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The Microhistory of Anti-Japanese Speech Acts

The Microhistory of Anti-Japanese Speech Acts ANDRE SCHMID University of Toronto Jung Byung Wook, Puron ylchn: Mich' in saenggaggi paetsok es naonda [The biographies of rebellious people in colonial Korea]. Seoul: Yksa pip'yngsa, 2013. ISBN: 9788976965431. The wartime colonial period has, in recent years, become the subject of ever broader and deeper research efforts. In this fascinating volume, Jung Byung Wook adds to our understanding with a series of short microhistories that seeks to recreate a sense of the political dangers that characterized these tumultuous years. He accomplishes this by choosing four momentseach given a chapter-that eventually led to criminal cases, tried in the Seoul regional court. Jung, who once worked for the National History Compilation Committee editing and collating criminal court proceedings, uses his familiarity with these records to give readers glimpses into the social, economic, and intellectual lives of a select number of people who have otherwise been lost to historical memory. Three of Jung's case studies focus on individuals, each of whom committed an anti-Japanese speech act that ran afoul of various laws designed to enforce obedience. Kim Yngbae--the subject of the second case study-- wondered aloud to a friend, when walking down the street in the summer of 1938, what http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

The Microhistory of Anti-Japanese Speech Acts

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ANDRE SCHMID University of Toronto Jung Byung Wook, Puron ylchn: Mich' in saenggaggi paetsok es naonda [The biographies of rebellious people in colonial Korea]. Seoul: Yksa pip'yngsa, 2013. ISBN: 9788976965431. The wartime colonial period has, in recent years, become the subject of ever broader and deeper research efforts. In this fascinating volume, Jung Byung Wook adds to our understanding with a series of short microhistories that seeks to recreate a sense of the political dangers that characterized these tumultuous years. He accomplishes this by choosing four momentseach given a chapter-that eventually led to criminal cases, tried in the Seoul regional court. Jung, who once worked for the National History Compilation Committee editing and collating criminal court proceedings, uses his familiarity with these records to give readers glimpses into the social, economic, and intellectual lives of a select number of people who have otherwise been lost to historical memory. Three of Jung's case studies focus on individuals, each of whom committed an anti-Japanese speech act that ran afoul of various laws designed to enforce obedience. Kim Yngbae--the subject of the second case study-- wondered aloud to a friend, when walking down the street in the summer of 1938, what

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Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 3, 2014

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