Woman, Non-Native, Other

  • Vivian Choi St. Olaf College


This article addresses my fieldwork experiences as a Korean-American woman in Sri Lanka. In particular, it highlights the challenges I encountered around my identity, ranging from almost universal initial disbelief of my being “American” to questioning why I was studying in Sri Lanka and not South Korea. I go on to discuss how these challenges illustrate the persistence of the native/insider and non-native/outsider binary, and how, through this binary, the default racial category of the anthropologist still remains unnuanced and white.


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How to Cite
CHOI, Vivian. Woman, Non-Native, Other. Commoning Ethnography, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 123-128, dec. 2020. ISSN 2537-9879. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/ce/article/view/6652>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/ce.v3i1.6652.
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