27sep12:00 pm- 1:30 pmTHE 45TH HUMAN RIGHTS WORKSHOP12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • The Last SSK Seminar of 2015

    The Last SSK Seminar of 2015

    The last SSK seminar of 2015 was held at Korea University’s International Hall on December 16th. SSK members discussed their research progress and set career goals for the next year. SSK is wrapping up its second stage of research (2013/2014~2015/2016) and preparing for the third stage (2016/2017~2018/2019). Members are currently conducting various research projects onRead more →

  • The 2016 Harvard-Yenching and SSK Conference on Human Rights and the Environment

    The 2016 Harvard-Yenching and SSK Conference on Human Rights and the Environment

    The 2016 Harvard-Yenching and SSK Conference on Human Rights and the Environment was held at Harvard University William James Hall on April 15, 2016. The conference was co-organized by SSK Human Rights Forum, Harvard-Yenching Institute, and SSK Research Team on International Regime and Successful Government. Considering main research areas of each co-organizer, the conference wasRead more →


Negotiating a Multicultural Identity
in Monocultural South Korea: Stigma and the Pressure to Racially “Pass”

-Nikia BROWN and Jeong-Woo KOO, Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies Vol.15 No.1

The current study examines the ways in which stigma affects the identity negotiation of multicultural youth residing in South Korea. Studies report that Koreans hold an unfavorable view of people from Southeast Asia and Japan. Accordingly, Korean-born multicultural children with a Southeast Asian or Japanese ethnic background inherit the stigma ascribed to their parents and must negotiate their ethnic identities amidst stigma and homogeneity. This study used semi-structured in-depth interviews to explore the ways in which participants feel pressure to racially “pass” or solely identify as ethnic Koreans because of the stigma af xed to their ethnic minority identity. Results show that though Southeast Asian-Koreans and Japanese- Koreans experience similar forms of stigmatization and discrimination, most of the Southeast Asian-Korean participants racially identify as Korean while Japanese-Koreans primarily adopt a multicultural identity. Possible reasons for the disparity in racial identi cation are provided as well as implications for future research.Read More


-PATRICIA GOEDDE,Clinical Law Review Spring2014, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p355-378

This article is a case study narrative drawing upon the author’s experience in creating a refugee law clinic at a law school in Seoul, Ko- rea. While clinical legal education has spread transnationally over the past half century, law school clinics in South Korea are still incubating within the context of a new graduate legal education system. This article contemplates the pedagogical and institutional role and limitations of a refugee law clinic within South Korea’s growing refugee advocacy movement, with specific focus on the interaction with the new system of graduate legal education. The clinic has created new institutional space for law students to work with public interest law actors for a transna- tional human rights cause while acquiring lawyering skills. However, the curricular and attitudinal constraints of graduate legal education in South Korea require institutional innovation and flexibility. Read More

Claiming Rights: Organizational and Discursive Strategies of the Korean Adoptee and Unwed Mothers Movement

-Paul Y. Chang and Andrea Kim Cavicchi, Korea Observer 2015 Vol. 46 p.45-180

Since the Korean War, the South Korean adoption industry has grown to be one of the largest in the world today. In 2011, the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea changed the name of the Special Law Relating to the Promotion and Process of Adoption to simply, the Special Adoption Law. The contentious debate sur- rounding the revisions to the Special Adoption Law reflects the complex problems associated with Korea’s long history of adoption. This article contributes to the growing literature on Korean adoption by providing a descriptive overview of the mobilizing strategies adoptee, unwed mothers, and supporting groups pursue to address problems related to adoption practices in Korea today. We first introduce adoptee and unwed mothers service and advocacy orga- nizations. We then analyze three key documents produced by the adoptee and unwed mothers movement to highlight the discursive strategies these organizations use to frame grievances and motivate action. Read More