Cultural Discourses About Immigration, Mothering, and Disability in Korea: An Ethnographic Interview Study

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MinSoo Kim-Bossard


Korea, Mothering, Disability Studies in Education, Critical Disability Studies


This paper investigates ableism in the context of marriage-labor immigration in Korea, as demonstrated in the circulating discourses about mothering, cultural others, and deficits. I use examples from ethnographic interviews to underline the deficit perspective prevalent in Korean society, associating marriage-labor immigrant families with insufficiency, inferiority, and disability.

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