The Flip: Mobile Communication of North Korean Migrant Women During Their Journey to South Korea

Kang, Juhee, Ling, Richard and Chib, Arul, (2018). The Flip: Mobile Communication of North Korean Migrant Women During Their Journey to South Korea. International Journal of Communication, 12 3533-3552

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    Author Kang, Juhee
    Ling, Richard
    Chib, Arul
    Title The Flip: Mobile Communication of North Korean Migrant Women During Their Journey to South Korea
    Appearing in International Journal of Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 12
    Publication Date 2018-09
    Place of Publication Los Angeles
    Publisher USC Annenberg Press
    Start page 3533
    End page 3552
    Language eng
    Abstract This study focuses on the role of mobile communication in the migratory experiences of North Korean women as they journeyed to South Korea. We examine how mobile telephony played into their transition from perhaps the world’s most digitally disconnected country to one of the most digitally oriented societies. Based on interviews with 20 North Korean women living in South Korea, we examine their use of mobile communication in North Korea and during their journey when it was extremely restricted, clandestine, and fraught. Nonetheless, the phone was often instrumental in their escape. By contrast, on entering South Korea, their use of the mobile phone became structured into everyday life and, in this case, not to have a phone was problematic. Thus, the mobile phone becomes a lens with which to understand relationships and the shifting positions of these migrants vis-à-vis different power structures.
    Keyword mobile communication
    Migration
    Defectors
    north korea
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 1932-8036
    DOI 1932–8036/20180005
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