MORE ON HER CONTRIBUTION TO THE BOOK
Nirmala wrote to us about her chapter, "Canadian Temporary Migrant Workers Teaching English in Seoul: The Contradictions between Racial Privilege and Precarious Status". She said:
The chapter is about young Canadians who travel to Seoul, South Korea, to teach English. It is based on a research project titled: "Korea is Korea. How do we react to that? Honestly, 'cos it frustrates us."
The research examines how they are racialized as white Westerners in South Korean society and how they respond to this positioning. Given that these identities are relational and are never disinterested or value-free, these Canadians oscillate between notions of privilege and the vulnerabilities they face as temporary foreign workers.
The concepts of race, nation and whiteness are central to this study as they provide a means to analyze their narratives. Consequently, the manner in which racism and nationalism are interchangeable is unraveled.