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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 Jiyeon Kim

Introduction and Translation by Jiyeon Kim

(p.29) Chapter 2 Introduction and Translation by Jiyeon Kim
Imperatives of Culture

Sin Paegu

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reviews the second volume of intellectual journal New Life, “Urging the Vanguard of Social Movements to Come Forward.” It addressed several major issues that surfaced throughout the short history of the journal such as: the hardship of the common masses and the transition from the traditional Confucian society to a new capitalist society. The chapter discusses how one of the journal's writers, Sin Paegu, describes in empathetic terms the Korean situation and the plight of the common folk. He pointed out that factory laborers were extremely small and that the lower classes consisted mainly of peasants, including tenant farmers.

Keywords:   New Life, Urging the Vanguard, Sin Paegu, Korean situation, lower classes

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