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Author Atkins, E. Taylor (Everett Taylor), 1967-

Title Primitive selves : Koreana in the Japanese colonial gaze, 1910-1945 / E. Taylor Atkins
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 262 pages) : illustrations
Series Colonialisms ; 5
Colonialisms ; 5
Contents A long engagement -- Ethnography as self-reflection : Japanese anthropology in colonial Korea -- Curating Koreana : the management of culture in colonial Korea -- The first K-wave : Koreaphilia in imperial Japanese popular culture -- Epilogue: Postcolonial valorizations
Summary "This remarkable book examines the complex history of Japanese colonial and postcolonial interactions with Korea, particularly in matters of cultural policy. E. Taylor Atkins focuses on past and present Japanese fascination with Korean culture as he reassesses colonial anthropology, heritage curation, cultural policy, and Korean performance art in Japanese mass media culture. Atkins challenges the prevailing view that imperial Japan demonstrated contempt for Koreans through suppression of Korean culture. In his analysis, the Japanese preoccupation with Koreana provided the empire with a poignant vision of its own past, now lost--including communal living and social solidarity--which then allowed Japanese to grieve for their former selves. At the same time, the specific objects of Japan's gaze--folk theater, dances, shamanism, music, and material heritage--became emblems of national identity in postcolonial Korea"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-256) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Imperialism -- Social aspects -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Postcolonialism -- Korea.
Public opinion -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Japan -- Cultural policy.
Japan -- Relations -- Korea.
Korea -- Colonial influence.
Korea -- Foreign public opinion, Japanese
Korea -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1910-1945.
Korea -- Relations -- Japan.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520947681 (electronic bk.)
9780520947689 (electronic bk.)