She received her Ph.D. in sociology at Princeton University. Her research focuses on the Korean diaspora. Before coming to Notre Dame, Assistant Professor Yoon was an assistant professor at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul. In addition to her academic research, she has worked with think tanks such as the Korea Economic Institute and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, local grassroots organizations such as the Korea NGO Center and the Center for Multiethnic Human Rights Education in Osaka, and mainstream media outlets such as NPR and KBS World Radio. She speaks fluent Korean and Japanese, and is proficient in Mandarin.


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