Mediating the South Korean Other

Representations and Discourses of Difference in the Post/Neocolonial Nation-State
David C. Oh, Editor
Offers a new framework for understanding ethnic and racial difference in Korea


Multiculturalism in Korea formed in the context of its neoliberal, global aspirations, its postcolonial legacy with Japan, and its subordinated neocolonial relationship with the United States. The Korean ethnoscape and mediascape produce a complex understanding of difference that cannot be easily reduced to racism or ethnocentrism. Indeed the Korean word, injongchabyeol, often translated as racism, refers to discrimination based on any kind of “human category.” Explaining Korea’s relationship to difference and its practices of othering, including in media culture, requires new language and nuance in English-language scholarship.

This collection brings together leading and emerging scholars of multiculturalism in Korean media culture to examine mediated constructions of the “other,” taking into account the nation’s postcolonial and neocolonial relationships and its mediated construction of self. “Anthrocategorism ,” a more nuanced translation  of injongchabyeol, is proffered as a new framework for understanding difference in ways that are locally meaningful in a society and media system in which racial or even ethnic differences are not the most salient. The collection points to the construction of racial others that elevates, tolerates, and incorporates difference; the construction of valued and devalued ethnic others, and the ambivalent construction of co-ethnic others as sympathetic victims or marginalized threats.
David C. Oh is Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Product Details

  • 296 pages.
  • 1 figure, 3 tables.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Ebook
  • 2022
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-22037-3

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