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