Under the Black Umbrella by Hildi Kang
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Under the Black Umbrella
By Hildi Kang

Under the Black Umbrella

Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945

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Under the Black Umbrella by Hildi Kang

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801472701
ISBN-10: 0801472709
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 5mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hildi Kang

AUTHOR BIO: Hildi Kang is an educator and writer living in Livermore, California. She is the author of several books.

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