Eastern sentiments by T'aejun Yi, Janet Poole

By T'aejun Yi, Janet Poole

The Confucian gentleman students of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) frequently released brief anecdotes exemplifying their values and aesthetic matters. In glossy Seoul one pupil particularly may excel at adapting this sort to a latest readership: Yi T'aejun. Yi T'aejun used to be a prolific and influential author of colonial Korea and an said grasp of the fast tale and essay. He additionally wrote numerous Read more...

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Yi T'aejun was once a prolific and influential author of colonial Korea, and an said grasp of the quick tale and essay. Born in northern Korea in 1904, Yi T'aejun settled in Seoul after a Read more...

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Some might argue that Yi did eventually move into Fanon’s final stage with liberation. after the Japanese defeat, he chose to move to north Korea, taking up a central position in writers’ organizations there and continuing to publish until he succumbed to the purges of the southern communists in the north in 1956. It is not clear what happened to him thereafter or when he died. Various reports place him working in a printing factory or even a brick factory. What is certain is that he could not continue to publish.

Death The day before yesterday was the most beautiful morning we have seen in Sŏngbuk-chŏng this spring. Azaleas and forsythias hung their smiling blossoms over every fence, apricot and cherry buds fattened themselves in preparation to bloom, and sparrows twittered among the forest of flowers as if they were the only ones to notice that the morning was so perfectly clear. And then, from a house across the other side of the stream, there arose a wild wail. When I walked out my door this morning, a hearse stood in front of the house across the stream, which had been the source of the wailing.

It was not until the final years of the war that paper rationing and other restrictions curtailed this emerging mass urban culture. at the beginning of the war at least, wartime conditions hardly stemmed the burgeoning commercial ventures from earlier in the decade, and in fact the new media of film, radio, newspapers, and even literature played an active role in the total mobilization campaign. Korea’s first major bout of urbanism thus coincided with wartime production and a global age of fascist powers when modernist ideology fueled art movements and armies alike.

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