Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War / Edition 1

Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War / Edition 1

by Tessa Morris-Suzuki
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742554422

ISBN-13: 9780742554429

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Ranging from Geneva to Pyongyang, this remarkable book takes readers on an odyssey through one of the most extraordinary forgotten tragedies of the Cold War: the "return" of over 90,000 people, most of them ethnic Koreans, from Japan to North Korea from 1959 onward. Presented to the world as a humanitarian venture and conducted under the supervision of the

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Ranging from Geneva to Pyongyang, this remarkable book takes readers on an odyssey through one of the most extraordinary forgotten tragedies of the Cold War: the "return" of over 90,000 people, most of them ethnic Koreans, from Japan to North Korea from 1959 onward. Presented to the world as a humanitarian venture and conducted under the supervision of the International Red Cross, the scheme was actually the result of political intrigues involving the governments of Japan, North Korea, the Soviet Union, and the United States. The great majority of the Koreans who journeyed to North Korea in fact originated from the southern part of the Korean peninsula, and many had lived all their lives in Japan. Though most left willingly, persuaded by propaganda that a bright new life awaited them in North Korea, the author draws on recently declassified documents to reveal the covert pressures used to hasten the departure of this unwelcome ethnic minority. For most, their new home proved a place of poverty and hardship; for thousands, it was a place of persecution and death. In rediscovering their extraordinary personal stories, this book also casts new light on the politics of the Cold War and on present-day tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742554429
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Asian Voices Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Departures
Chapter 1: Morning Sun
Chapter 2: Hostages to History
Chapter 3: Geneva: City of Dreams
Part II: Borderlines
Chapter 4: Across the East Sea
Chapter 5: To the Field of Dancing Children
Chapter 6: The Borders Within
Part III: Stratagems
Chapter 7: The Shadow Ministry
Chapter 8: The Tip of the Iceberg
Chapter 9: The Pyongyang Conference
Chapter 10: Special Mission to the Far East
Chapter 11: The First Return
Chapter 12: Resolution 20
Part IV: Accord
Chapter 13: Dream Homes on the Taedong
Chapter 14: The Diplomats' Diaries
Chapter 15: From Geneva to Calcutta
Chapter 16: Silent Partners
Chapter 17: A Guide for Mr. Returnee
Part V: Arrivals
Chapter 18: Toward the Promised Land
Chapter 19: Return to Nowhere
Chapter 20: The Willow Trees of Niigata

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