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Youke and Sanke - Toward affective geography of postcolonial Asia

Dong-Jin Seo 1

1계원예술대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this article, we draw attention to the “moving subject ” known as “Youke.” The definition of Youke, which refers to Chinese tourists who visit South Korea, does not seem to make sense. First, these individuals are not Chinese, because the term does not encompass Chinese who dwell, work, study, and so on in South Korea. Second, such people are not tourists, because the term excludes tourists who visit and tour other countries. That is, Youke is a narrative fabricated and elaborated upon by Koreans, particularly among agents in the tourism industry, government, public institutions, and media, among other areas of society. This article examines how place, affect, and historical memory intertwine to determime the narrative strategies of representing the moving subjects, stepping beyond the diaspora discourse which has been predominant in dealing with them. In conclusion, we call for affective geographies of the mobility of travel and tourism and the immobility of conflict and confrontation struggling with discourses to represent mobility, subject and places on East Asia.

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