Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2018

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Edward Bristow, Ph.D.


This undergraduate thesis assesses the impact of government policies and acculturation strategies on the current socioeconomic status of former colonized populations living in their respective post-imperialist states. Despite a shared colonial history, the current positioning of Zainichi Koreans in Japan and British Hindu Indians in the UK is vastly different. I argue that this can be linked to two factors—the government strategy in response to these populations and the existence of other minorities within the same state. Using a case study approach to analyze these contrasting experiences, this thesis contributes to a wider conversation on the continual legacies of imperialism seventy years following the decolonization of both the Korean peninsula and the Indian subcontinent.