Episode 159 – Best of Frenemies, Part 5

This week — what was colonial Korea like? We’ll do a quick overview of 35 years of colonial economic, political, and social policy to give you a feel for what Japan’s goals in Korea were and how those goals effected the lives of ordinary Koreans.

Listen to the episode here.


Cummings, Bruce. Korea’s Place in the Sun.

Kang, Hildi. Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945.

Caprio, Mark. Japanese Assimilation Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945.


The Government-General building in Seoul. Hard to miss the symbolism of putting it in the old royal capital.
Keijo (Seoul) in the 1930s under Japanese occupation.
Korean workers at a Japanese operated gold mine, 1937.
Korean “volunteer” troops in the Imperial Japanese Army, c. 1943.
Yi Un and his Japanese wife. After WWII, Yi Un would be barred from returning to Korea until the 1960s.