Migration to and from North Korea

Outsiders: Memories of Migration to and from North Korea is a new book by Markus Bell, published by Berghahn Books. It is reviewed for JCA by Hui Wang of the School of Marxism, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Cultural Integration and Innovation Center, Hebei University of Technology in China.

The reviewer states states the book is “focused on forced migration of the Korean families, filled out with much ethnographic detail, drawn from extensive interviews with Zainichi returnees, who commonly resettle in Osaka or Tokyo, in the ethnic Korean communities in Japan.” The book’s “story of these forced migrants is an analysis of human social emotions and difficult experiences involving multiple movements over several years.”

Wang commends Bell on his use of interviews and thoughtful descriptions to “provide a meaningful perspective on our understanding a little discussed aspect of East Asian migration.”

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