European Journal of Korean Studies – Vol 18.1

Editor’s Note Saying goodbye is always a challenge. With this issue of the European Journal of Korean Studies, we say goodbye to the longstanding and much-loved cover design of the Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies. We have Professor Keith Howard to thank for the previous graphic iteration of the journal, whose generation…

Goeun Lee -The Invisibility of Korean Translators in Missionary Translation: The Case of the Peep of Day (1833) – Pages 35-62

Abstract This study attempts to shed light on how missionaries marginalized the role played by local Koreans engaged in the translation of an evangelical tract, The Peep of Day (1833), into Korean by comparing the English source text with its Chinese and Korean translations. The subjects of comparison for this exercise were the translators’ choice…

Adam Cathcart and Robert Winstanley-Chesters – German Studies of Koreans in Manchuria: Gustav Fochler-Hauke and the Influence of Karl Haushofer’s National Socialist Geopolitics – Pages 131-142

Abstract This article analyses scholarship and memoir writing by German geographer Gustav Fochler-Hauke with respect to Korean settlement in Manchuria, and along the Tumen and Yalu/Amnok rivers in the 1930s and early 40s. The research note demonstrates that while Focher-Hauke’s work has its value—not least due to the access he received thanks to the Japanese…

Sam Pack – ‘If It’s Korean, It Must Be Good’- The Nation Branding of South Korean Popular Culture in the Philippines – Pages 85-101

Abstract Filipinos are avid consumers of exported South Korean media products. Teenagers and young adults know the lyrics and dance moves of their favorite K-Pop performers while older viewers are engrossed in the weekly Korean television dramas (known in the Philippines as ‘Koreanovelas’). There exists, however, a fundamental disconnect between the idealised images disseminated in…

Eungseo Kim – The Sino-DPRK Split and Origins of US-DPRK Bilateralism – Pages 73-84

Abstract North Korea has identified its official foreign policy as being focused on ‘self-reliance’ since the mid-1906s. Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-sŏng) had been long preoccupied with external interference in internal affairs, so the escalation of the Sino-Soviet schism created an environment in which to eliminate foreign influence in domestic politics and strengthen his control.…