The East Asian Speakers Series presents a talk by Dr. Alyssa Park, Mobility and Borders between Russia and Asia: Claiming Korean Migrants in the Late Nineteenth Century on Friday, January 19, 1 – 3 pm at the Purple Lounge (Robarts Library, 14th floor).
The late nineteenth century was the era of mobility and bordermaking around the globe. States defined borders and claimed space within them to an unprecedented degree, and people traveled across space, transgressing those borders. This talk explores these topics in a single analytical lens through the case of Korean migrants living in the Maritime, the Russian side of a newly delineated border area (Korea, Russia, China). Why they migrated, how officials viewed them, and what kinds of conflicts and questions arose from their respective claims on Koreans are subjects that will be discussed, as are the possibilities for the writing of transnational history for Russia and East Asia.