Modern Womanhood, the Ideology of the Housewife, and Young Female Rural–Urban Migrants in the 1960s and 1970s in South Korea (Page 171-194)

Abstract This paper attempts to clarify how young female rural–urban migrant workers were positioned within the ideology of the housewife as a form of modern womanhood, which was regulated by the developmental state as part of the modern nation-state building in the 1960s and 1970s in South Korea, by analyzing media discourses on the mobility,…

Border-Crossing and the Shaping of an Imagined Citizenship: The Case of Korean Picture Brides (Page 149-170)

Abstract This article engages with the way in which Korean picture brides imagined themselves emotionally in connection with their affective route toward survival and a spirit of liberation in early twentieth-century Hawaii. Exploring the implication of border-crossing as a framework for understanding the dynamics of the brides’ lives, from their decisions to become picture brides…

Sources of Conflict: A Comparative Synthesis of American and Korean Parricides (Page 195-224)

Abstract Despite the nominative classification of parricides based on the victim–offender relationship, parricide bears the offense characteristics of many crimes. In prior works, the killing of parents has been framed as a violent reaction of severely abused children against their tormentors, or as the identity demarcating actions of adult sons suffering from mental illness. Aside…

The Changing Patterns of North Korea’s International Film Co-Productions Since the 1980s: A Global Value Chain Approach (Page 83-108)

Abstract Although North Korea is one of the most closed countries in the world, it has long been pursuing international cooperation with other countries in order to upgrade the quality of its film industry to international standards. Preceding studies on this topic have mainly focused on the political influences behind filmmaking in general and very…

From Production to Consumption: The Socialist Realism/Personality Cult Divide in North Korean Popular Music (Page 7-35)

Abstract While several historical works have explored the notion of ‘communist consumption’ especially in regards to Eastern European countries, few have looked at the relationship between consumption and the personality cult in a place like North Korea where the state has tended to respond to material shortages with ideological campaigns. This paper uses the lens…