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Increasing ethnic diversity in Korea : Multiculturalism as a reality, ideology and policy

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  • Kim, Andrew Eungi
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Title Increasing ethnic diversity in Korea
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Multiculturalism as a reality, ideology and policy

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Kim, Andrew Eungi

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[Gyeonggi]:World Congress Korean Studies

Date 2010
Pages 16
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Population
Social Development < Others
Holding World Congress Korean Studies

Abstract

South Korea is rapidly becoming a multicultural society, as more than a million foreigners live in the country. The increasing ethnic diversity has heralded the widespread use of the concepts of multicultural society and multiculturalism. However, these terms have often been misused and misunderstood, as reporters and even scholars have used them indiscriminately and interchangeably, failing to distinguish between multicultural society as a fact, i.e., ethnic diversity in Korean society, and multiculturalism as a policy and ideology. In particular, the latter has been used without an adequate understanding of the multiplicity of its meanings and implications. This paper aims to redress this problem by tracing the origin of the use of term damunhwa or “multicultural” and its related terms such as multiculturalism, multicultural family, multicultural children, and multicultural education. (The rest omitted)