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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 Charles R. Kim

Introduction and Translation by Charles R. Kim

(p.104) Chapter 6 Introduction and Translation by Charles R. Kim
Imperatives of Culture

Paek Namun

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This chapter narrates the life of Paek Namun. He was born on February 11, 1894, in Kochʻang County, North Chŏlla Province. He began his formal education at the Suwŏn School of Agriculture and Forestry (Suwŏn Nongnim Hakkyo). After graduating in 1915, he taught for a time at the Kanghwa Public Normal School (Kanghwa Kongnip Potʻong Hakkyo) before resigning in 1918 to resume his studies. He had co-established the Society for the Study of the Korean Economy (Chosŏn Kyŏngje Hakhoe) in and became active as a public intellectual by publishing in newspapers and journals. Immediately after Korea's liberation, Paek established the Korean Academy of Sciences (Chosŏn Haksurwŏn), which would become a politically neutral research organization that aimed to shape national policy and construct an autonomous national culture.

Keywords:   Paek Namun, Kanghwa Public Normal School, Korean Academy of Sciences, public intellectual, research organization, national culture

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