This past weekend, the ETAs participated in the 2016 Fall Conference, held in the beautiful city of Gyeongju. Thank you to the KAEC staff, our visitors from the Fulbright Taiwan Commission and the U.S. Embassy, and last but certainly not least, the ETAs for making this conference a success! You can check out photos from the conference on Fulbright Korea's SmugMug website!
This study seeks to understand North Korean defectors' political resocialization. As an immigrant group, North Korean defectors face unique circumstances within political resocialization. Defectors share the same ethnicity as South Koreans. However, they come from a country with a vastly different political, economic, and ideological system that has been in place for nearly seventy years. Such differences have an impact; on defector's adjustment upon arrival in South Korea. Furthermore, the defector population is a marginalized minority group in South Korea. They have difficulty with educational attainment, economic advancement, and mental health issues when adjusting to life in South Korea. Differing ideological upbringing and marginalization affect defectors' self-conceptualization in relation to political ideologies and attitudes.
Ever heard of the Korean Disability Rights Movement? Not many have. Yet, since the 1980s the movement has made a significant impact on the way people with disabilities (PWD) are treated and viewed within the Korean society. The movement has resulted in laws such as the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities act (1989), Disability Employment Promotion and Vocational Rehabilitation act (1999), Anti-Discrimination act (2007), and more.