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Reinventing CitizenshipBlack Los Angeles, Korean Kawasaki, and Community Participation$
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Kazuyo Tsuchiya

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681112

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681112.001.0001

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Voicing Alternative Visions of Citizenship

Voicing Alternative Visions of Citizenship

The “Kawasaki System” of Welfare

(p.139) 6 Voicing Alternative Visions of Citizenship
Reinventing Citizenship

Kazuyo Tsuchiya

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes how Koreans living in Kawasaki challenged the nation’s exclusionary local and national welfare policies, asserted their welfare rights, and voiced alternative visions of citizenship. Seikyusha, a social welfare organization that fought against ethnic discrimination and founded by zainichi activists, established an association that sought to change the city’s education policies (Kawasaki Association for Promoting Zainichi Koreans’ Education) and built a community center for both Korean and Japanese residents (Fureaikan). They succeeded in transforming Kawasaki into a bastion of equal rights, forging the “Kawasaki system” that abolishes the nationality clause used as a pretext for the exclusion of Koreans and other former colonial subjects from welfare programs.

Keywords:   Seikyusha, zainichi activists, Kawasaki Association for Promoting Zainichi Koreans’ Education, Fureaikan, Kawasaki system

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