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Reconciling colonial memories in Korea and Japan

Hundt, David and Bleiker, Roland 2007, Reconciling colonial memories in Korea and Japan, Asian perspective, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 61-91.

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Title Reconciling colonial memories in Korea and Japan
Author(s) Hundt, David
Bleiker, Roland
Journal name Asian perspective
Volume number 31
Issue number 1
Start page 61
End page 91
Publisher Kyungnam University, Institute of Far Eastern Studies
Place of publication Seoul, Korea
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0258-9184
Keyword(s) South Korea-Japan relations
history of East Asia
Summary The Republic of Korea and Japan share a tumultuous history, but arguably no period has caused greater trauma in bilateral relations than the twentieth century. After Japan’s four-decade long colonial occupation of Korea, the two countries took two decades just to establish diplomatic relations. Subsequent interactions have remained seriously compromised by the memory of colonialism. This article reviews the tensions behind the tempestuous bilateral relationship, focusing on the depiction of Japan’s wartime past in school textbooks. We advance three suggestions for reconciliation: viewing reconciliation not as the restoration of a harmonious pre-conflict order, but as an ongoing, incomplete process; expanding promising bilateral dialogues; and accepting that there will always be differences between Korea and Japan, most notably with regard to representations of the past. Rather than being an inevitable source of conflict, these differences should contribute to an ongoing process of negotiation between the two neighbors.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007115

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