Korean Theater of Almaty

Far from Distant Shores: Identity Limbo in the Korean Diaspora

Korean Theater of Almaty

Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 2014

Founded in Vladivostok in 1932, the Korean Theater was deported to Kazakhstan in 1937 along with the Korean population. Korean-language schools were banned. Although the Soviet government did not enforce the closure of the theater, it strictly controlled productions, allowing only 10 percent of the plays to refer to Korean culture. The rest were Russian and Soviet plays.