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ERIC Number: EJ1417627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2005-615X
EISSN: EISSN-2377-0031
North Korean Refugee Students' Strategy of School Engagement and Its Impact on Identity in South Korea: "Aspiration towards an Inter-Korean Identity through a Process of Being One of Them."
Hagyun Kim; Kwanghyuk Kim
Multicultural Education Review, v15 n4 p288-309 2023
As of December 2023, 34078 North Korean refugees live in South Korea, raising concerns about social exclusion and marginalization. A Straussian grounded theory study analysed the experiences of 17 female North Korean refugees in South Korea, highlighting a disparity between their legal rights and everyday participation, especially in education. Educational inequality for North Korean refugee students persists, stemming from academic deficits and institutional barriers. To cope, they employ a strategy of 'being one of them', aiming to blend in as South Korean peers while concealing their heritage. This approach fosters confidence and supportive relationships, aspiring the development of an inter-Korean identity that values their North Korean heritage and embraces a sense of belonging in South Korea. The study sheds light on the necessity of adopting a social perspective in multicultural education, emphasizing the importance of intergroup dialogue in promoting inclusive representation of North Korean refugee students within the educational setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea; North Korea
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