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The 1940 Tokyo Olympic Games and Colonial Korea
Seok Lee, PhD Candidate University of Pennsylvania This paper examines how colonial Korea reacted to the 1940 Olympic Games, which were awarded to Tokyo by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1936, and subsequently given up by the Japane (More)
“Is it PyeongChang or Pyongyang (or maybe Nagano)?”: Post-Cold War Orientalism in narratives of North Korea-South Korea and Japan-South Korea Olympic co- hosting
Meredith Collier-Murayama, Doctoral Student International Education Policy, University of Maryland—College Park From Seoul’s selection as host of the 1988 Olympic Games to PyeongChang’s selection for the 2018 Games, narratives of “co-hosting” hav (More)
Nationalism and the Samguk sagi’s Problematic Representation of Early Korean History—another largely unacknowledged elephant in the rooms of power
Jonathan Best, Professor Emeritus Wesleyan University It is becoming increasingly apparent to historians and archaeologists alike that the twelfth-century Samguk sagi’s datings for many of its early entries, especially in the Paekche Annals and t (More)
The Case of the Art and Archaeology of Koguryo and Palhae as the World Cultural Heritage
Ah-Rim Park, Professor Sookmyung Women's University Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania Koguryo and Palhae history would be an interesting case study for understanding how ancient Korea interacted with neighboring empires such as Chin (More)
Sinographic Nationalism: Cho So-ang’s Sino-Korean Writing in Republican China
Songyeol Han, Ph. D. Candidate Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University This paper looks at how the nation was contested and negotiated in Sino-Korean writings on Korean history. I focus on Cho So-ang’s (1887–1958) writings in Chine (More)
The Colonial Trap: Nationalist Bias and the Allure of Pseudohistory
Mark E. Byington, Project Director Early Korea Project, Harvard University Interpretations of the ancient past in Korea today are frequently informed by the colonial experience of the twentieth century, and it is fair to say that this is more the (More)
The Manchukuo Paradox: Kong Chinhang and the Discourse of Ethnic Harmony
Rolf Siverson, PhD Candidate University of Pennsylvania Beginning in the late 1930s, Japanese officials in Manchukuo carried out a coordinated policy of expropriating Chinese and Korean farmland for Japanese settlement in the name of “ethnic harm (More)
Biocultural imperialism among Korea’s diasporic social bodies
Amelia Schubert, PhD Candidate University of Colorado at Boulder In the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s world of empires, Korea was the shrimp between whales.  But since the 1960s, South Korea has emerged into the new world of nation-sta (More)
Civilized and Barbarous Are as One: The Guan Yu Cult and Textual Spaces in Nineteenth-Century Chosŏn-Qing Discourses of Tribute and State Legitimacy
Joshua Van Lieu, Assistant Professor LaGrange College In the nearly three-hundred years from the time Ming armies imposed it upon the Chosŏn court in the 1590s to the Qing occupation of Seoul in 1880s, the Guan Yu faith in Korea slowly changed fr (More)
Between Imperial and Tributary Sovereignty: Qing-Choson Interstate Legal Cases, 1630s-1790s
Jaymin Kim, PhD Candidate University of Michigan The legal status of Qing tributary states has been questioned often since the late nineteenth century, when the Qing faced other imperial powers such as France, Japan, and Russia who were trying to (More)
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