9780801472701

Under the Black Umbrella

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801472701

  • ISBN10:

    0801472709

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/20/2005
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

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Summary

In the rich and varied life stories in Under the Black Umbrella, elderly Koreans recall incidents that illustrate the complexities of Korea during the colonial period. Hildi Kang here reinvigorates a period of Korean history long shrouded in the silence of those who endured under the "black umbrella" of Japanese colonial rule. Existing descriptions of the colonial period tend to focus on extremes: imperial repression and national resistance, Japanese subjugation and Korean suffering, Korean backwardness and Japanese progress. "Most people," Kang says, "have read or heard only the horror stories which, although true, tell only a small segment of colonial life." The varied accounts in Under the Black Umbrella reveal a truth that is both more ambiguous and more human-the small-scale, mundane realities of life in colonial Korea. Accessible and attractive narratives, linked by brief historical overviews, provide a large and fully textured view of Korea under Japanese rule. Looking past racial hatred and repression, Kang reveals small acts of resistance carried out by Koreans, as well as gestures of fairness by Japanese colonizers. Impressive for the history it recovers and preserves, Under the Black Umbrella is a candid, human account of a complicated time in a contested place.

Table of Contents

Preface: Collecting the Interviews xi
Acknowledgments xvii
Conventions Used xix
Introduction 1(5)
First Encounters
6(11)
PART I: CHANGE BY CHOICE
Shouts of Independence
17(7)
A Map Changed My Life
24(13)
Hong Ulsu
Choosing an Education
37(12)
Through the Eye of a Needle
49(12)
Kang Pyongju
Business Ventures and Adventures
61(14)
I Almost Went to Canada
75(12)
Yi Okhyon
PART II: CHANGE BY COERCION
A Red Line Marks My Record
87(12)
Yi Hajon
Passive Resistance
99(8)
Thought Police Stay for Dinner
107(4)
Yu Hyegyong
Becoming Japanese
111(12)
Drafted to the Kobe Shipyards
123(7)
Chong Chaesu
The War Effort
130(9)
Mansei Korea Forever--Ten Thousand Years
139(18)
APPENDIXES
A. The Interviews
149(1)
B. Bringing the Stories Up to Date, 1945--1997
150(3)
C. Historical Overview, 1850--1945
153(4)
Notes 157(4)
Bibliography 161(2)
Index of Proper Names 163

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