Korean Land, Japanese Puppet: A Contemporary Lineage for National Interest and Natural Progression

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2014-09-26
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Dow, Jay
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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The Republic of Korea is an economic force in Asia and one of the top exporters in the world. Since the end of its colonization, South Korea has adopted a Western model for modernity. South Korea's laws and right is designed for capitalist to thrive while protecting the social prosperity of human rights for individuals. Yet, within the last 15 years, the Korean government is taking a backward step to address its own history and identity. So important is digging into the truth of its past that, consequently, property rights are being denied despite years of ownership, usage, and documentation. This research intends to answer how the Korean government legitimizes confiscating land belonging to descendants of former pro-Japanese collaborators. The significance of this research will examine the effect of the courts' ruling on South Korea society. Land is the most important possession belonging to any society that usually assigned culture distinct, values of economic prosperity and psychological identity. Although Japan's colonization intruded on these values, South Korea chose to adopt a Western right of modernity upon liberation. By adopting a Western model, South Korea's post-colonial economic development flourished at the expense of national identity. The court ruling signifies contemporary Korea's recognition that the nation's identity became distorted despite economic progress during the transition period. Therefore, by exploring how the courts ruled in favor of interpreting history over the rights of modernity, this research will cover the courts' arguments for national interest and natural progression.
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