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Empire by Association: The Re-Organization of the Rural Economy in Colonial Korea

Empire by Association: The Re-Organization of the Rural Economy in Colonial Korea

Date and Time

Jan. 11, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST

Location

Zoom

Cost

Free

Organizer

UCLA Center for Korean Studies

This talk explores changes in the rural economy during Japanese colonial rule in Korea. Though often presumed to be a “traditional” industry, numerous colonial policies sought the transformation of Korean agriculture to meet the demands of the broader Japanese empire. Yet, while the colonial period was undoubtedly a period of significant transformation, many questions remain over the extension of colonial policies and the ways in which new practices reshaped the mundane activities that formed day-to-day agricultural life. This presentation uses previously unexamined farmers’ diaries to reveal the experience of colonial rule in everyday life.

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