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From Chosun Dynasty to Segehwa

A Cultural Mapping Of Contemporary Korea

Roe Jae-ryung

PABLO PICASSO, Massacre in Korea, 1951, oil on canvas, 109.5 x 209.5 cm. Collection Musée Picasso, Paris. © Succession Picasso/DACS 1996.

In a 1978 survey of American attitudes toward Korea conducted by a survey and research organisation in Washington DC, Korea was associated primarily with negative information in the public imagination. Only seventy-five per cent of the respondents could locate Korea somewhere on the periphery of China, and more than half pictured Korea as crowded and underdeveloped. And surprisingly the…

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