South Korea's Education Exodus

The Life and Times of Early Study Abroad

Edited by Adrienne Lo, Nancy Abelmann, Soo Ah Kwon, and Sumie Okazaki

  • Published: August 2015
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 362 pp., 26 bandw illus., 4 charts, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Distributed for: Center for Korea Studies, University of Washington
  • Series: Center For Korea Studies Publications
  • Contents

South Korea's Education Exodus analyzes Early Study Abroad in relation to the neoliberalization of South Korean education and labor. With chapters based on demographic and survey data, discourse analysis, and ethnography in destinations such as Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States, the book considers the complex motivations that spur families of pre-college youth to embark on often arduous and expensive journeys. In addition to examining various forms and locations of study abroad, South Korea's Education Exodus discusses how students and families manage living and studying abroad in relation to global citizenship, language ideologies, social class, and race.
Adrienne Lo is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nancy Abelmann is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures and an associate vice chancellor of research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Soo Ah Kwon is associate professor of Asian American studies and human and community development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sumie Okazaki is professor of applied psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.
List of Illustrations

Introduction: South Korea's Education Exodus

Part One The Lay of the Land
1. Early Study Abroad
2. The Domestication of South Korean Early Study Abroad in the First Decade of the Millennium

Part Two Navigating Class and the Global
3. Going to School in New Zealand
4. School Choice in the Global Schoolhouse
5. The "Other Half" Goes Abroad: The Perils of Public Schooling in Singapore

Part Three The Dilemmas of Global Citizenship
6. Going Global in Comfort
7. From FOB to Cool
8. Early Wave Returnees in Seoul

Part Four Managing Early Study Abroad
9. The Legal and Religious Citizenship of Korean Transnational Mothers
10. "We Are More Racist": Navigating Race and Racism in (Korean) America
11. Psychosocial Adjustments of South Korean Early Study Abroad Students

Part Five The Field Speaks
12. Coming to Terms with Our "Asian Invasion"
13. My Life in the States, Alone


"South Korea's Education Exodus provides readers with rich narratives centering on Early Study Abroad (ESA) as a lens through which one can understand not only the inner workings of ESA but its intimate connections with broader structural factors. . . . [A] useful resource in undergraduate courses on modern and contemporary Korea, international education, inter-Asia cultural studies, multiculturalism, and globalization."
-Hyaeweol Choi, Journal of Asian Studies