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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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Blurring Tradition and Modernity

Blurring Tradition and Modernity

The Impact of Japanese Colonization and Ch’oe Sŭng-hŭi on Dance in South Korea Today

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8 Blurring Tradition and Modernity
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Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity
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Judy Van Zile

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833930.003.0009

This chapter examines selected dance characteristics and experiences of Ch'oe Sŭng-hŭI (1911–1964?), their relationship to the times in which she lived and performed, and their contribution to a kind of dance that serves, today, as a visual symbol of Korea. Ch'oe began her dance career and quickly rose to stardom during colonial times. Her explicit desire to be Korean but in a modern way, and to satisfy diverse audiences in the dances she choreographed and performed prior to relocating to what is now North Korea, are foregrounded in order to show the impact she had on dance in South Korea today. Ultimately her experiences and the kind of dance she pioneered point to issues involved in the ongoing redefinition of tradition and who defines it, and in the uses of tradition in modern times.

Keywords:   Ch'oe Sung-hui, dancers, South Korea, Korean dance, Korean tradition

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