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Call for Papers
March 9, 2019 to April 19, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Ethnic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Korean History / Studies, Sociology

Special Edited Collection

Deadline for submission: April 19, 2019

There is a certain ambivalence about 1.5 generation immigrants’ migratory experiences that are unique and different from their parents as well as from 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants who are born in the host destination. The term 1.5 generation is mostly used in order to differentiate those who immigrated as children of their first generation parents, but who were still born overseas. Most importantly, it refers to the children of the first generation immigrants who have spent most of their adolescent years and some of their formative socialization in their host countries. The ‘in-betweenness’ is something that is unique to this generation’s experience, and we are constantly reminded of this throughout the various empirical studies around the world as scholars are attempting to fill in this ‘generational gap’ within the literature. Yet, it is contended that 1.5 generation’s strategies and experiences are inconsistent from the historical experiences of earlier migrants especially with the growing ICT and transnational connectivity, and across different cultures and histories of their host and home countries that are situated within particular citizenship policies, culture, and societal expectations. In this special edited collection, we invite contributors from scholars who are researching the particular experiences of 1.5 generation Korean immigrants of any particular host countries and with any particular topics in mind. We are interested in work considering the complexities of the term 1.5 generation, and how their ‘in-betweenness’ are shaping and being shaped by their particular migratory experiences, and how might they change across time and space.

Recommended Topics
We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines and fields including anthropology, geography, sociology, psychology, economics, migration studies, political science, and health related studies. Papers submitted to this special issue may consider topics in relation to the 1.5 generation Korean immigrants in any particular host country settings. Specific topics may include but are certainly not limited to:
● Complexities of defining the term ‘1.5 generation’
● Identity, Home, and belonging
● Health & Health-seeking behaviour
● Education
● Family and Gender
● Citizenship and Policy
● Skills and Innovation
● Role of Technology & Transnational Connections
● Desire, Strategies and Navigation
● Inclusion & Exclusion

Submission Procedure
Authors interested in contributing to the special issue should send (200-300 word long) abstracts to Jane Yeonjae Lee and Minjin Kim by April 19, 2019. Those submitting abstracts can expect to receive their notification of acceptance within 2 weeks. Once accepted, all submitted chapters must be original, of high quality and approximately 8,000 words in length at the publication stage. All submissions will be refereed through a peer review process. Author(s) of the accepted proposal are required to submit their full chapter no later than August 30 2019 to facilitate the review process. Submitted chapters should not have been previously published nor be currently under review for publication at other venues. All authors are encouraged to visit and follow the manuscript preparation guideline for Rowman & Littlefield 

This book is scheduled to be published by Lexington Books under special series on “Korean Communities across the World.” Further details of the book serious can be found here:
This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates
April 19, 2019 Paper Abstract deadline
April 30, 2019 Notification of Acceptance
August 30, 2019 Full Chapter Submission
September 30, 2019 Review Results Returned
October 30, 2019 Final Chapter Submission
November 30, 2019 Final Deadline

About the Guest Editors:
Jane Yeonjae Lee is a research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. Her research revolves around transnational skilled migrants, ethnic communities, mobilities, urban environmental politics, and smart urbanism for socially marginalized groups. Her work has been featured in academic journals such as Health and Place, New Zealand Geographer and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She has also contributed to key Geography texts including Elgar Handbook on Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility and Contemporary Ethnic Geographies in America, and is the author of Transnational return migration of 1.5 generation Korean New Zealanders: A quest for home (Lexington Books, 2018)

Minjin Kim is a research fellow in the Prevention and Control of Cancer in Implementation Science (PRACCTIS) Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a nurse scientist dedicated to research focus on clinical research, behavioral and implementation science and the development of culturally appropriate storytelling interventions to reduce cancer-related health disparities among under-researched and underserved populations. Her cultural background, cultural identity, migration experience, and family history has shaped her to be a transcultural nurse researcher who recognizes and understands the key intercultural, intergenerational issues that influence wellness among immigrants and children of immigrants in the U.S. Her recent research is focused on intergenerational cultural conflict among young Asian American adults.

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Guest Editors:

Jane Yeonjae Lee, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University


Minjin Kim, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School


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