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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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Borders on Display

Borders on Display

Museum Exhibitions

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DMZ Crossing

Suk-Young Kim

Columbia University Press

This chapter compares the South Korean state museum's re-creation of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) crossing experience with how its North Korean counterpart imagines the border area and the act of border crossing. While the North Korean museum's reference to wartime border crossing is stunningly lacking when compared to that of its South Korean counterpart, this significant absence symptomatically exposes North Korea's vulnerability in imagining the past. The emotional experience and expression of division is not only a terrain for individual citizens to create spontaneous coalitions but also a powerful resource for both Korean states to claim their validity as agents of reunification—no matter how different their visions of division and reunification might be.

Keywords:   South Korean state museum, wartime border crossing, reunification, Korean states, division, North Korean museum, Korean demilitarized zone, Korean DMZ

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