I study modern Japanese and Korean history, specializing in the Japanese colonization of Korea prior to 1945. My book manuscript, Schooling Discontent: Education, Identity and Student Protest in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, examines Japanese education on the Korean peninsula and the evolution of Korean student identity through the lens of colonial-era student protest. In this work, I demonstrate that it was during this era that students first began to forge an enduring understanding of their larger social significance— namely, that to be a modern student was to have not only the right but the obligation to critique, and in certain cases publicly resist, an unjust state. I am also completing a related article entitled “Print Technologies and Social Protest in Colonial Korea,” which examines how covert colonial-era social activist networks utilized newly imported print technology from Japan to resist Japanese rule of the Korean Peninsula.
- Modern Asia, especially modern Japan and Korea
- Social Protest
- Narrative and Film
- Transnationalism, Diaspora and Identity