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Yumi Moon: "Colonial Media: Hollywood Movies and Gender Discourse in Wartime Korea, 1931-1940"
Hollywood cinema increased its cultural power among Koreans while the Japanese empire consolidated its colonial rule in Korea and proceeded with its continental expansion by invading Manchuria in 1931. The visual images of American films dazzled urban moviegoers in colonial Korea, although the messages of the films were consumed differently by the two competing vernacular communities of Koreans and members of the Japanese settler community. This talk explores the interdiscursive dynamics between the visual images of American films and the textual narratives of colonial print media in shaping the gender discourse of wartime colonial Korea.
Yumi Moon is Associate Professor, History (East Asia).