Under Japanese Occupation:
Plays by Ch'i-jin Yu and Man-sik Ch'ae
Author: Ch'i-jin Yu and Man-sik
Translator: Jinhee Kim
Order No. 1025
5.5 x 8.5, Paperback
178 pages, 2004
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From 1910 to 1945, Japan occupied Korea and controlled every
aspect of the Korean life. This book selects three plays by
two prominent Korean writers, Ch'i-jin Yu and Man-sik Ch'ae,
who ventured to voice anti-Japanese sentiments in their plays
despite the harsh censorship.
In The Ox, two brothers suddenly find their lives and futures
disrupted by the disappearance of their family's aging ox.
The Shack depicts the destruction of a family that has already
been progressing toward doom under the roof of the crumbling
shack. In Memorial Day, the young protagonist discovers that
his family's past converges repeatedly with the major historical
upheavals of Korea.
Ch'i-jin Yu (1905-1974) is one of the most important
modern playwrights in Korea. He wrote more than forty plays
and directed nearly one hundred. Ch'i-jin Yu was one of the
first Korean playwrights to publicly voice anti-Japanese sentiments
in his plays. Man-sik Ch'ae (1902-1950), though not
the leading force of the Korean theater, is arguably the most
intriguing writer of the colonial period. His Memorial Day
is now considered one of the representative plays of that
Jinhee Kim is Assistant Professor of Korean/Comparative
Literature at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Her principal research interests and publications focus on
world drama, modern Korean Literature, and Korean American