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Primitive SelvesKoreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-1945$
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E.Taylor Atkins

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266735

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266735.001.0001

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A Long Engagement

A Long Engagement

(p.13) Chapter 1 A Long Engagement
Primitive Selves

E. Taylor Atkins

University of California Press

This chapter provides a narrative overview of the intense historical engagement between Japan and Korea, culminating in the imposition of colonial rule. It reviews the most significant moments of Korea's colonial history and the administrative and discursive adjustments Japan's Government-General of Chōsen made over the course of its forty-year rule. Because subsequent chapters are organized thematically rather than chronologically, this recounting provides a necessary sense of time and place in which to contextualize the analysis that follows. Finally, the historical narrative is revisited with insights gleaned from the research in later chapters, with a particular aim to reconsider the conventional depiction of Japanese indifference and contempt for Korean culture.

Keywords:   historical engagement, Japan, Korea, colonial rule, colonial history, Government-General of Chōsen, Korean culture

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