Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 / Edition 1

Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 / Edition 1

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by Hildi Kang
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801472709

ISBN-13: 9780801472701

Pub. Date: 09/01/2005

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In the rich and varied life stories in Under the Black Umbrella, elderly Koreans recall incidents that illustrate the complexities of Korea during the colonial period. Hildi Kang here reinvigorates a period of Korean history long shrouded in the silence of those who endured under the "black umbrella" of Japanese colonial rule. Existing descriptions of the

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In the rich and varied life stories in Under the Black Umbrella, elderly Koreans recall incidents that illustrate the complexities of Korea during the colonial period. Hildi Kang here reinvigorates a period of Korean history long shrouded in the silence of those who endured under the "black umbrella" of Japanese colonial rule. Existing descriptions of the colonial period tend to focus on extremes: imperial repression and national resistance, Japanese subjugation and Korean suffering, Korean backwardness and Japanese progress. "Most people," Kang says, "have read or heard only the horror stories which, although true, tell only a small segment of colonial life."

The varied accounts in Under the Black Umbrella reveal a truth that is both more ambiguous and more human—the small-scale, mundane realities of life in colonial Korea. Accessible and attractive narratives, linked by brief historical overviews, provide a large and fully textured view of Korea under Japanese rule. Looking past racial hatred and repression, Kang reveals small acts of resistance carried out by Koreans, as well as gestures of fairness by Japanese colonizers. Impressive for the history it recovers and preserves, Under the Black Umbrella is a candid, human account of a complicated time in a contested place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801472701
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,089,216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Collecting the Interviews
Acknowledgements
Conventions Used
Introduction

1. First Encounters

PART I: CHANGE BY CHOICE
2. Shouts of Independence
3. A Map Changed My Life—Hong Ŭlsu
4. Choosing an Education
5. Through the Eye of a Needle—Kang Pyŏngju
6. Business Ventures and Adventures
7. I Almost Went to Canada—Yi Okhyŏn

PART II: CHANGE BY COERCION
8. A Red Line Marks My Record—Yi Hajŏn
9. Passive Resistance
10. Thought Police Stay for Dinner—Yu Hyegyŏng
11. Becoming Japanese
12. Drafted to the Kobe Shipyards—Chŏng Chaesu
13. The War Effort
14. Mansei Korea Forever—Ten Thousand Years

APPENDIXES
A. The Interviews
B. Bringing the Stories Up to Date, 1945-1997
C. Historical Overview, 1850-1945

Notes
Bibliography
Index of Proper Names

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