Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America / Edition 1

Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America / Edition 1

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by Ji-Yeon Yuh, Eric Wakin, Kenneth Jackson
     
 

Since the beginning of the Korean War in 1950, nearly 100,000 Korean women have immigrated to the United States as the wives of American soldiers. Based on extensive oral interviews and archival research, Beyond the Shadow of Camptown tells the stories of these women, from their presumed association with U.S. military camptowns and prostitution to their struggles… See more details below

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Since the beginning of the Korean War in 1950, nearly 100,000 Korean women have immigrated to the United States as the wives of American soldiers. Based on extensive oral interviews and archival research, Beyond the Shadow of Camptown tells the stories of these women, from their presumed association with U.S. military camptowns and prostitution to their struggles within the intercultural families they create in the United States. Historian Ji-Yeon Yuh argues that military brides are a unique prism through which to view cultural and social contact between Korea and the United States. After placing these women within the context of Korean-U.S. relations, Japanese and U.S. colonialism, and the legacies of military prostitution, Yuh goes on to explore their lives, their coping strategies with their new families, and their relationships with their Korean families and homeland. Topics range from the personal -- the role of food in their lives; to the communal -- the efforts of military wives to form support groups that enable them to affirm a dual identity that both Americans and Koreans deny them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814796986
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Series:
Nation of Nations Series
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Explanatory notes
Chronology of selected events in modern Korean history
Introduction1
1Camptown, U.S.A.9
2American fever42
3Immigrant encounters : from resistance to survival84
4Cooking American, eating Korean126
5Prodigal daughters, filial daughters154
6Sisters do it for themselves : building community188
Biographies of women interviewed223
App. 1: A note on research231
App. 2Overview of scholarly treatment of Korean military brides233
Notes237
Bibliography265
Index279
About the author283

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