The Displacement of Borders among Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hyun-Gwi Park, University of Cambridge

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Mongolia Initiative

Since the late nineteenth century, ethnic Koreans have represented a small yet significant portion of the population of the Russian Far East, but until now, the phenomenon has been largely understudied. Based on extensive historical and ethnographic research, this is the first book in English to chart the contemporary social life of Koreans in the complex borderland region. Dispelling the commonly held notion that Koreans were completely removed from the region during the country’s attempt to “cleanse” its borders in 1937, Hyun Gwi Park reveals timely new insights into the historical and current experiences of Koreans living along the Eurasian frontier.


Hyun-Gwi Park finished her PhD in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in post-socialism, the Russian Far East, migration, kinship, and borders. She used to be ESRC postdoctoral research fellow, an affiliated researcher in East Asian Studies, a Research Fellow of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. She is currently working on East Asian-Slavic intersection in the Russian Far East in post-Soviet period and also expands her research to ecological aspect of Korean DMZ and the border between the Korean Peninsula and Russia, 510-6425674