An Asian Frontier: American Anthropology and Korea, by Robert Oppenheim

By Robert Oppenheim

In the 19th century the most important concentration of yank anthropology founded at the local peoples of North the United States, and such a lot anthropologists could argue that Korea in this interval was once not often a cultural sector of serious anthropological curiosity. even if, 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 heritage. An Asian Frontier makes a speciality of the discussion among the yank anthropological culture and Korea, from Korea’s first treaty with the us to the top of worldwide battle II, with the target of rereading anthropology’s historical past 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 indicates how and why Korea grew to become a tremendous 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 learn 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 while they engaged questions of imperialism that have been raised through Japan’s colonization of the rustic. In tracing the advance of yankee anthropology’s figuring out of Korea, Oppenheim discloses the legacy found in our ongoing realizing of Korea and of anthropology’s past.

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