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Robert Oppenheim's An Asian Frontier: American Anthropology and Korea, PDF

By Robert Oppenheim

ISBN-10: 0803285612

ISBN-13: 9780803285613

In the 19th century the major concentration of yankee anthropology headquartered at the local peoples of North the USA, and so much anthropologists might argue that Korea in this interval used to be not often a cultural zone of serious anthropological curiosity. notwithstanding, this angle underestimates Korea as an important item of shock for American anthropology through the interval from 1882 to 1945—otherwise a turbulent, transitional interval in Korea’s historical past. An Asian Frontier specializes in the discussion among the yank anthropological culture and Korea, from Korea’s first treaty with the USA to the top of global warfare II, with the objective of rereading anthropology’s background and theoretical improvement via its Pacific frontier.
               Drawing on notebooks and private correspondence in addition to the guides of anthropologists of the day, Robert Oppenheim exhibits how and why Korea turned an enormous item of study—with, for example, extra released approximately Korea within the pages of American Anthropologist ahead of 1900 than will be seen for many years after. Oppenheim chronicles the activities of yank creditors, Korean mediators, and metropolitan curators who first created Korean anthropological exhibitions for the general public. He strikes directly to research anthropologists—such as Aleš Hrdlicka, Walter Hough, Stewart Culin, Frederick Starr, and Frank Hamilton Cushing—who healthy Korea into frameworks of evolution, tradition, and race at the same time they engaged questions of imperialism that have been raised through Japan’s colonization of the rustic. In tracing the improvement of yankee anthropology’s knowing of Korea, Oppenheim discloses the legacy found in our ongoing knowing of Korea and of anthropology’s past.

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