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Becky Yi

I am a recent graduate of Smith College where I majored in Government and received a certificate in Asian Pacific American Studies. I will be traveling to Ussuriisk with my Fulbright to research on Labor Migration Patterns among Korean-Russians in the Russian Far East, particularly concentrating on how the revival of their Korean ethnic identity has emerged through these migration processes. I will be based in the Ussuriisk Pedagogical Institute where I will work alongside other Korean-Russian scholars.

I grew up in Queens, New York as a daughter of Korean-American immigrant greengrocery workers. My own experiences of being a Korean minority in America have stirred my curiosities to understand the Korean Diaspora in Russia. This is a politically historic time for Russia, and especially for the many Korean-Russians who have been returning to the Russian Far East from Central Asia (where they had been forcibly taken during Stalin’s reign). I hope to unravel the deeper complexities of Korean-Russian identity through understanding their history and their current political sociology.

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Tverskoy Bul'var 14, building 1, 4th floor, Moscow, Russia 125009.
Tel: +7(495) 935-8353, Fax: +7(495) 937-5418. Contact: info@fulbright.ru