본문 바로가기
  • Home

A Case Study about Chaebol and State Power's repression to Korea-Chinese:The A-Seo-Won(雅敍園)'s lawsuit

  • 중앙사론
  • 2012, (35), pp.65-108
  • Publisher : Institute for Historical Studies at Chung-Ang University
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

이용재 1

1인천대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

A-Seo-Won(雅敍園) which has a glorious 64-year history, was a top-class Chinese restaurant in Korea. It was a symbol of Chinese restaurant which is managed by Korea-Chinese. But A-Seo-Won disappeared in Korean-Chinese society because of unexpected legal suit with Lotte Chaebol (*Chaebol: South Korean conglomerates) in 1970. This is called the A-Seo-Won lawsuit. This case is related to various circumstances in Korea, which are the link between Chaebol and State Power, intolerant stereotype of Korean against Korean-Chinese, the tyranny of social majorities against social minorities, the conflict between Korean and Korean-Chinese, so it is possible to have an insight into various aspects of Korean society through the A-Seo-Won law suit. This is why this paper focus on the A-Seo-Won law-suit, and this paper intends to introduce and sheds new light on the A-Seo-Won law-suit. This paper is composed of five parts: 1) The history of A-Seo-Won, 2) The background and cause of the A-Seo-Won's Lawsuit, 3) Process of the A-Seo-Won's Lawsuit, 4) The cause of tragic and ill-fated destiny of A-Seo-Won, 5) Korean and Korean-Chinese's opposite responses to the A-Seo-Won affair. Through this paper, I put forth a multilateral effort to investigate the A-Seo-Won lawsuit from various viewpoint. On the surface, the A-Seo-Won lawsuit seems to gain justification through court process, but in fact, it is considered as a case that Korean-Chinese fell a victim to Chaebol and Korean State Power. The ill-fate of A-Seo-Won stands for hardship and tough life of Korean-Chinese. And through this, we can find significant meaning and value of the A-Seo-Won lawsuit.

Citation status

* References for papers published after 2022 are currently being built.

This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.