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Unfamiliar Representation of History in the Zainichi Korean playwright Chong Wishing : Focusing on YakinikuDragon

Moon KyoungYeon 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The image of consent that ties state and nationderives, mostly, from the “memory” of the “past.” However, a nation’s memory of the past is a dominant fiction that has been formulated from the process of exclusion, suppression, discrimination and concealment; hence, a homogeneous image is impossible from the outset. One of the new phenomena in the 2000s’ Korean drama is the emergence of the minority’s memories that had been expelled during the process of establishing history and nation. Yakiniku Dragon(2008), a drama by the Zainichi Korean playwright Chong Wishing, puts the presence of “displacement” and “diaspora” in the foreground via the life of Zainichi Koreans who must physically live in the space outside the national border. This drama embodies not only the colonial experience under the colonial empire, but the colonial devices that are still at work during the post-colonial period by being socially and psychologically structured and imprinted. It attempts to question the post-colonialist approach and perspective by dealing with the “colonial rule” by the Japanese Empire and the ensuing historical situations such as “war” between and “division” of North and South Korea. In the end, the three daughters each go their separate ways by, respectively, choosing North Korea, South Korea and Japan as their destinations. They would continue to live their lives that could not be integrated into a nation; and it is not difficult to assume that unmeasurable changes would occur among them in the modes of their lives and the construction of subject. This work contributed to the reestablishment of Zainichi as the minor subject by enunciating, recording and narrativizing the memories of the minority.

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