Pages 135-145 – Inok Paek – ‘Music of the Fatherland- The North Korean Soundscape in the Construction of Chongryun Identity in Japan’

The kayagŭm zither tradition spread with Korean migration to Japan in recent times, particularly since the early 20th century.1 Since the political division of the Korean peninsula in 1948 and the succeeding Korean War (1950–3), both performance style and repertory have developed independently in South and North Korea, reflecting the somewhat different political and cultural…

Pages 119-134 – Kim Hyun-key Hogarth – ‘Eschatology and Folk Religions in Korean Society’

Eschatology is best represented in practices of various folk ‘religions’ as well as mortuary rituals in Korean society. This paper analyses three of the most important Korean folk ‘religions’, namely shamanism, ancestor worship and geomancy, in relation to the Koreans’ tripartite view of the human soul. Download article | 194.75 KB 184 downloads … Members…

Pages 107-118 – Joanna Elving-hwang – ‘The Improper Desire for Knowledge- De-gendering Curiosity in Contemporary Korean Women’s Literature’

Female curiosity is here discussed in the context of traditional and modern Korean folktales and proverbs, and the ways in which these conceptualise the issue. These traditional ways of perceiving female curiosity are then juxtaposed with the way it is re-imaged in a contemporary feminist fairy tale. The aim of such comparison is to show…

Pages 59-79 – Okkyoung Kim – ‘Methodological Issues in the Use of Internet Material- From a Study on Women’s Internet Communication and Gobugaldeung in Korea’

The past ten years have seen a myriad of internet technologies and types of communication emerge. The fast growth of internet culture among younger people and its association with newer life patterns are reflected in a greater divergence in internet research and wider areas for social research. However, this has also created a challenge for…

Pages 43-57 – Thomas Cieslik – ‘High Tech Made by North Korea- Communication Technology in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Its Impact on Society’

At Christmas 2003, the Tagesspiegel, a Berlin newspaper, reported that KCC Europe (www.kcc-europe.de), a company set up by a former bank manager, Jan Holtermann, would construct internet access for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). KCC stands for Korean Computer Centre. The director of the Korean company is the son of Kim Jong Il.…

Pages 23-42 – Rudiger Frank – ‘The Past and the Future of Industrial Policy in Telecommunications- A Comparative Analysis of South Korea and Japan’

Both Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have a long and successful history of industrial policy based on a catch-up strategy in economic development. This article will explore how this pattern has influenced reforms in telecommunications since the 1980s, how it is reflected in current visions for the future of the information and communications…

Pages 1-21 – James Dator and Yongseok Seo – ‘Korea as the Wave of a Future- The Emerging Dream Society of Icons and Aesthetic Experience’

Asians are surfing Hanryu—the ‘Korean Wave’ Asia is awash in a wave of popular culture products gushing out of the Republic of Korea (ROK). Youth in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, as well as Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, are agog at the sights and sounds of performers and groups such…