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DMZ CrossingPerforming Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border$
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Suk-Young Kim

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164825

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164825.001.0001

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Twice Crossing and the Price of Emotional Citizenship

Twice Crossing and the Price of Emotional Citizenship

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DMZ Crossing

Suk-Young Kim

Columbia University Press

This chapter looks at a specific kind of political border crossers who transgress the strictly guarded inter-Korean border not once, but twice: the first time to reach the other side, and the second time to return to their place of origin. Two case studies—Lim Su-kyung, a South Korean college student who visited North Korea in 1989, and a group of North Korean “spies” who were imprisoned in South Korea for nearly 30 years—illustrate how the act of double crossing creates an alternative community that is not entirely subject to the system of division. This chapter also uses the North Korean state documentary Praise to Lim Su-kyung, the Flower of Unification (1989) and the South Korean independent documentary Repatriation (2003) to explore how the medium can deploy the historical authority embedded in the genre to amplify affective power in restoring the kinship ties among Koreans.

Keywords:   inter-Korean border, political border, North Korea, South Korea, North Korean state documentary, South Korean independent documentary, historical authority, documentary

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