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A Study on Korean-Chinese Characters Represented in Korean Films

Kim Jong Soo 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article aims to analyze the perception of Korean-Chinese in South Korea to understand the mentality of South Korean people in a multicultural society through exploring Korean films in which Korean-Chinese characters have been represented since 2000. For this purpose, Korean-Chinese characters represented in Korean Films are divided into male and female. It could be said that South Koreans are biased against Korean-Chinese, who are considered ‘others’ under the economic and cultural hierarchy. Female characters are presented as ‘pure’ and ‘frail’ in the migration narrative while male characters are ‘indecent’ and ‘brutal’ individuals in crime narrative films. Meanwhile, Haemoo [Sea fog] is a story about economically weak Koreans and Korean-Chinese who were in economical conflict with each other, but were victims of the economical restructuring systems under neo-liberalism.

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