Exodus to North Korea: Shadows from Japan's Cold War

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - History - 291 pages
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Ranging from Geneva to Pyongyang, this remarkable book takes readers on an odyssey through one of the most extraordinary forgotten tragedies of the Cold War: the "return" of over 90,000 people, most of them ethnic Koreans, from Japan to North Korea from 1959 onward. Presented to the world as a humanitarian venture and conducted under the supervision of the International Red Cross, the scheme was actually the result of political intrigues involving the governments of Japan, North Korea, the Soviet Union, and the United States. The great majority of the Koreans who journeyed to North Korea in fact originated from the southern part of the Korean peninsula, and many had lived all their lives in Japan. Though most left willingly, persuaded by propaganda that a bright new life awaited them in North Korea, the author draws on recently declassified documents to reveal the covert pressures used to hasten the departure of this unwelcome ethnic minority. For most, their new home proved a place of poverty and hardship; for thousands, it was a place of persecution and death. In rediscovering their extraordinary personal stories, this book also casts new light on the politics of the Cold War and on present-day tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world.
 

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Contents

Morning Sun
3
Hostages to History
15
Geneva City of Dreams
26
Across the East Sea
41
To the Field of Dancing Children
50
The Borders Within
59
The Shadow Ministry
73
The Tip of the Iceberg
84
Dream Homes on the Daedong
157
The Diplomats Diaries
171
From Geneva to Calcutta
187
Silent Partners
198
A Guide for Mr Returnee
208
Toward the Promised Land
219
Return to Nowhere
231
The Willow Trees of Niigata
246

The Pyongyang Conference
98
Special Mission to the Far East
112
The First Return
124
Resolution 20
140
Notes
253
Index
281
About the Author
291
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Tessa Morris-Suzuki is professor in the Division of Pacific and Asian History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. She is the winner of the 2013 Fukuoka Prize.

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