Places, Images, Times & Transformations

Zainichi Koreans in Japan

In this opening lecture of the NCTA Teaching Go Workshop, Dr. David Kenley discusses the history of Koreans living in Japan as well as Korea-Japan relations. Focused primarily on contemporary issues, he highlights the social and cultural situation for Koreans in Japan as well as the ethnic discrimination and prejudice that they face daily. This lecture was given to provide background context and understanding of Koreans in Japan central to Kasuki Kaneshiro's novel Go. 

The first part of the NCTA Teaching Go Book Discussion and Workshop held on May 26-27, 2020.

To view the second part of this workshop featuring the literary analysis of Kaneshiro's Go novel, please click here.


Dr. David Kenley is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University. He has a PhD in Chinese History from the University of Hawaii.  Prior to his current position, he was the Director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and Professor of Chinese History at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.  An expert on Chinese migration and overseas identity, his research has taken him all over the world.  Committed to the concept of the scholar-teacher, Dr. Kenley is the author of three books and dozens of scholarly articles, chapters, and reviews.