Collaborators and national memory: The creation of the encyclopedia of pro-Japanese collaborators in Korea

Jeong Chul Kim*, Gary A Fine

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Abstract

The transition of historical actors from forgotten figures to subjects of reproach for their deeds is central to understanding the power of memory movements. In this article, we examine the public recollection of national "traitors" in Korea, focusing on the recent attempt of a South Korean research institute to create a biographical encyclopedia of pro-Japanese collaborators during the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945; the purpose of this enterprise is to establish a "patriotic" history of this period in Korean collective memory. Why and how did such a revisiting of history take place in the first decade of the twenty-first century? To answer this question, we examine not only the historical context that affects national memory but also the efforts of various groups to revive or suppress memory in light of nationalistic ideologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-145
Number of pages16
JournalMemory Studies
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 28 2013

Keywords

  • Collaborators
  • collective memory
  • historicity
  • memory entrepreneurs
  • nationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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