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Laurel Kendall (2011), Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity, University of Hawaii Press, Chapter 1.1 – “Colonial Seoul and the Korean Culture of Consumption”

consuming korean tradition in early and late modernity commodification tourism and performance
consuming korean tradition in early and late modernity commodification tourism and performance

In this book, Kendall analysed the culture of consumption in Seoul and other major Korean cities at the time during Japanese occupation. It talked about the urban life in the colonial context . It brought the focus on the transformed Korean urban landscape  via the Japanese intervention. The experience of urban living  was significantly altered by the new urban infrastructure as examined. With the different perceptions from the Japanese and Korean residents towards the colonial setting, different social images and experience emerge and exist in this new form of modern city. This created a unique image of Japanese colonization which existed in Seoul. This gave rise to the later arrangement and development of public space in Seoul as a modern city.

“The colonized and the colonizer led separated lives, rarely interacting with each other. However, the growing public space of the modern city increasingly provided a setting for and encounter, if not interaction.”

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