Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 by Hildi KangUnder the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 by Hildi Kang

Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945

byHildi Kang

Paperback | October 20, 2005

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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.

Title:Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.2 inPublished:October 20, 2005Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801472709

ISBN - 13:9780801472701

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Table of Contents

Preface: Collecting the Interviews
Conventions Used

1. First Encounters

2. Shouts of Independence
3. A Map Changed My Life—Hong Ŭlsu
4. Choosing an Education
5. Through the Eye of a Needle—Kang Pyŏngju
6. Business Ventures and Adventures
7. I Almost Went to Canada—Yi Okhyŏn

8. A Red Line Marks My Record—Yi Hajŏn
9. Passive Resistance
10. Thought Police Stay for Dinner—Yu Hyegyŏng
11. Becoming Japanese
12. Drafted to the Kobe Shipyards—Chŏng Chaesu
13. The War Effort
14. Mansei Korea Forever—Ten Thousand Years

A. The Interviews
B. Bringing the Stories Up to Date, 1945-1997
C. Historical Overview, 1850-1945

Index of Proper Names

Editorial Reviews

"Under the Black Umbrella is a pioneering collection of oral histories of Koreans who lived through the turbulent years of Japanese rule. It has many rich, vivid, and moving stories that reveal diversity and complexity of colonial life. No doubt this book will be a valuable addition to the growing body of works on colonial Korea in the West."—Gi-Wook Shin, University of California, Los Angeles