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The Resource A family of no prominence : the descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the birth of modern Korea, Eugene Y. Park

A family of no prominence : the descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the birth of modern Korea, Eugene Y. Park

Label
A family of no prominence : the descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the birth of modern Korea
Title
A family of no prominence
Title remainder
the descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the birth of modern Korea
Statement of responsibility
Eugene Y. Park
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 Tŏkhwa 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 Tŏkhwa'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."--Page 4 of cover
Cataloging source
CSt/DLC
Dewey number
929.209519
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
CS1339
LC item number
.P37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A family of no prominence : the descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the birth of modern Korea, Eugene Y. Park
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-226) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From the mists of time -- Living with status ambiguity : guardsmen, merchants, and illegitimate children -- As a middle people : military officers, jurists, and calligraphers -- Long live the Korean Empire : hopes, fulfillment, and frustrations -- Fortunes that rose and fell with Imperial Korea : the Tanyang U in-laws -- Vignettes : colonial subjects of imperial Japan
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 239 pages
Isbn
9780804788762
Lccn
2013033797
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)856861443
Label
A family of no prominence : the descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the birth of modern Korea, Eugene Y. Park
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-226) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From the mists of time -- Living with status ambiguity : guardsmen, merchants, and illegitimate children -- As a middle people : military officers, jurists, and calligraphers -- Long live the Korean Empire : hopes, fulfillment, and frustrations -- Fortunes that rose and fell with Imperial Korea : the Tanyang U in-laws -- Vignettes : colonial subjects of imperial Japan
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 239 pages
Isbn
9780804788762
Lccn
2013033797
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)856861443

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