Political geography of selective memory and place composition: Based on the case of Hapcheon-gun, 'Vulnerable region of Korea'

Authors: Jewon Ryu*, Department of geography, Kyung Hee university, Yong Hyuk Cho, Department of geography, Kyung Hee University
Topics: Political Geography, Asia, Cultural Geography
Keywords: political geography, memory, place, vulnerable, geopolitics, scale
Session Type: Poster
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The way to remember past history depends on the times and society. Among Korean, the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, resulted in the liberation from the Japanese imperialism, and until now, the 'atomic bombing' itself was an implicit word for the end of the war, or the surrender of Japan do. Relative to Korea, it was difficult to find interest in A-bomb survivors. Recently, however, these 'memories' are changing. On August 6th, 2018, the first Japanese media broadcasted the memorial service of Hiroshima and the memorial service of Korea at the same time. In October of the same year, former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama visited the Welfare Center for the A-bomb victims and made remarks urging Japan to pay compensation. In this paper, we focused on the Hapchun-gun, which is the central area of ​​the Korean atomic bomb victims, and approached the geographical viewpoint of how victims were remembered according to the times. On the vertical side, I looked at a small area in various scales from East Asian geopolitics to Korea-Japan relations, nuclear-related inter-Korean relations, changes in the character of Korean government, the formation of civil society, discourse on nuclear power, and activation of local governments. On the horizontal side, we tried to present a general framework that can be applied to those who were alienated by tragic events such as the comfort women of the Japanese military, the comfort women of the US Army, and the leprosy patients of Sorok Island.

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