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Cultural Continuity and Transformation of Josenjok(Korean-Chinese) Families by examining Raising Children Practices

  • 중앙사론
  • 2014, (39), pp.77-109
  • Publisher : Institute for Historical Studies at Chung-Ang University
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

리화 1

1중국 연변대학

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ABSTRACT

In this thesis, I aim to reexamine cultural continuity and transformation of Josenjok(Korean-Chinese) families by examining the transnational children rearing/care phenomena followed by mass international migrations. The research methods are long term in-depth interviews of inhabitants in B village of Jilin(省) Yanji city Chaoyangchuanzhen(鎭) from January 2004 to April 2013. In addition, in March 2013, I conducted the survey over 144 students at one of the high schools in Yanbian and analyzed the results of the survey to show broader range of transnational child care practices. In conclusion, on one hand, the child care practices are carried by close cooperation between parents (mainly by mother) who are leaving their children behind and other family members or relatives who live close with the children. The existing ideology about family and kinship is still in effect within these child care cooperations. However, on the other hand, the traditional family ideology has remarkably been reconstructed by continuous adjusting and negotiating, not has remained intact. These changes show us that the cultural continuity and transformation of Josenjok(Korean-Chinese) families coexist in their child care. Thus, the transnational practices of Josenjok(Korean-Chinese) families should be understood and analyzed as a dynamic process which makes full use of various networks on the basis of traditional ideology while adjusting to new environment.

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