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A Study on Kim Si-Jong’s Icaino Anthology: With Emphasis on Korean-Japanese ‘Breaking’ and ‘Connecting’

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2023, (91), pp.65-91
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.091.03
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : November 5, 2023
  • Accepted : November 30, 2023
  • Published : November 30, 2023

Moon Ji Hee 1

1제주대학교

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ABSTRACT

Icaino Anthology (1978) is a poetry collection by Kim Si-jong that seeks to reveal the meaning of "living in Japan" while exploring his own status of an ethnic Korean living in Japan away from the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chochongryeon), which was the center of his life in Japan. Icaino, the central subject of this collection of poems, is a Korean settlement in Ikuno-gu, Osaka, and the name Icaino is has symbolic significance in itself to the Koreans in Japan The designation was removed from the place names in Osaka City in February 1, 1973. This paper starts with presenting a question of why Kim Si-jong reintroduced the idea of "Icaino," which had already been erased in 1973, in his poem 1975. The Korean society in Japan still exists as a non-entity in Japan. The July 4 South-North Joint Statement in 1972 makes Korean society in Japan dream of "reunification" of Korea again, but Park Chung-hee's Yushin system and military regime frustrated it. The generation of young Koreans in Japan is not convinced of 'Joseon', 'Korea', and 'an ethnic Korean living in Japan' anywhere. This paper aims to examine Kim Si-jong's critical position on the division of the Korean Peninsula, the Cold War, and discrimination in Japanese society, as well as political and social aspirations from the perspective of an ethnic Korean living in Icaino City in Japan.

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