NIRMALA BAINS


FROM SEPTEMBER 2015

Teacher Nirmala Bains' book chapter is published

Nirmala Bains contributed a chapter to the book "Unravelling Encounters" which was published recently to critical acclaim.

You can read more info about her work further down on this page which was provided to us by Nirmala.

To read the full review on this book, click here.

Click on her photo at left for as larger version.

Congratulations, Nirmala!


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.


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