Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

Hildi Kang is a Research Fellow at the Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of several books.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780801438547
ISBN-10: 0801438543
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: March 20th, 2001
Pages: 192
Language: English