The Quest for Statehood: Korean Immigrant Nationalism and U.S. Sovereignty, 1905-1945

Paperback | November 23, 2011

byRichard S. Kim

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In this book, Richard S. Kim examines the central role played by immigrants in the independence movement that sought to liberate Korea from Japanese colonization. Regarding Japanese rule as illegitimate, Koreans in and out of the Korean peninsula viewed themselves as a stateless people. Theirindependence activities had to be carried out from abroad, creating conditions for the emergence of a diasporic nationalism. Using English and Korean language sources, Kim traces how Koreans in the United States articulated visions of national sovereignty, drawing particularly on American political rhetoric and symbolism, and increasingly relied on U.S. state power to mobilize international support for their cause. Theirefforts to establish an independent homeland necessitated their participation in civic and political activities in the United States, engaging in organizational activity that led to the development of an ethnic consciousness and paradoxically established them as an American ethnic group. Ultimately,Kim argues, homeland nationalism was central to the assimilation of Korean immigrants as American ethnics, even as they were denied U.S. citizenship.

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In this book, Richard S. Kim examines the central role played by immigrants in the independence movement that sought to liberate Korea from Japanese colonization. Regarding Japanese rule as illegitimate, Koreans in and out of the Korean peninsula viewed themselves as a stateless people. Theirindependence activities had to be carried ou...

Richard S. Kim is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:November 23, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195370007

ISBN - 13:9780195370003

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Mapping the Geopolitical Terrain of the Korean Diaspora2. Becoming Diasporic: From Labor Migrants to Exiled Nationalists, 1905-19193. Inaugurating a "New Korea": The March First Movement and the Korean Provisional Government4. Contesting Issues of State Power in the Diaspora5. Local Struggles and Diasporic Politics: The 1931 Court Cases of the Korean National Association of Hawaii6. Kilsoo Haan and "Constructive Americanism": The Ethnicization of Korean Immigrant Nationalism, 1931-19457. "In Due Course": Diasporic Nationalism, the United Korean Committee in America, and U.S. SovereigntyConclusion