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Broken VoicesPostcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea's Central Folksong Traditions$
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Roald Maliangkay

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866655

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866655.001.0001

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Promoting Tradition in Korea

(p.1) Introduction
Broken Voices

Roald Maliangkay

University of Hawai'i Press

In Korea, museum collections have long been comprised of mementos rather than specimens of the national heritage. Even so, Korean cultural properties have served the national interests of various administrations since the early 1960s. Although the cultural policies of previous military governments promoted patriotism and national pride, they also nurtured a cultural cringe that would prove hard to erase. Today, however, Korea’s intangible heritage supports the Korean Wave, which brought an end to the cultural cringe in the late 1990s.

Keywords:   postcolonialism, folksongs, heritage, intangible, preservation, cultural cringe, Korea, kugak, nationalism

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