Rhythms of ‘Free’ movement: migrants' bodies and time under South Korean visa regime

June Hee Kwon
  • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, June 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/1369183x.2018.1482740

Rhythms of ‘Free’ movement: migrants' bodies and time under South Korean visa regime

What is it about?

This article examines the role of transnational rhythms emerging from the particular visa regulation of the South Korean government toward Korean Chinese, a primary migrant worker group in South Korea. The rhythms have created a form of transnational commute between China and South Korea. It also has created a new space-time split--such as Yanbian time as spending time and Korean time as working time, thereby leading to a new transnational material condition, legal environment, and transnational working subjectivity.

Why is it important?

This research highlights the temporal-visceral dimension of transnational migration in shaping a new transnational space and subjectivity by conceptualizing the transnational temporality. In other words, this article emphasizes "rhythm" performs a key role in shaping the transnational space, economy and subjectivity.

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