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Beyond the Shadow of Camptown : Korean Military Brides in America

Beyond the Shadow of Camptown : Korean Military Brides in America - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0814796993

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ISBN13: 978-0814796993
ISBN10: 0814796990

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 2002
International: No

List price: $27.00

Beyond the Shadow of Camptown : Korean Military Brides in America - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0814796993

Ji-Yeon Yuh

ISBN13: 978-0814796993
ISBN10: 0814796990

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Since the beginning of the Korean War in 1950, nearly 100,000 Korean women have immigrated to the United States as the wives of American soldiers. Based on extensive oral interviews and archival research, Beyond the Shadow of the Camptowns tells the stories of these women, from their presumed association with U.S. military camptowns and prostitution to their struggles within the intercultural families they create in the United States.

Historian Ji-Yeon Yuh argues that military brides are a unique prism through which to view cultural and social contact between Korea and the U.S. After placing these women within the context of Korean-U.S. relations and the legacies of both Japanese and U.S. colonialism vis á vis military prostitution, Yuh goes on to explore their lives, their coping strategies with their new families, and their relationships with their Korean families and homeland. Topics range from the personal--the role of food in their lives--to the communalthe efforts of military wives to form support groups that enable them to affirm Korean identity that both American and Koreans would deny them.

Relayed with warmth and compassion, this is the first in-depth study of Korean military brides, and is a groundbreaking contribution to Asian American, women's, and "new" immigrant studies, while also providing a unique approach to military history.

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