Pro Photo Daily - Around the Net | In Focus: An Identity In Limbo for Post-Soviet Koreans

By: David Schonauer
Publish Date: Dec. 5, 2017, 8:35 a.m.

In the 1860s, Czarist Russia welcomed waves of destitute farmers from the northern Korean peninsula, who settled in virtually uninhabited areas of the Far East. The Koreans flourished for decades, until Joseph Stalin had them deported to collective farms in Soviet Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Michael Vince Kim, whose parents are from South Korea, has been photographing the descendants of the Koreans in Central Asia since 2014. “My purpose is absolutely not to look at the past in a romantic way,” he tells National Geographic.