Beyond The Shadow Of Camptown: Korean Military Brides In America

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Since the beginning of the Korean War in 1950, nearly 100,000 Korean women have immigrated to the United States as the wives of American soldiers. Based on extensive oral interviews and archival research, Beyond the Shadow of the Camptowns tells the stories of these women, from their presumed association with U.S. military camptowns and prostitution to their struggles within the intercultural fami...

Series: Nation of Nations
Hardcover: 281 pages
Publisher: NYU Press (July 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0814796982
ISBN-13: 978-0814796986
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 2485306
Format: PDF ePub fb2 djvu book

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This is an important book about a time in history that many Americans know little about. It pays homage to the women who had very little hope for a future in Korea post Korean War, who came to America looking for a better life and found a country tha...

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reate in the United States.Historian Ji-Yeon Yuh argues that military brides are a unique prism through which to view cultural and social contact between Korea and the U.S. After placing these women within the context of Korean-U.S. relations and the legacies of both Japanese and U.S. colonialism vis á vis military prostitution, Yuh goes on to explore their lives, their coping strategies with their new families, and their relationships with their Korean families and homeland. Topics range from the personal—the role of food in their lives—to the communalthe efforts of military wives to form support groups that enable them to affirm Korean identity that both American and Koreans would deny them.Relayed with warmth and compassion, this is the first in-depth study of Korean military brides, and is a groundbreaking contribution to Asian American, women's, and "new" immigrant studies, while also providing a unique approach to military history.