Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of California Press
Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page
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List of Illustrations
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Note on Place Names
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If one accepts my argument that the public spaces of the Korean peninsula have been the object of considerable attention and a source of perennial contestation, then it should come as little surprise that the nomenclature of these spaces has witnessed a similarly turbulent history...
Preface and Acknowledgments
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In the process of writing this book, I have realized anew that some, if not all, history is autobiographical. This preface is thus a way for me both to acknowledge that truism and to thank the many individuals whom I have met along the arduous but rewarding path of producing a...
Introduction. Assimilation and Space: Toward an Ethnography of Japanese Rule
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In the fall of 1925, after nearly fi fteen years of planning and over fi ve years of construction, the Government-General, the colonial state that had ruled over Korea since its annexation by Japan in 1910, unveiled an imposing Shintō shrine atop Namsan (literally, South Mountain...
1. Constructing Keijō: The Uneven Spaces of a Colonial Capital
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This chapter traces the Government-General’s attempts to transform the symbolic and material landscape of Hanyang, royal city of the Chosŏn dynasty, into the colonial capital of Keijō (Kyŏngsŏng). Through an initial period of urban reforms and a later phase of city...
2. Spiritual Assimilation: Namsan’s Shintō Shrines and Their Festival Celebrations
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Like the development of Keijsō public infrastructure examined in chapter 1, specific city sites, interconnected parts of the larger urban fabric, played important roles in the contested process of colonial subject formation. This chapter focuses on the spiritual dimensions of that project...
3. Material Assimilation: Colonial Expositions on the Kyŏngbok Palace Grounds
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Alongside its efforts at assimilating Koreans spiritually, the Government- General also embarked on using public space to make spectacular displays of modernization that aimed to convince the colonized population that Japanese rule could enrich their lives. With these expositions, rather...
4. Civic Assimilation: Sanitary Life in Neighborhood Keijō
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As the previous chapter showed, the Government-General used expositions and other mass media to inculcate industriousness, which, organizers hoped, would serve as the basis for continuing to subordinate the peninsula’s economy to metropolitan interests. Although officials succeeded...
5. Imperial Subjectification: The Collapsing Spaces of a Wartime City
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With the onset of the Asia-Pacific War, the spaces of Keijō and their relationship to late colonial Korea and Japan’s expanding empire changed in dramatic and unprecedented ways. As scholars of urban planning have showed, the decision to incorporate suburban areas into...
Epilogue. After Empire’s Demise: The Postcolonial Remaking of Seoul’s Public Spaces
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In previous chapters, I have shown how the spectacular modifications of public space by the colonial state and their contestations by local residents played a crucial role in the development of society and culture in Keijō and, by extension, other areas of colonial Korea affected by the...
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Page Count: 316
Publication Year: 2014