Failed solidarity: Confronting imperial structures in Kim Sa-Ryang's "into the light" and Kim Tal-Su's "village with a view of Mt. Fuji"
Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies | Sungkyunkwan University, Academy of East Asian Studies | Published : 2017
© 2017 Academy of East Asian Studies. Published twelve year's apart, Kim Sa-ryang's "Into the Light" (1939) and Kim Tal-su's "Village with a View of Mt. Fuji" (1951) straddle the August 15, 1945 border that separates Imperial Japan (or colonial Korea) from postwar occupied Japan (or "liberated" Korea). Since these two works represent different sides of this chronological binary, it is telling that both represent Japanese society as being stratified based on a social hierarchy of ethnic difference. This article argues that Kim Sa-ryang and Kim Tal-su's efforts to subvert this distinction between the colonizer and the colonized fails because imperial structures, in both Imperial Japan and post..View full abstract