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The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean WarThe Untold History$
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Monica Kim

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166223

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166223.001.0001

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The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War
Monica Kim
Princeton University Press

This chapter charts the infrastructure of intelligence created by the US military on the ground in southern Korea and positions this project within a larger story of Korea's position relative to the global shifts of sovereignty, recognition, and warfare through the twentieth century. Language is an especially pivotal realm for power in this chapter, as close readings of diplomatic memoranda and military government ordinances show how US agents and officials attempted to fashion and control a Korean subject suitable for their project of military occupation. But the Korean populace were neither passive readers nor silent listeners, and Korean political organizations distributed their own pamphlets and lined walls with posters. In front of the Koreans' undeniable demands and harvest uprisings, the United States Army Military Government in Korea depended on the Counterintelligence Corps to provide certainty and knowledge about the Korean individual subject.

Keywords:   intelligence, US military, language, military occupation, Korean War

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