[KS] Re: American Culture in Korea: Possible Research Sources

Jim Shon aloha.net jshon at aloha.net
Wed Jun 16 15:01:08 EDT 1999

Dear List,
I would suggest that this inquiry include interviews with English Teachers
who taught with Peace Corps Volunteers.  The educational establishment is a
conservative one, yet it had substantial interaction with young Americans.
The impacts went beyond classroom learning to scheduling and prioritizing
school activities.  Did other teachers resent the special status Americans
and their co-teachers may have enjoyed?  Did the impact of hundreds of
thousands of students taught by Americans overshadow the interaction with
the US military in Korea?

Do the Koreans who had contact with PCVs have a different attitude toward
the US?

Jim Shon
K-12  1970-73
-----Original Message-----
From: goodwin <goodwin at nas.net>
To: korean-studies at mailbase.ac.uk <korean-studies at mailbase.ac.uk>
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 4:02 AM
Subject: American Culture in Korea: Possible Research Sources

>Dear Mr. Rudiger:
>The following items may be of help to your student.  I have found that
>these works focus -analytically- on the negative impact/image of the U.S.
>Korea, they nonetheless provide a lot of "food for thought" on the positive
>aspects as well.  This is particularly true of item #3 (as I note below).
>the end, however, what is "negative" and what is "positive" is itself a
>question requiring some degree of personal interpretation.  So these are, I
>think, generally quite informative.  (And of course, they have large
>bibliographies for further probing.)
>1) "Cultural Representation of Anti-Americansim: The Negative Images of The
>Unites States in South Korean Literature and Arts, 1945-1994" Lee Jae Bong
>U.Hawaii 1994 DAI-A 56/02
>N.B. DAI is "Dissertations Abstracts International".  This Ph.D. thesis is
>available from DAI.  Full citation is available on DAI database.
>2) "Anti Americanism in South Korea: The Media and The Politics of
>Signification" Lee Jae Kyoung U.Iowa 1993 DAI-A 55/03
>N.B. This Gramscian-inspired work assess the Korean media's "distortion" of
>U.S. policy.  The title, therefore, ought not to be interpreted as
>the thesis one-sidedly explores anti-American sentiments.
>3)  "Mass Media and The Reproduction of The International Order:
>of American Culture by American Television Programs Aired in Korea, 1970 to
>1989"  Yoon Tae Jin 1997 DAI-A 58/07
>N.B. This work explores what its author argues are, "the fundamental
>philosophies of the U.S."
>FInally, many of the "collections" of articles that appeared around the
time of
>the "centennial" celebration of Korean-American relations (1982) contain
>interesting reflections on Korean American cross-cultural perceptions.  To
>search for these in the library the LCSH subject heading would be:
>Korea-Foreign Relations-United States (and the reverse).
>Here are 2 good examples from my local library:
>Especially good as well is this article: "Acceptance of American Culture in
>Korea..." by Hy-Sop Lim in, "After One Hundred Years:Continuity and Change
>Korean-American Relations" ed. Sung-joo Han, Asiatic Research Centre, Korea
>1982.  The "Korea Briefing" series (Westview Press?) contains several
>of this sort too.
>I'd be pleased to respond to your student directly should he or she have
>further questions.  There are many other theses that may be relevant.
>Mike Goodwin (Toronto)
>Rüdiger Frank wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> one of my students wants to do some research on the reception and the
>> influence of American culture in (South) Korea. If you have worked on
>> topic or know some body who did, please contact me directly, I will
>> your messages to her. Hints on published M.A. thesis, dissertations,
>> discussion papers etc. are also welcome.
>> Your help is highly appreciated,
>> Rudiger Frank
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>> Korea Institute
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