E. Taylor Atkins


On his book Primitive Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-1945

Cover Interview of November 23, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Japanese attraction to Koreana expressed anti-modern ambivalence, even self-loathing.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Alongside the brutality of Japanese colonialism in Korea, there was a parallel—if contradictory—impulse to document, preserve, and exhibit selected aspects of Korean folkloric culture and performance art.”

On the second:

“None of us is anything less than a complex whole, and we do well to acknowledge the comparable complexity of the people whose historical traces we pursue.”