[KS] historical uses of the Korean term YO^BO

Todd Henry htodd98 at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 9 21:01:21 EDT 2009

Dear all:

I am currently completing an article on colonial racialization with a focus on how Japanese settlers and journalists appropriated the native term "yo^bo" to derogatorily refer to colonized Koreans, particularly lower class laborers.  I am also analyzing Korean critiques to this racialized usage of "yo^bo," but am not completely satisfied with the explanations they (the Korean critics) give as to the social etymology of this term.

I would, therefore, be interested in any scholarship (or other information) that deals with how this term was used during the late Cho^son period and into the colonial period.  It would also interest me to hear more about post-liberation/colonial uses of "yo^bo" and if they had anything to do with the sort of derogatory usages I have been investigating from the colonial period.

Thanks in advance for your guidance and help.

Todd A. Henry

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Korea Institute, Harvard University
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University of California-San Diego
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