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The Excess of the Memorable Past: The Temporality of International Relations, the Longue Durée of Korea’s Anti-Japanese Identity and the Questions of ‘Comfort Women’

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2017, 24(2), pp.41-68
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2017.24.2.002
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : May 21, 2017
  • Accepted : June 22, 2017
  • Published : June 30, 2017

SON, Key-young 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article explores the temporality of international relations, a field that has received much less attention than its spatiality. It will discuss how to utilize the temporal approaches towards international relations, drawing on the philosophical and historical literature and the recent trend of international relations. As a way of shedding light on this discussion, this article analyzes Korea’s anti-Japanese sentiment instigating the indiscriminate antipathy and conflicts vis-a-vis Japan as a result of its structuration as an inalienable part of Korea’s national identity. By analyzing Korea’s anti-Japanese sentiment stemming from the ‘comfort women’ and many other issues from the temporal, philosophical and quantitative perspectives, it will illustrate the structure of reproducing and reinforcing the sentiment and analyze Korea’s national identity exhibiting the ‘excess of the past.’ To illustrate the temporal identity of a nation state, it will offer an extensive review of various concepts and theories, including the ‘longue durée’ of Fernand Braudel, a member of the Annales School, and highlight the necessity of harmonizing the past, the present and the future.

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