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The Unending Korean War


The Korea Policy Institute is pleased to share an issue of positions: asia critique (volume 23, issue 4) titled, “The Unending Korean War,” edited by Christine Hong and Henry Em. This special issue assembles critical perspectives on the unending Korean War from scholars and creative practitioners working within and across the fields of Korean studies, Asian American studies, and American studies.  KPI Board members, past fellows and advisors are represented in much of this collection.

Examining the war beyond its standard 1950-1953 periodization and assumed status as a past event, this issue draws upon an innovative archive of Korean War-era American comic books, declassified prisoner-of-war (POW) political documents, Chicano war narratives, photos of North Korean reconstruction, recent North Korean defector memoirs, South Korean Manchurian action films of the 1960s, a South Korean novel about North Korean war memories, and Korean adoptee documentaries in order to shed light less on the war’s known contours than on its unexamined recesses, forgotten potentialities, and undertheorized afterlives.

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The Unending Korean War

Table of Contents

  1. Christine Hong: Guest editor’s introduction: The Unending Korean War

  2. Leonard Rifas: Korean War Comic Books and the Militarization of American Masculinity

  3. Youngju Ryu: Truth or Reconciliation? The Guest and the Massacre That Never Ends

  4. Daniel Kim: The Borderlands of the Korean War and the Fiction of Rolando Hinojosa

  5. Monica Kim: The Intelligence of Fools: Reading the U.S. Military Archive of the Korean War

  6. Bruce Cumings: Violet Ashes: A Tribute to Chris Marker

  7. Christine Hong: Manufacturing Dissidence: Arts and Letters of North Korea’s “Second Culture”

  8. Jinsoo An:War as Business in South Korea’s Manchurian Action Films

  9. Jodi Kim: “The Ending is Not and Ending At All” : On the Militarized and Gendered Diasporas of Korean Transnational Adoption and the Korean War

  10. Heny Em, Christine Hong, Kim Dong-Choon: A Coda: A Conversation With Kim Dong-Choon


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