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Democratic Civic Education for the Encouragement of Political Participation of Immigrants in Multicultural Societies

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2018, 25(1), pp.61-91
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2018.25.1.003
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : February 18, 2018
  • Accepted : March 11, 2018
  • Published : March 30, 2018

Song, Saem 1 Lee Jae Mook 2

1한국외대
2한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine characteristics of Korean multicultural society distinguished from Western Europe, to suggest the direction of multicultural policy and discourse, and to seek civic education plan for activating immigrants’ political participation. The Korean multicultural society has a different historical and cultural background than Western European multicultural society. Korea needs multicultural society discourse and policy setting rather than ‘multiculturalism’. ‘Multiculturalism’ allows immigrants to remain as a permanent outsider or minority group. We should respond to the multicultural society with the concept of ‘citizenship’ of migrants. As immigrants grow up as citizens and actively participate in politics, they can strengthen their sense of belonging to the Korean society, and they can form a positive perception of the immigrants of ordinary citizens. Therefore, the citizens ‘education for citizens’ It is necessary to search. Citizen education should be structured to enhance understanding of Korean political system and culture and strengthen citizens’ identity.

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