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From a Single Unit Community to a Social Network- Records of the 30-year history of the Nepalese Community in Korea

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2023, 68(), pp.31-67
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2023.68..31
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : January 10, 2023
  • Accepted : February 7, 2023
  • Published : February 28, 2023

Yang Haewoo 1

1경희대학교(국제캠퍼스) 비교문화연구소

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ABSTRACT

On January 23, 1993, 22 Nepalese workers established the Nepalese community at Jongro Cathedral. Nepalese people gathered with the goal of survival, regardless of the class, ethnicity, religion, or political orientation. In order to secure the human rights and workers' rights of migrant workers, it has become a core subject leading the Korean migrant worker movement by actively participating in all rallies, sit-ins, and campaigns. In the history of the Korean Migrant Labor Movement, it has played an important role in securing labor rights to the extent that there is nothing to record, except for the organized activities of Nepalese workers and Nepalese communities. In Korea, migrant workers are still suffering industrial accidents, unpaid wages, abusive language, and assault, and more than 60 people are ending their own lives. Why did the Nepalese society stop fighting when Nepalese agricultural workers are being forced to work long hours under section 63 of the Labor Standards Act and live in accommodations that do not have air conditioners, toilets, televisions, and Wi-Fi connections? This article aims to analyze the process of change in the Nepalese community over the past 30 years and examine the challenges currently faced by the Nepalese community.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.