Sohoon Yi is a sociologist and an ethnographer whose research interest is migrant subjectivity at the intersection of gender, immigration laws, precarious labor, and informal market. Her research broadly examines the construction of the informal sphere by the exclusionary laws and policies as well as the migrants’ relationship with the border in temporary migration programs.
At Rice, she will transform her Ph.D. dissertation into a book manuscript on the temporary kinship migration programs and cross-border family practices in South Korea. In this book, she focuses on the managed migration paradigm in South Korea’s marriage and co-ethnic migration programs. The book will consist of ethnography of the micro-politics that take place inside the boundaries of the family and the macro-level analysis of the restrictive immigration regulations on migrant families that foreground such micro-politics. Rather than placing the border on a geographical marker, this postdoctoral project examines the intricate operation of temporary restrictions under the rationale of enforcement, valorization and development, which shapes, challenges and en/disables cross-border family practices.
Prior to her affiliation with Rice University, she taught and researched at the University of Toronto and the University of Sydney. She undertook consultancy with the UN Women, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and other NGOs to write on topics of migrant domestic workers, intersectionality and discrimination and labor rights protections in South Korea. She also previously worked at the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) in areas of ASEAN human rights mechanisms, indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia, and documentation of human rights violation.
Sohoon has published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Critical Asian Studies, and the European Journal of East Asian Studies.
The Citizen in the 21st Century
James Arvanitakis & Ingrid Matthews (eds.)