Sohoon Yi

Sohoon Yi
Kyungpook National University | KNU · Department of Sociology

PhD

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September 2019 - present
Kyungpook National University
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  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2018 - August 2019
Rice University
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  • PostDoc Position
January 2018 - August 2018
University of Toronto
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  • PostDoc Position

Publications

Publications (12)
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This study examines the use of the term ‘gachul (absconding from home)’ in courts and immigration policies to punish the behavior of marriage migrant women who enter South Korea after marriage and then leave their husbands. The study focuses on penalized mobility outside migrants’ marital homes, which is interpreted as deviance from the expected fa...
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The exploitation of temporary migrant workers (TMWs) employed in Australia has been well documented by academics, government enquiries, and the Fair Work Ombudsman [FWO], the Federal government agency responsible for enforcing wage compliance. This article examines the ways in which temporary migrant workers access information about their employmen...
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This article examines how unions build worker power for day laborers in South Korea’s construction industry in the context of widespread informality. Drawing upon regional case studies of the Korean Construction Workers Union (KCWU), we find that construction day laborers experience poor working conditions and rampant employment violations under mu...
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Inspired by theories of marginalized women’s maternal labor, this article contributes to the literature on the relationship between borders and parenting in Asia. After marital breakdown, marriage migrants in South Korea can extend their stay if they have South Korean children and can present evidence of mothering to the immigration authorities. Th...
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Temporary contract migration represents the predominant form of legal migration policy in Asia. With its rationale of the filling of jobs and provision of income-generating opportunities, it is linked to the migration-development nexus debate. This paper focuses on the impact of migrants' agency as development actors within a transnational sphere....
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This paper investigates a transient border between the temporary and (potentially) permanent migration schemes, by reviewing the changes in migration policies relating to Korean-Chinese (Joseonjok) co-ethnic migrants in South Korea in the last 10 years. We pay attention to Working Visit Status and Overseas Korean Status and the fluidity between the...
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This paper takes as its starting point the multidirectionality and multi-sitedness of change triggered by migration, especially in relation to gender and migrant precarity. More specifically, it interrogates four strands of the gendered migration debate related to marriage migration: various forms of precarity faced by migrant women and their impli...
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This paper conceptualizes the private/public boundary situated in ‘home’ as contested place and the role of care work in demarcating this boundary. I delineate the process in which ‘unnatural’ or temporary homes of migrant women in a host country become a place where women run away from as well as a place women run to, and the implications of this...
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At the global and regional level, the current policy discussion of international migration is dominated by a revived interest in the linkages between migration and development. To date, this debate has left out certain forms of migration and alternative understandings of development, and remained especially unfavourable to particular forms of migra...

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Projects (3)
Archived project
This project explored the gendered meaning of "agency" by examining global governance discourse on migration and development from the perspectives of migrant domestic and care workers.
Archived project
This project explored the development discourse from the perspectives of marriage migrants and was supported by National Research Foundation of Korea, the University of Sydney and Seoul National University.
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Temporarily Family focuses on the impact of the state’s immigration control practices on the bodies and kinship practices of migrant women. In doing so, it extends the discussion on the commodification of personal lives by global financial capitalism and the labor of migrant women in the intimate sphere. This project examines the experience of Korean-Chinese and Vietnamese women who come to South Korea on a temporary legal status mediated by their marital or ethno-kinship relationship with citizens. I call such legal status “temporary ethno-kinship visas,” introducing co-ethnic and kinship migration into the critique of migration management and control. The grafting of temporariness onto ethno-kinship migration programs is a critical site of investigation given the central role of family relations in shaping women’s labor. This project argues that extending the time on their ethno-kinship visas requires migrants to prove to the immigration administration their connections to South Korean families, and the temporal duration of the visa are conduits of dialectic relationships between migrants, their families and immigration authorities.