"Rumors, Hatred, and the Politics of Multiculturalism: Unpacking Rumors About Jasmine Lee." Communication, Culture & Critique, 2017.

Jinsook Kim

This study critically unpacks rumors about Jasmine Lee, the first naturalized Korean lawmaker. Since she is a symbolic figure of Korean multiculturalism, I argue that the consistent production and circulation of rumors about Jasmine Lee have crystallized from the tension between state-led multiculturalism and nativist anxieties about changing nationhood. An examination of the ways in which these rumors are discussed in a popular women’s online community serves to explore how they articulate nativist anxieties and hateful affect in relation to gendered and ethnic purity in the context of Korea’s multiculturalist transition.