Once again this week a great place to dive deeper online into the period we’ve been talking about is Columbia University’s Asia for Educators. The site is divided chronologically, so you’ll want to look both at the late Qing and late Joseon materials, as well as the “Republic of China” and “Japanese Rule” sections.
It’s a joy to introduce you to another phenomenal website on East Asian history, MIT’s Visualizing Cultures. You can get lost for weeks exploring the rich collection, which is curated with interpretive essays commissioned from leading historians. Although the focus of the project began with Japan, there is quite a bit of material on China and a bit on Korea.
For a much smaller scale project, but focused on Korea, check out the gallery of photographs of late Joseon/ early colonial Korea assembled by Kallie Szczpanski at About.com. Maybe you know other sites that feature early photography of China and Korea?
Lastly, you can learn more online about the contemporary significance of An Jung-geun, a national hero in Korea with his own elaborate memorial on the slopes of Namsan Mountain in downtown Seoul. Beware the hagiography, but still, you might browse the photographs and documents on the An Jung-geun Memorial Museum website. The National Museum of Contemporary Korean History, located in the Gwanghwamun plaza in the heart of Seoul, opened a special exhibition “Eyes on An Jung-geun” in March 2015, as a way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule.
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