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By Todd A. Henry

Assimilating Seoul, the 1st book-length examine written in English approximately Seoul throughout the colonial interval, demanding situations traditional nationalist paradigms via revealing the intersection of Korean and eastern heritage during this very important capital. via microhistories of Shinto gala's, business expositions, and sanitation campaigns, Todd A. Henry deals a transnational account that treats the city’s public areas as "contact zones," exhibiting how citizens negotiated pressures to turn into unswerving, industrious, and hygienic matters of the japanese empire. not like prior, top-down analyses, this ethnographic historical past investigates modalities of jap rule as skilled from less than. even supposing the colonial country set bold pursuits for the mixing of Koreans, eastern settler elites and lower-class expatriates formed the rate and course of assimilation through bending executive tasks to their very own pursuits and identities. in the meantime, Korean women and men of other periods and generations rearticulated the phrases and measure in their incorporation right into a multiethnic polity. Assimilating Seoul captures those interesting responses to an empire that used the entice of empowerment to cover the truth of alienation.

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