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The Social Construction Of North Korean Women's Identity In South Korea: Romanticisation, Victimisation And Vilification

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It has been more than a decade since North Korea was struck by famine and an outflow of refugees began. By 2007 about 10,000 refugees had settled in the South. Sixty percent of the new settlers are women. In face of the increasing visibility of refugees, this chapter aims to bring the 'people' back into the discourse. The identity of North Korean women has been constructed into a set of complex and contradictory categories: they have become the objects of romanticisation, victimisation and vilification. They are portrayed as the preservers of traditional feminine virtues, asexualised bodies, and sexual objects. The chapter concludes by arguing that the unilateral imposition of identity in the South is harmful for the future social integration of the peninsula.

Keywords: North Korean women; romanticisation; South Koreanpublic; victimisation; vilification



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