This week I read a section about a Korean War Captive in Japan. I read the section about the captive sending a memorial from captivity. I thought this really expanded my view as a historian. So often we are told to read and analyze textbooks and we are given little opportunity to view personal sources from people. I think personal sources are important because it helps historians understand the thoughts of actual people living through difficult times. I hope to find more of these sources through the rest of the semester to increase my knowledge of subjects, especially my final project regarding the colonial time period in Korea.
I found some sources for my final project!
This first one is about Colonial Rule in Korea, mostly by the Japanese. Here is the citation (bolded is the url) Check it out!: HA, YONG CHOOL. “Colonial Rule and Social Change in Korea: The Paradox of Colonial Control.” In Colonial Rule and Social Change in Korea, 1910-1945, edited by HA YONG CHOOL, LEE HONG YUNG, and SORENSEN CLARK W., 39-75. SEATTLE; LONDON: University of Washington Press, 2013. Accessed March 26, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvcwnq1n.6.
My next source evaluates how Japan gained control of Korea during the colonial time. It looks at the fall of the Choson Dynasty and moves from there. Here is the citation (bolded is the url) again haha: KIM, JINWUNG. “THE PERIOD OF JAPANESE COLONIAL RULE: (1910–1945).” In A History of Korea: From “Land of the Morning Calm” to States in Conflict, 321-66. Indiana University Press, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt16gh5vd.12.
My last source is a more general one. It shows what the colonial state and society looked like. This source will hopefully help readers understand what life was like for ordinary citizens during these times. Here is the citation (bolded is the url) Enjoy!: Robinson, Michael E. “COLONIAL STATE AND SOCIETY.” In Korea’s Twentieth-Century Odyssey: A Short History, 36-55. University of Hawai’i Press, 2007. Accessed March 26, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt6wr28q.6.
Starting last week, I moved to remote learning for all of my classes. Today, I learned that we will be finishing the semester through remote learning. During the first short week of remote learning, I learned that I do my best work in the morning when I can get it done and not have to stress about what I have to do for the rest of the day. Positives from remote learning include being able to have flexibility with my schedule and being at home with my family because I love spending time with my family. Negatives from the experience include not being able to have face-to-face classes or face-to-face interactions with friends. This experience has taught me that I do not necessarily need face-to-face class time, but it certainly increases the pace of which subjects can be taught. I am proud of myself for being able to keep a routine and get the work done that I had to. I am also proud of myself for staying organized and writing out the assignments that I need to complete by the end of the week along with when Zoom sessions are and when I need to go to physical therapy for my knee. It is definitely overwhelming to see the amount of work that I need to complete in a given week, but I plan on just taking things one day at a time and going from there.
Due to the circumstances of working on this course online with less access to discussions, I think it is beneficial to make my final project a simple one that also provides others with a basic understanding of colonial Korea. This is not a topic that was covered yet in class but one that I find intriguing. There are a lot of articles and other sources on the people of colonial Korea and what they dressed like and enjoyed doing. I am planning on hopefully creating a thorough cheat sheet to display these facts. I had constructed a cheat sheet on the three kingdoms in a group during class and it was nice to see the important topics laid out in a simple form. I think this will be a nice source for middle schoolers or high schoolers looking to expand their Korean knowledge. I plan to research colonial Korea in depth and pick out the most important ideas to place in my cheat sheet. I want to focus on the people of colonial Korea to show students the similarities between people all over the world. I also want to show how people have changed over time and how they have evolved in the things that they do. I hope this provides students with a simple knowledge that gets them interested in colonial Korea and encourages them to expand their knowledge down the road.
This week in Korean history we looked closely at a map to come to the conclusion that important places, such as Seoul, is closer to North Korea than you may picture in your head. It was good to have a visual to see where everything is. We also discussed how quickly the Mongols took over the known world. It was quick but we were able to see that some places, like Korea, provided more of a challenge for the Mongols and was not going to give up so easily. It was obvious how powerful the Mongols were but it was also obvious that some places were more troublesome for them than others.
Here is a link to a video that we saw in class that shows just how fast the Mongols spread their power: https://youtu.be/VBIvE9n5bBE