Looking at the Japan-Residing Korean identities through the eyes of the "outsiders within": Application and extension of co-cultural theory

Masaki Matsunaga, Chie Torigoe

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Using co-cultural theory (Orbe, 1998b) as an interpretive framework, this study analyzed the publicly available narratives of Japan-Residing Koreans (e.g., autobiography) and explored how these marginalized people in Japan manage their ethnic identity. Our analysis revealed that Japan-Residing Koreans' identity management was complex and challenging due to the ambivalence of their positionality. The "neither/nor" nature of their identity makes the pursuit of assimilation and separation difficult. To account for such complexities, a multilevel perspective on co-cultural communication has been proposed. These findings are discussed along with this study's limitations and future directions for the research on Japan-Residing Koreans' identity management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-373
Number of pages25
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication

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