[KS] New issue of the Korea Journal (Summer 2004)
kj at unesco.or.kr
Fri Aug 6 04:56:49 EDT 2004
We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest Korea Journal issue. The summer 2004 of the Korea Journal has been published. This new issue takes the Korean face as its special topic.
1. The Korean Face: Philosophical, Cultural, and Social Dimensions
The face is a physical site through which people communicate with one another, for example through eye and facial expressions. The face is also a manifestation of social relations and the power structure. Lee Seung-Hwan considers the Confucian perceptions of the face as a reflection of people's inner state of mind, arguing that facial expressions in traditional Confucian society were made moderately and appropriately in various social contexts. Choi and Kim address the Korean concept of the social face, chemyeon. They attempt to conceptualize Korean chemyeon consciousness utilizing previous empirical studies. Woo Keong Ja's paper approaches the question of cosmetic surgery. By offering an analysis of the pervasive obsession with appearance in Korean society, she sheds light on the reproduction process of the obsession propelled by patriarchal ideology and the medical industry. In the final article, Cho Yong-jin stresses the influence of physical characteristics on the cultural characteristics of Koreans by looking at their biological features. The papers included in this issue are as follows:
- The Social Meaning of the Body in Confucian Tradition: Between Moral and Political Power / Lee Seung-Hwan (Confucian Philosophy, Korea Univ.)
- Chemyeon—The Social Face in Korean Culture / Choi Sang-Chin (Psychology, Chung-Ang Univ.) and Kim Kibum (Psychology, Chung-Ang Univ.)
- The Beauty Complex and the Cosmetic Surgery Industry / Woo Keong Ja (Sociology, Yonsei Univ.)
- The Physical and Cultural Faces of the Korean People / Cho Yong-jin (Art Anatomy, Hanseo Univ.)
2. Articles and Book Reviews
- Cho Sung Won focuses on Chunhyang’s class promotion from the gisaeng to seonyeo in Sin Jae-hyo’s Namchang Chunhyangga (Song of Chunhyang). Cho concludes that Chunahyang’s class promotion is not a reflection of people’s aspiration of the time, but rather the author’s legitimation of class hierarchy.
- Kirsten Bell explores why Cheondogyo in Korea has declined as a religion and is facing a lack of public awareness despite its high visibility in state and nationalist discourses.
- The land survey conducted during the early stage of the Japanese occupation has been recognized as a key to defining the nature of Japanese colonial rule. Lee Young-Ho examines how the Japanese colonial authority treated the existing land customs in colonized countries such as Taiwan, Manchuria, and Korea, thus furthering the understanding of the nature of Japanese colonial rule.
- The issue also contains an article challenging the opposition to high school equalization policy, and the summer issue contains three reviews analyzing books on the Korean War and colonial modernity.
- Trapped in the Quest for Realism: Mistaken Equality in Namchang Chunhyang / Cho Sung-Won (English Literature, Seoul Women’s Univ.)
- Cheondogyo and the Donghak Revolution: The (un)Making of a Religion / Kirsten Bell (Anthropology, Macquarie Univ, Australia)
- Colonial Modernity and the Investigation of Land Customs: A Comparison of Japan, Taiwan, and Korea / Lee Young-ho (Korean History, Inha Univ.)
- Why Do Economists Disagree with the High School Equalization Policy? / Ahn Hyeon-Hyo (Ewha Womans Univ., Sociology) and Rieu Dong-Min (Economics, Chungnam National Univ.)
- The Implications of Colonial Modernity Without Colonialism / Do Myoun-hoi (Korean History, Daejeon Univ.)
- For Truth, Reconciliation, and Peace / Kwon Hyuk-Bom (Political Science, Daejeon Univ.)
- An Experimental Postmodern Approach as New Historiography / Lee Sin Chol (Korean History, Institute for Korean Historical Studies)
- Private Memory/Silence, or Representation as Power / Choi Jongryul (Sociology, Institute for Social Development Studies, Yonsei University)
E-mail: kj at unesco.or.kr
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