Korean Memories and Psycho-Historical Fragmentation: Fast-Forward, Retrospective

  • Mikyoung Kim


Mikyoung Kim theorizes Korean memories by introducing the concept of “psycho-historical fragmentation.” She contextualizes the empirical findings of this edited volume as manifestations of ruptured memories in the unprecedented pressure of compressed modernization that Korean society has been going through for the past century. Her analyses of two opinion polls taken in 2000 and 2013 show subtle and nuanced yet distinctive changes that have taken place in the Korean mnemonic landscape suggesting increasing fissure and fragmentation. Sources of Koreans’ historical sense of pride and shame are diversified where the distinction between historical experiences of honor and guilt are becoming blurry.


Korean memories Psycho-historical fragmentation Compressed modernization Mnemonic rupture Sources of honor and shame 


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  • Mikyoung Kim
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  1. 1.BusanSouth Korea

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