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Analyzing the Cultural Factors of Young Koreans’ Perception toward Japan - Beyond the “Vicious Cycle of Mutual Hate”-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2020, (87), pp.139-158
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..87.202011.139
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : August 31, 2020
  • Accepted : October 28, 2020
  • Published : November 30, 2020

OH SEUNG HEE 1

1동아시아연구원

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ABSTRACT

This study focuses on the cultural aspect of relations between Korea and Japan, recognizing that the young people's perception of Japan has changed when compared to that of previous generations. After the 1998 Kim-Obuchi Joint Declaration, Koreans were able to enjoy Japanese pop culture. Unlike previous generations, Korean younger generations have contributed to the positive recognition of Japan. As of 2020, the MZ generation, which makes up the youth generation in 2020, is good at recognizing and expressing themselves as consumers. This generation looks at the world centered on “I," consuming Japan and utilizing digital technology to communicate, and constructing hybrid identities based on values. Despite being affected by historical conflicts and political influence based on the mutually hostile identities of anti-Japan and anti-Korea sentiments, it can be said that the resilience moving from conflict to cooperation has been strengthen based on the cultural exchanges and individual experiences.

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