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Imperatives of CultureSelected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era$
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Christopher P. Hanscom, Walter K. Lew, and Youngju Ryu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838218

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838218.001.0001

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Introduction and Translation by Mickey Hong

Introduction and Translation by Mickey Hong

(p.209) Chapter 12 Introduction and Translation by Mickey Hong
Imperatives of Culture

Son Chint’ae

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter discusses the account of Son Chintʻae, a pioneer of Korean folklore history. He published books on folklore studies in Japanese, including Collected Old Folksongs of Korea, Extant Shamanist Songs of Korea, and Collected Folk Stories of Korea. The preface to his seminal work, Introduction to the History of the Korean Nation was a manifesto for a new Korean history free from what he repeatedly criticizes as the monarchism and aristocentrism of previous historiography. The work exhorted Korean historians to find a new scientific methodology to enable them to write a new history that placed Korea within the context of world history.

Keywords:   Son Chintʻae, Korean folklore history, Introduction to the History, aristocentrism, monarchism, folklore studies

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