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On the Move for Love

Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea


Συγγραφέας: Cheng Sealing
Εκδότης: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812222777
Σειρά βιβλίου: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 304
Διαστάσεις: 23x2x15
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2013

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "On the Move for Love"

Since the Korean War, gijichon-U.S. military camp towns-have been fixtures in South Korea. The most popular entertainment venues in gijichon are clubs, attracting military clientele with duty-free alcohol, music, shows, and women entertainers. In the 1990s, South Korea's rapid economic advancement, combined with the stigma and low pay attached to this work, led to a shortage of Korean women willing to serve American soldiers. Club owners brought in cheap labor, predominantly from the Philippines and ex-Soviet states, to fill the vacancies left by Korean women. The increasing presence of foreign workers has precipitated new conversations about modernity, nationalism, ethnicity, and human rights in South Korea. International NGOs, feminists, and media reports have identified women migrant entertainers as "victims of sex trafficking," insisting that their plight is one of forced prostitution. Are women who travel to work in such clubs victims of trafficking, sex slaves, or simply migrant women? How do these women understand their own experiences? Is antitrafficking activism helpful in protecting them? In On the Move for Love, Sealing Cheng attempts to answer these questions by following the lives of migrant Filipina entertainers working in various gijichon clubs. Focusing on their aspirations for love and a better future, Cheng's ethnography illuminates the complex relationships these women form with their employers, customer-boyfriends, and families. She offers an insightful critique of antitrafficking discourses, pointing to the inadequacy of recognizing women only as victims and ignoring their agency and aspirations. Cheng analyzes the women's experience in South Korea in relation to their subsequent journeys to other countries, providing a diachronic look at the way migrant issues of work, sex, and love fit within the larger context of transnationalism, identity, and global hierarchies of inequality.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Cheng Sealing
Κατηγορία: κοινωνιολογία
Σειρά βιβλίου: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
ISBN: 9780812222777
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 16/07/2013
Εξώφυλλο: Paperback / softback
Σελίδες: 304
Τόπος έκδοσης: Pennsylvania
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 454 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 23x2x15 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 8 illus.

Περιεχόμενα

Introduction: The Angel Club PART I. SETTING THE STAGE Chapter 1. Sexing the Globe PART II. LABORERS OF LOVE Vignette I. A Gijichon Tour in 2000 Chapter 2. "Foreign" and "Fallen" in South Korea Chapter 3. Women Who Hope PART III. TRANSNATIONAL WOMEN FROM BELOW Vignette II. A Day in Gijichon, December 1999 Chapter 4. The Club Regime and Club-Girl Power Chapter 5. Love "between My Heart and My Head" PART IV. HOME IS WHERE ONE IS NOT Vignette III. Disparate Paths: The Migrant Woman and the NGO Chapter 6. At Home in Exile Chapter 7. "Giving Value to the Voices" Chapter 8. Hop, Leap, and Swerve-or Hope in Motion Appendices Notes References Index Acknowledgments

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