Monument Commemorating the Deportation of Koreans in 1937

Far from Distant Shores: Identity Limbo in the Korean Diaspora

Monument Commemorating the Deportation of Koreans in 1937

Ushtobe, Kazakhstan, December 2014

The bigger piece of the broken pyramid represents the Korean peninsula and the smaller piece represents the deported Koreans of Central Asia. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, ethnic minority groups were given the option of returning to their homelands. However, it was not possible for Koreans in the former Soviet Union to return; they were denied entry into South Korea because they had left the region before its establishment as a nation.