Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

Koreans in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Russia

  • German Nïkolaevich Kim
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_100

Alternative Names

There are roughly 500,000 Koreans living in the former Soviet Union, about two-thirds of them in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and the remaining one-third mostly in Russia. In the past, both in the academic literature and the vernacular, the term “Soviet Koreans” was used to refer to all Koreans living in the USSR, but the Koreans referred to themselves as either Koryo saram or Choson saram1 interchangeably. Nowadays the term Koryo saram is preferred. Recently in South Korean scientific literature, mass media, and everyday speech two variants of the name, Koryoin and Koryo saram, have become most commonly used in regard to post-Soviet Koreans.

In the Russian language Koreans are referred to as Koreyets, and specification by adjectives usually is given; for example, Soviet Korean, South Korean, North Korean, and so on. As to pejorative names, in Russian they typically apply to all Asian peoples rather than to Koreans in particular. The most common are such pejorative...

Keywords

Ethnic Identity Korean Peninsula Korean Woman Card Game Soviet Period 
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