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Koreans are known for their keen interest in genealogy and inherited ancestral status Yet today's ordinary Korean would be hard pressed to explain the whereabouts of ancestors before the twentieth century With A Family of No Prominence Eugene Y Park gives us a remarkable account of a nonelite family that of Pak Tokhwa and his descendants which includes the author Spanning the early modern and modern e.
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Despite being better educated than most Koreans struggled to survive We follow Pak Tokhwa's descendants as they make inroads into politics business and culture Yet many members' refusal to link their family histories and surnames to royal forebears as most other Koreans did sets them apart and facilitates for readers a meaningful discussion of identity modernity colonialism memory and historical agen.
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Ras over three centuries 1590–1945 this narrative of one family of the chungin class of people is a landmark achievementWhat we do know of the chungin or middle people of Korea largely comes from profiles of wealthy influential men freuently cited as collaborators with Japanese imperialists who went on to constitute the post 1945 South Korean elite This book highlights many rank and file chungin who.