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CJS Noon Lecture Series | Contentious Citizenship: Zainichi Korean Activism in Japan

Hwaji Shin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of San Francisco; and the 2020-21 CJS Toyota Visiting Professor
Thursday, September 24, 2020
12:00-1:30 PM
Off Campus Location
The pursuit among Zainichi Koreans to secure their rights in Japan has a long complex history. Today, Zainichi Koreans are classified as “Special Permanent Resident Aliens,” which provides a set of most citizenship rights without having actual Japanese citizenship status. This talk addresses what triggered the extension of citizenship rights to non-citizens in recent decades in Japan and to what extent Zainichi Korean activism influences discourse and reform of citizenship laws in today’s Japan.

Hwaji Shin is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco. Shin was born and grew up in Osaka City, Japan as a third generation Zainichi Korean. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an independent investigator for NGOs in Japan and developed policy recommendation reports for the municipal government on incorporation of the Korean minority community in Japan as well as outreach efforts for the shelter-less population in Osaka City. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her published works address the impact of colonialism and globalization on the citizenship and immigration policies in Japan, as well as minority activism, with a special focus on Zainichi Koreans in Japan. She is currently working on her book manuscript that examines the historical trajectory of citizenship and immigration policies, and its relation to the resistance of the Korean minority in Japan. Her research and teaching expertise are centered in political sociology, with an emphasis on social movements, race and ethnicity, categorical and spatial inequality, globalization, colonialism, and the history, theory and sociology of migration, citizenship, and nationalism.

She is the 2020-21 Center for Japanese Studies Toyota Visiting Professor.

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This event is cosponsored by the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies, Sociology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Nam Center for Korean Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures