William Haman Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Su-Mei Ooi Butler University, Paul Hanson Butler UniversityWhen becoming an industrialized nation, Japan had the supply lines and the free manpower to expand quickly throughout the South Pacific and on the Asian continent. Korea was a small nation, but not a weak one. They were independent from China and Japan with their own government and language. When they were invaded by the Japanese, however, Korea became a colonial state. My research proposal is to focus on the people, politics, and the relationship between Korea and Japan during its time as a colonial state. Having personal accounts of what happened during this time will explain what the attitudes both the Koreans had about being a Japanese colony, and how the Japanese felt about the Koreans they had just conquered. Looking at the laws put in place in local Korean provinces and the laws that mainland Japan implemented will help bring to light what was important for both the colonized and the colonial power. Putting these two ideas together, I will be able to make an educated judgment on what the relationship between the Koreans and the Japanese during Korean colonization. The important aspect of the research is how the Japanese saw Koreans during this time.
When & Where
Jordan Hall 201