In-Jin Yoon is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Deputy Director of the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University. He served as president of the Association for North Korean Migrants Studies and the Association for the Studies of Koreans Abroad. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and taught at the Asian American Studies Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara. His major publications include On My Own: Korean Businesses and Race Relations in America, Korean Diaspora: Migration, Adaptation, and Identity of Overseas Koreans, North Korean Migrants: Lives, Consciousness, Support Policy for Resettlement, South Koreans’ Perceptions of Migrant Workers and Multicultural Society, Migration and Transnational Space in Northeast Asia, Mutual Perceptions of North Korean Migrants and South Koreans, Trends and Tasks of Studies of Koreans Abroad, and The History of Korea’s Abroad. His research interests include social psychology, minorities, international migration, and multiculturalism.
「 International Migration and Migrant Integration in Korea: Their Relevance to Japan and Chinese Taipei 」
Korea has been experiencing a rapid growth of international migration since the early 1990s and Korean society has become a racially, ethnically, and culturally pluralistic society. The transformation of Korean society has caused tremendous debates and tensions between natives and migrants and among native Koreans themselves about what kind of society Korea should be. I propose that the three concepts, such as multicultural lag, a change from multicultural fever to multicultural fatigue, and immigration dilemma, are useful to explain the current situation and issues of immigration, migrant integration, and multiculturalism in Korea. I also discuss the implications and relevance of the Korean experience to Japan and Chinese Taipei, and predict the future of immigration, migrant integration, and multiculturalism in the three Northeast Asian countries.