Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze: Professor Taylor Atkins to Give a Talk at UT

Wed, April 27, 2011
from the cover of Dr. Atkins' book
from the cover of Dr. Atkins' book

The Japanese colonial regime in Korea (1910 - 1945) is well-known for its assimilationist agenda and is condemned as one of the most brutal in the colonial world.  Some scholars have characterized its efforts to abolish all traces of an independent Korean cultural identity as tantamount to "cultural genocide."  In the recent book, Primitive Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-1945, Dr. Atkins argues there was another significant aspect to Japanese attitudes toward Korea: a sustained interest in "curating" virtually all aspects of Korean culture, as well as a profound sense of anti-modernist nostalgia.  Convinced that Japanese and Koreans shared a common racial ancestry, yet had not followed the same historical trajectories, Japanese observers of Koreana expressed a sense of loss and mourned for their own "primitive selves."

Dr. Taylor Atkins is Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, Northern Illinois University, Affiliated Global Faculty, Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education. He will be giving a seminar talk on Friday, May 5th, at 3:30 p.m. in the Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118.

Please see the events section for more details about the talk.


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