Living All My Life Through Kazakhstan And Being A Third Generation Of Ethnic Korean Living Outside The Korea

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Living all my life in Kazakhstan and being a third generation of ethnic Korean living outside the Korea, I have never questioned my identity and have never thought how important it can be.

On March 1 2013, in the apartment of my older brother, in small town in the north of Kazakhstan, everything was prepared for the celebration of my niece’s first-year birthday that Koreans usually call tol’. Small low wooden table was covered with different subjects symbolizing various good wishes for our little girl’s future: a spool of thread for long life, a book for knowledge, bowl of rice for prosperity, money for richness and others. My niece was wearing special Korean dress hanbok that was brought from Korea and was “traveling” my relatives’ families whenever they have their own tol’. This tradition has been always kept in my family as a reminiscence of our ethnic belonging. Though neither of us speaks Korean, nobody except me has ever been in Korea, my family continues to follow at least this key tradition in order to preserve our ethnic identity. I belong to the third generation of my family who was born and raised outside Korea. Though our Korean surnames have been saved, the names are always given Russian, as it began during the Soviet period it continues up to these days. Right now in Kazakhstan live about one hundred thousands ethnic Koreans whose families were deported to Kazakhstan almost 80 years ago from the Far East. Stalin’s repression politics regarding ethnic…

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