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Multicultural Korea : South Korea’s changing national identity and the future of inter-Korea relations

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  • Jang, Won Joon
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South Korea’s changing national identity and the future of inter-Korea relations

Material Type Articles
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Jang, Won Joon

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[Stanford]:Stanford University

Date 2015
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs:vol. 10(no. 2)
Pages 12
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Others
Holding Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs

Abstract

The ethnic homogeneity of North and South Korea has been considered a constant for over sixty years, and Korean ethnic nationalism has been used to legitimize the unification policies of both the North and the South. As South Korea attracts more immigration, however, the assumption of ethnic homogeneity is being challenged, and ethnic nationalism in Korea is, slowly but definitely, being replaced by a new civic nationalism that emphasizes democratic values. This paper addresses the implications of this change in South Korean national identity for inter-Korean relations. The paper concludes that South Korea’s policies towards the North will be shaped less by ethnic nationalist considerations and increasingly by a calculation of South Korean national interests informed by democratic values rooted in the new civic nationalism.