Dys-appearing Tongues and Bodily Memories: The Aging of First-Generation Resident Koreans in Japan
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 198–223, June 2000
How to Cite
Lee, S. S.-J. (2000), Dys-appearing Tongues and Bodily Memories: The Aging of First-Generation Resident Koreans in Japan. Ethos, 28: 198–223. doi: 10.1525/eth.2000.28.2.198
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
According to Bourdieu's thesis on habitus, codes of behavior are "memorized" and incorporated by the body, becoming the repertoire of culturally appropriated bodily behaviors.Building on this model, immigrant subjectivity with respect to aging is examined through the concept of bodily memory. I focus here on the negotiation of colonial history, diasporic consciousness, and cultural practice by first-generation resident Koreans of Japan. This paper examines how the bartering of symbolic meanings in the consumption of Korean food reflects postcolonial negotiations of ideologies of difference and how the body acts as a critical site of struggle in the performance of identity.