1900 to 1950: A Half-Century of Crisis and Advancement
Qing 1644 to 1912
Republic of China 1912 to present     People's Republic of China 1949
Meiji Restoration 1868 to 1912
Taisho Period 1912 to 1926
Showa Period 1926 to 1989
Choson 1392 to 1910
Japanese Rule 1910 to 1945     U.S.-Soviet Occupation
1945
French rule in "Indochina" (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam) 1862 to mid-20th century
British rule 19th century to 1947     Independence and Partition 1947
Table of Contents - 1900 to 1950

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KOREA: HISTORY-ARCHAEOLOGY

Japanese Rule (1910-1945)

Primary Sources w/DBQs"The Old People and the New Government," by Komatsu Midori [PDF] [Asia for Educators]
In order to understand Japanese colonial rule in Korea, and the reactions of Koreans, it is useful to see the ways in which Japanese officials sought to justify the takeover to Koreans, to themselves, and to the rest of the world. The article excerpted here is a transcript of a talk given by an official of the Japanese foreign ministry, Komatsu Midori, to resident foreign members (mostly British and American) of Seoul’s Royal Asiatic Society shortly after annexation. Both history and civilization are called into service.

Primary Sources w/DBQsDeclaration of Independence (March 1, 1919) [PDF] [Asia for Educators]

Lesson PlanThe March First Movement [PDF] [Korea Society]
For grades 7-12. Learning objectives: 1) Understand how Japan's annexation and colonization of Korea influenced the growth of
Korean nationalism; 2) Identify the importance of Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points declaration and its effect on Korea; 3) Analyze the connection between the Korean Declaration of Independence of March 1, 1919 and Wilson's "doctrine of self-determination" policy; 4) Analyze photographs of the March First Movement; 5) Demonstrate an understanding of the March First Movement by writing a letter to President Wilson.

Lesson PlanMarch First Independence Movement [PDF] [Korea Society]
For grades 10-12. "The purpose of this lesson is to examine the March 1, 1919 independence movement in Korea. Students will look at this event from a variety of perspectives and create a political poster that captures the emotions of the Koreans, who took a stand against their oppressors in hopes of gaining their independence. Students will also examine the aftermath of the March 1 Movement, within Korea and abroad."

Lesson PlanFamous Koreans: Six Portraits: Yu Kwan-Sun (1904-1920) [PDF] [Education About Asia, Association for Asian Studies]
Lesson plan designed "to provide an opportunity for students to learn about famous Koreans through readings and/or dramatizations." Brief overviews of the lives of six nodiv figures in Korea's history, including Yu Kwan-Sun (1904-1920), a student organizer in the March First Independence Movement. Each overview is imagined as a first-person narrative written by the historical figure.

Lesson PlanKorea under Japanese Occupation [PDF] [Korea Society]
For grades 9-12. Learning objectives: 1) Understand the influence of geography on Korean history and culture; 2) Develop an appreciation of literature as a medium of learning history; 3) Interpret attitudes and behaviors of cultures and peoples in conflict; 4) Compare historical experiences of three small nations under occupation (Korea 1910-45, eighteenth-century
Poland, Biblical Israel).

Primary Sources w/DBQsJapanese Colonialism in Korea: 1910-1945 (A Document-based Essay Exercise) [PDF] [Korea Society]
For grades 10-12. With a background reading and thirteen short primary-source documents.

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Formation of the Korean Communist Party

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LITERATURE

Stories about the Colonial Experience

Primary Sources w/DBQsOral Histories of the Colonial Era [PDF] [Asia for Educators]

Primary Sources w/DBQsOral Histories of the "Comfort Women" [PDF] [Asia for Educators]

Lesson PlanComing of Age during the Japanese Occupation: Richard E. Kim's Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood [PDF] [Korea Society]
For grades 9-12. Learning objectives: 1) Understand how the Japanese occupation of Korea affected the young narrator and his family and, by extension, all Koreans; 2) Identify with a young boy who comes of age during a particularly difficult time in his country's history; 3) Learn the importance of family ties and religious faith in building courage and fortitude.

History as Literature, Literature as History: Lost Names, Scenes from a Korean Boyhood [PDF] [Education About Asia, Association for Asian Studies]
"Lost Names is a useful, rare, and wonderful book for several reasons. The book’s title reflects the Japanese Pacific War policy of forcing Koreans to replace their own names with Japanese ones. Lost Names is the story, as recounted by a young boy, of one Korean family’s experience during the war years." Featuring an interview of the author, Richard E. Kim, as well as essays by a junior high, senior high school, and university instructor on how they have used Lost Names as a highly effective teaching tool.

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SOCIETY

Women

Lesson PlanFamous Koreans: Six Portraits: Yu Kwan-Sun (1904-1920) [PDF] [Education About Asia, Association for Asian Studies]
Lesson plan designed "to provide an opportunity for students to learn about famous Koreans through readings and/or dramatizations." Brief overviews of the lives of six nodiv figures in Korea's history, including Yu Kwan-Sun (1904-1920), a student organizer in the March First Independence Movement. Each overview is imagined as a first-person narrative written by the historical figure.

Primary Sources w/DBQsOral Histories of the "Comfort Women" [PDF] [Asia for Educators]

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