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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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Nation and Nature Beyond the Borderland

Nation and Nature Beyond the Borderland

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DMZ Crossing

Suk-Young Kim

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter examines the debate regarding the future of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), mostly the clashing forces of Korean nationalism and transnational environmentalism. As an example, the Imjingak Peace Park—an expansive memorial park adjacent to the South Korean DMZ—contains multiple layers of paradoxes that characterize this contested space: its titillating proximity to the DMZ and North Korea while functioning as a barrier that stops civilians' free approach to the zone; its significance as a site of past trauma as well as of future recreation and leisure. In consequence, the Korean civilians' lack of mobility across the border accentuates the absurdly limited field of vision to which they are restricted when attempting to see the division in its full spectrum.

Keywords:   Korean demilitarized zone, Korean DMZ, Korean nationalism, transnational environmentalism, Imjingak Peace Park, mobility across the border, North Korea

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