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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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Postcolonial Interracial Intimacy

Postcolonial Interracial Intimacy

(p.126) Epilogue Postcolonial Interracial Intimacy
Imperial Romance

Su Yun Kim

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses postcolonial intimacy by surveying post-1945 cultural productions on Korean–Japanese intermarriage. It offers a short sketch of the construction of the postcolonial memory of colonial intimacy in South Korean popular culture and analyzes the normalization of Korean patriarchal narratives about Korean–Japanese relationships. It also reviews the “Hyŏnhaet'an” narrative with the movie Hyŏnhaet'an Ŭn algoitta in 1961 and the post-1998 lifting of the ban on Japanese culture in South Korea, particularly the differences between the reception of the Japanese film Hotaru in Japan and Korea. The chapter looks at the 2010s, with the movies Tŏkhye ongju (The last princess), Agassi (The handmaiden), and Pak Yŏl (Anarchist from colony). It recounts the Korean War and the Cold War politics that dominated both North and South for the next few decades and impeded the decolonization process in the Korean Peninsula.

Keywords:   Korean–Japanese intermarriage, postcolonial memory, colonial intimacy, South Korean popular culture, Japanese culture, Korean–Japanese relationships

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