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
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

About the Author:
Tessa Morris-Suzuki is professor in the Division of Pacific and Asian History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University

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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


Acknowledgments     ix
Departures
Morning Sun     3
Hostages to History     15
Geneva: City of Dreams     26
Borderlines
Across the East Sea     41
To the Field of Dancing Children     50
The Borders Within     59
Stratagems
The Shadow Ministry     73
The Tip of the Iceberg     84
The Pyongyang Conference     98
Special Mission to the Far East     112
The First "Return"     124
Resolution 20     140
Accord
Dream Homes on the Daedong     157
The Diplomats' Diaries     171
From Geneva to Calcutta     187
Silent Partners     198
A Guide for Mr. Returnee     208
Arrivals
Toward the Promised Land     219
Return to Nowhere     231
The Willow Trees of Niigata     246
Notes     253
Index     281
About the Author     291

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