The Henequenero Legacy: The Development of the Korean Mexican Identity Público Deposited
From the haciendas of Mérida in the southeast to the border city of Tijuana, Korean migrants dispersed and rooted themselves throughout Mexico’s modern history. South Korea and Mexico have capitalized on this century-old emigrant population, despite Latin America being one of the regions least discussed in the scholarly literature on Asian emigration. This research explores the Korean diaspora in Mexico and how the transnational politics of their diasporic identity impact contemporary ROK-Mexican bilateral relations and Asia-Latin America politics more broadly. A qualitative investigation unveils narratives of the lives of these migrant workers and the formation of their diasporic identity from the turn of the twentieth century to contemporary Mexico. The paper included the methodological review of archival records authored by Koreans and Mexicans by drawing on critical theories of migration, transnationalism, and citizenship. Its intent is to assess the current Korea-Latin America climate by studying this diasporic development through an intersectional lens and understanding concepts of transnationalism.
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