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By Todd A. Henry

Assimilating Seoul, the 1st book-length learn written in English approximately Seoul in the course of the colonial interval, demanding situations traditional nationalist paradigms by way of revealing the intersection of Korean and jap heritage during this vital capital. via microhistories of Shinto fairs, commercial expositions, and sanitation campaigns, Todd A. Henry bargains a transnational account that treats the city’s public areas as "contact zones," exhibiting how citizens negotiated pressures to develop into dependable, industrious, and hygienic topics 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 if the colonial country set formidable ambitions for the combination of Koreans, eastern settler elites and lower-class expatriates formed the rate and path of assimilation via bending executive projects to their very own pursuits and identities. in the meantime, Korean women and men of alternative 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 trap of empowerment to cover the truth of alienation.

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