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Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

'Difficult Heritage' in Nation Building

South Korea and Post-Conflict Japanese Colonial Occupation Architecture

Authors: Lee, Hyun Kyung

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  • One of the first extended studies of Japanese colonial architecture in South Korea, uniquely framed within the context of cultural heritage and nation building
  • Offers a clear case study that articulates the complex concept of ‘difficult heritage’, arguing that it should be distinguished from ‘negative/dark’ heritage due to the diverse and complicated heritagization
  • Demonstrates that an expansion of the framework for understanding what makes historic sites 'difficult heritage' is required in heritage theory
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This book explores South Korean responses to the architecture of the Japanese colonial occupation of Korea and the ways that architecture illustrates the relationship between difficult heritage and the formation of national identity. Detailing the specific case of Seoul, Hyun Kyung Lee investigates how buildings are selectively destroyed, preserved, or reconstructed in order to either establish or challenge the cultural identity of places as new political orders are developed. In addition, she illuminates the Korean traditional concept of feng shui as a core indigenous framework for understanding the relationship between space and power, as it is associated with nation-building processes and heritagization.

By providing a detailed study of a case little known outside of East Asia, ‘Difficult Heritage’ in Nation Building will expand the framework of Western-centered heritage research by introducing novel Asian perspectives.

About the authors

Hyun Kyung Lee is a post-doctoral research fellow working on the Academy of Korean Studies-funded research project “Beyond the Cold War, towards a community of Asia” at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, University of Cambridge, UK and Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, South Korea. In collaboration with her Taiwanese colleague Shu-Mei Huang, she is preparing a monograph on the remembering of punishment in post-colonial Asian cities.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Problematic Past and Difficult Heritage: The Japanese Colonial Occupation of Korea and Its Architectural Legacies

    Pages 1-43

    Lee, Hyun Kyung

  • Mapping the Memories of the Japanese Colonial Occupation of Korea (JCO)

    Pages 45-104

    Lee, Hyun Kyung

  • Seodaemun Prison: From Symbol of Fear and Violence to Symbol of Freedom and Victory

    Pages 105-158

    Lee, Hyun Kyung

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Japanese Government-General Building (JGGB): Power Struggles and the Contested Places of Korean National Identity

    Pages 159-209

    Lee, Hyun Kyung

  • Dongdaemun Stadium: Between Korean Tradition, Colonial Memory, and Dreams for the Future

    Pages 211-252

    Lee, Hyun Kyung

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eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66338-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66337-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
'Difficult Heritage' in Nation Building
Book Subtitle
South Korea and Post-Conflict Japanese Colonial Occupation Architecture
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66338-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66338-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66337-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 313
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
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