Fri. Feb. 15. 2019Field trip to Osaka Korea Town
February 3, 2018 : Field trip to Osaka Korea Town
Students had an opportunity to have a guided tour in Osaka Korea town by Zainichi Koreans.
Below is a report by Sunny Snell (KCJS30spring, Brown University).
I really appreciated the chance to go to Osaka and receive a tour of Koreatown from Mr. Oh Song (Cross Base, Nonprofit organization based in Koreatown). Although I had read and heard about Zainichi Koreans, seeing the city itself and hearing from someone who holds that identity was powerful. Mr. Song showed us local landmarks involving the long history between the Japanese and Korean kingdoms, and talked about more contemporary issues, such as the large proportion of foreign children in Japan who are not required (and therefore not attending) school, or recent xenophobic sentiment in the Osaka area. Born and raised in Japan with Korean heritage, it sounds like the Zainichi have faced many challenges, and their struggles with identity and belonging feel especially resonant with the current political climate of the U.S.
Getting to eat some Korean food afterwards also didn’t hurt!