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Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea's Central Folksong Traditions

Roald Maliangkay


Broken Voices is the first English-language book on Korea’s rich folksong traditions, and the first study of the effects of Japanese colonialism on the intangible heritage of its former colony. Maliangkay demonstrates that South Korea’s cultural preservation system, one of the world’s most elaborate, is deeply rooted in the period of Japanese colonial rule. He describes how the three largest folksong traditions, which have all been passed on in and around Seoul, have developed prior to and after becoming recognized as national cultural properties. Although continued government funding for Kore ... More

Keywords: postcolonialism, folksong, heritage, intangible, preservation, cultural cringe, Korea, Kugak, music, legislation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824866655
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roald Maliangkay, author
Australian National University