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War Orphans, Capitalist Family, and Postwar North Korea's State Form as Exchange
Cheehyung Kim, Assistant Professor University of Missouri While a war raged on the peninsula, the North Korea began, in November 1951, sending its children and young adults abroad, a portion of them orphans. The first group of went to Hungary, an (More)
Two Empires, Two Imperialisms: Land Surveys and Taxation Mechanisms in the Korean Empire (1897-1910) and the Colonial Period (1910-1945)
Sora Kim, PhD Candidate Seoul National University In 1897, the last king of the Chosŏn dynasty inaugurated a new era. The country was renamed the Korean Empire (Taehan cheguk), and King Kojong assumed the title of emperor. At the same time, sever (More)
A State of Ranches and Forests: The Environmental Legacy of the Mongol Empire on the Korean Peninsula
John Lee, PhD Candidate Harvard University The era of Mongol Yuan domination in the Korean peninsula, stretching from 1271 to 1368, lasted less than a century. The relatively short span, however, would witness the integration of the Korean penins (More)
Our Chosŏn: China’s Policy toward Korea between Zongfanism and Colonialism, 1882–1895
Yuanchong Wang, Assistant Professor University of Delaware The article examines Qing China’s policy toward Chosŏn Korea between 1882 and 1895, when both countries struggled to define their time-honored and hierarchical Zongfan (a.k.a. tributary) (More)
Developing Gangnam – Water, State, and Society in Modern Korea
Sang-ho Ro, Assistant Professor Ewha Womans University In this paper, I will examine how modern state and society in Korea closely cooperated with empires in order to dominate Mother Nature. Especially, my interest is the historical formation of (More)
Sexual Economy of the Global Black Market: MPC and the R&R Economy during the Korean War (1950-53)
Jeongmin Kim, Ph.D. Candidate New York University This paper examines South Korea’s wartime black market that was formed, and worked, in connection with Japan during the Korean War. In particular, I trace two movements that took place across Japa (More)
A Force for Development: The Scalar Politics of Militarized Urbanism in Pyeongtaek
Bridget Martin, PhD Candidate University of California, Berkeley A US military installation currently undergoing expansion in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, will in the next two to three years become the largest overseas US military base in the worl (More)
C.A.R.E.: Building an Empire through Humanitarian Food Aid, 1957-1966
Dajeong Chung, Visiting Assistant Professor The College of William and Mary This paper begins by arguing that US humanitarian food assistance to South Korea was born out of the failure of earlier US Cold War policy. Previously, the United States (More)
Refusing the Empire of Bases: Gangjeong Village’s Culture of Peace and Life Movement
Nan Kim, Associate Professor University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee On South Korea’s Jeju Island, the recent completion of a contested naval base’s construction has marked a time of transition for the anti-base movement there, whose members have come (More)
Made in (South) Korea: How Preserving Tradition Led to K-Lit
Jenny Wang Medina, Ph.D. Columbia University The construction of “global” Korean literature and culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries sought to transcend the geographic boundaries of South Korea while simultaneously attempting to refo (More)
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