The Collapsing Spaces of a Wartime City
Chapter 5 shows how wartime mobilization led to the unprecedented compression and expansion of space. For one, the culture of an increasingly militarized Namsan began to penetrate Korean homes through the installation of household altars and the distribution of Ise talismans. This “Shintō-ization” also occurred on larger scales. For example, the 2,600th anniversary celebrations, in 1940, encouraged the colonized population to expand their vision as imperial subjects, subordinating local and familial affiliations. Although Koreans with close military ties began think of themselves in this way, the late-colonial state never managed to erase differences that had shaped previous projects of assimilation and that continued to determine the complex contours of imperial subjectification.
Keywords: Asia-Pacific War, wartime mobilization, Japan(ese) and Korea(ns) as one body, imperialization, Shintō-ization, 2600th anniversary celebrations (1940), Great Korea Exposition, sacred flame event
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