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Over the long duration of the project that yielded this book, I have been most beholden to those who spoke with me about their lives and shared their stories. At various junctures over several years, I would return to the challenge of attempting to do justice to their narratives and to the convergence of historical events that became this book’s central focus, amid complexities that arose in...
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I came to this research out of an interest in the contemporary ramifications of Korean division, particularly its impact on the everyday lives of ordinary people. I was formally trained as a cultural anthropologist, and my current research and teaching take an interdisciplinary approach toward contemporary history. I carried out the initial fieldwork in South Korea for a total of eighteen months...
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Borders take on many forms to assert their power. Some appear as delineations on official and unofficial maps. Others take material form by way of barricades, electrified fences, and coiled double helices of concertina razor wire. Sensitive border regions may be further reinforced by armed patrols and surveillance from...
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Geopolitical liminality is central to understanding both the wider context of wartime family separation, as well as why the North–South separated-family reunions—with their acute overtones of social suffering and ethnic nationalism—would become emblematic of Korea’s historical condition. However, rather than take for granted Korea’s presumed state of physical...
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Regarding the number of people killed in the Korean War, estimates are notoriously divergent and uncertain. In The Deaths of Others—a compelling comparative study of civilian deaths in the Second World War, the...
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In South Korea, the Korean War is known as yugio...
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On August 15, 2000, in the affluent Kangnam (Gangnam) district of Seoul, a large banner festooned over the entrance to the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) proclaimed, “We Are One Bloodline, One Brethren, One Spirit” (Uri nǔn Hanp’itchul, Han’gyŏre, Hanmaǔm). Buses...
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In the course of doing field research, the practice of asking “awkward questions”1. Nayanika Mookherjee, “Friendships and Encounters with Left-Liberal Politics in Bangladesh,” in Taking Sides: Ethics, Politics, and Fieldwork in Anthropology, ed. Heidi Armbruster and Anna Lærke (New...
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Chang Halmŏni described the initial shock of first discovering her brother was still alive, comparing it to a lightning strike. “Ttok!” She lifted her hand and let her knuckles fall square against her chest, repeating the onomatopoeia, “Ttok!” Without hope of their brother’s survival during the war, Chang Halmŏni said she and her...
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In the opening scenes of the 2004 South Korean blockbuster film Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (T’aegŭkki hwinallimyŏ), directed by Kang Je-gyu, an elderly man receives a phone call from someone who soon apologizes for what he takes to be a case of mistaken identity. The caller is a member of a South Korean army excavation team seeking next of kin after...
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Regarding historically controversial events, the passage of fifty years is a momentous occasion for commemoration, when witnesses have the chance to leave a collective imprint on the legacy of public remembrance before large numbers of their generation begin to pass away. Although the contemporary...
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Nan Kim is associate professor in the Department of History at the
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she has pursued research at the intersection of memory studies, contemporary history, and the anthropology of politics. A native of New York City, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English language and...
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