The book examines the themes of cultural values, collective identity, political ideologies, and Korean cultural traditions throughout Korean language textbooks from the last 120 years. Through this analysis, the author explores the colonial, neo-colonial, and postcolonial contexts that have influenced South Korea. This work demonstrates the significant impact of textbooks and how political leaders make use of school curricula to legitimate their regimes.
Dong Bae Lee is coordinator of the Korean program at the University of Queensland.
Introduction: The Historical Development of Korean Language Education Chapter 1: Analysis of Korean Language Textbooks in the Pre-Colonial Era
Chapter 2: Analysis of Textbooks of the Colonial Period
Chapter 3: Analysis of Textbooks of the Neo-Colonial Period
Chapter 4: Analysis of Korean Language Textbooks of the 1980s
Chapter 5: Analysis of Korean Language Textbooks of the 1990s
Chapter 6: Analysis of Korean Language Textbooks of the 21st Century
Chapter 7: Summary and Conclusions
At a time when all eyes are on East Asian societies and cultures, Dong Bae Lee's study of Korean language textbooks is major contribution to our understanding of the formation of modern Korean culture and identity, nation and ideology. It is an exemplar of the possibilities for the critical analysis of textbook narratives and images.