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Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late ModernityCommodification, Tourism, and Performance$
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Laurel Kendall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833930

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833930.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Material Modernity, Consumable Tradition

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Introduction
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Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity
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Laurel Kendall

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833930.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book describes how experiences of new “modernity” in the colonial period and of “traditional Korea/Korean tradition” in late modernity have been constructed, experienced, and reinforced through and around the consumption of distinctive goods and services. South Korea in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries is a strong nation-state and techno-giant that has mastered all manner of modern forms from one of the world's largest megamalls to the hugely successful production of pop culture for a global market. At the same time, and in a manner everywhere conducive to nostalgia, South Koreans express anxiety over the corrupting influence of new wealth. On such ground, traditional things become desirable commodities, and a nostalgic embrace of tradition—in modern commodity form—constitutes one South Korean response to the flux and contradiction associated with a postmodern condition.

Keywords:   Korean modernity, Korean tradition, South Korea, consumption

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