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"Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze: 1910-1945"
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 8:30pm

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"Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze: 1910-1945"

A lecture and book talk by E. Taylor Atkins, Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies,
Department of History, Northern Illinois University

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 18th; 7:00-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: PSU campus, Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294;  (1825 SW Broadway, Portland)

Dr. Atkins presents a talk on his new book, Primitives Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze: 1910-1945, in which he focuses on past and present Japanese fascination with Korean culture as he reassesses colonial and cultural policy, especially how Korea was and is portrayed in Japanese mass media culture. Atkins argues that Japanese preoccupation with Koreana during the colonial period provided Japan with a poignant version of its own past, no 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 post-colonial Korea.

More information about the book, including an interview with Taylor Atkins >>



This program is part of Portland State's ongoing Quarterly Korea Program Series, coordinated by the Institute for Asian Studies and is made possible by the PSU Korean Studies Program Endowment  established by the late Portland-area, Korean-American businessman, Mr. Jay Lee,  with continued support from individuals, families, and corporations in our local community.  

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