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Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity: Commodification, Tourism, and Performance

Laurel Kendall


This book explores the irony of modern things made in the image of a traditional “us.” It describes the multifaceted ways “tradition” is produced and consumed within the frame of contemporary Korean life and how these processes are enabled by different apparatuses of modernity that Koreans first encountered in the early twentieth century. Commoditized goods and services first appeared in the colonial period in such spectacular and spectacularly foreign forms as department stores, restaurants, exhibitions, and staged performances. Today, these same forms have become the media through which many ... More

Keywords: Korean modernity, Korean tradition, contemporary Korea, commoditized goods, commoditized services, national identity, heritage preservation, tourism, performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833930
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurel Kendall, editor
American Museum of Natural History