Encyclopedia of Diasporas

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

Literature of the Korean Diaspora in Japan

  • Choonmie Kim
Arts in Diasporas
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_35


As opposed to other groups of Korean emigrants, Koreans who live in Japan are often descendants of Koreans who moved there not by choice but by force. Koreans who settle in Europe or the United States are often referred to informally as “refugees.” But these Koreans are mostly economic emigrants, who cross the ocean in search of better lives and brighter futures. While some Koreans moved to Japan for better lives and improved economic opportunities, the majority of the Korean diaspora in Japan relocated as a result of “forced escort,” as soldiers in the World War II fighting for Japan, or as a mobilized labor force.

Under the Japanese occupation from 1910 to 1945, the Japanese confiscated farmland as a part of their colonization scheme, thus depriving people of the foundation for their livelihood. Many Koreans had no choice but to move to Japan or Manchuria for their survival. As a result, the 1920s and 1930s saw the most rapid increase of Koreans in Japan. Their numbers...


Japanese Language Korean Language Japanese Occupation Diaspora Community Japanese Nationality 
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