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Imperial RomanceFictions of Colonial Intimacy in Korea, 1905-1945$
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Su Yun Kim

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501751882

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501751882.001.0001

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Visualizing “International” and Korean-Japanese Marriage in Print Media

Visualizing “International” and Korean-Japanese Marriage in Print Media

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Imperial Romance

Su Yun Kim

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses married life and the sensationalization of interracial marriages in print culture, and examines “international” marriages in newspapers and magazines, including Yŏsŏng (Women). It explains how the print media embraced “internationally” married couples as celebrities in the mid-1930s, specifically couples that consisted of Korean and non-Korean or non-Japanese partners. It also explores essays and interviews featured in the magazine Naisen ittai, looking at descriptions of the married life of Korean–Japanese couples. The chapter illustrates the ways the international marriage discourse strengthened the already widespread desire for Western-style homes and emphasizes the cosmopolitan impulses of this desire. It argues that the sensationalist stories and essays that contributed to the “sweet home” discourse accommodated and strengthened the Korean–Japanese intermarriage ideology by creating a new cosmopolitan model of “intimacy” for all forms of intermarriage.

Keywords:   interracial marriage, Yŏsŏng, Korean–Japanese marriage, Western-style, cosmopolitan impulses, intermarriage

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