Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea)

The Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea 1900-1945) is a comprehensive bibliography created by Jee-Young Park, Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Chicago Library.

This bibliography contains 913 periodicals from the colonial period (1910-1945), pre-colonial period (1896-1910), and post-colonial period from liberation in 1945 to the establishment of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948. It covers subjects in every field including politics, economy, industry, society, literature, education, religion, women, children, medicine, science and friendship societies.

Korean magazine cover from 1930

In Korea and its neighboring nations, the period from 1900-1945, known as the modern era, was marked by political transformations and chaos.These changes did not remain limited to the realm of politics, but extended into a multitude of efforts to transform culture and society as well. As evidence of these efforts, one of the defining characteristics of the colonial era was the proliferation of modern print media across a number of fields. In particular, periodical publications serve as important primary source materials through which to better grasp the complexities of this era of transformation.

Materials from the modern era pose a number of difficulties. The most significant reasons are that older materials are scattered sporadically throughout multiple regions and locations, which makes identifying them more challenging; additionally, many sources are written in mixed Chinese-Korean script, which means that even scholars with knowledge of Korean and Classical Chinese must invest significant time to read and understand the texts. Motivated by such challenges, the Bibliography project began with the goal of facilitating the research activities of Korean and East Asian studies scholars in English-speaking regions. It was expected that the bibliography would enable these scholars to more effectively use a vast archive of Korean-, Japanese-, and Chinese-language primary sources, and more easily identify holding institutions of those periodicals and magazines. 

Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea) is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

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