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A Family of No Prominence free pdf Koreans are known for their keen interest in genealogy and inherited ancestral status. Yet today's ordinary Korean would be hard pressed to explain the whereabouts of ancestors before the twentieth century. With "A Family of No Prominence," Eugene Y. Park gives us a remarkable account of a nonelite family, that of Pak Tokhwa and his descendants (which includes the author). Spanning the early modern and modern eras over three centuries (1590-1945), this narrative of one family of the "chungin" class of people is a landmark achievement. What we do know of the "chungin," or "middle people," of Korea largely comes from profiles of wealthy, influential men, frequently cited as collaborators with Japanese imperialists, who went on to constitute the post-1945 South Korean elite. This book highlights many rank-and-file "chungin" who, despite being better educated than most Koreans, struggled to survive. We follow Pak Tokhwa's descendants as they make inroads into politics, business, and culture. Yet many members' refusal to link their family histories and surnames to royal forebears, as most other Koreans did, sets them apart, and facilitates for readers a meaningful discussion of identity, modernity, colonialism, memory, and historical agency.

About Eugene Y Park

Eugene Y. Park is the Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and Director of the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "Between Dreams and Reality: The Military Examination in Late Choson Korea, 1600-1984" (2007).

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Author : Eugene Y Park
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Data Published : 18 September 2014
ISBN : 0804790868
EAN : 9780804790864
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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