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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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Below the 38th Parallel

Below the 38th Parallel

Between Barbed Wire and Blood

(p.211) 5 Below the 38th Parallel
The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War
Monica Kim
Princeton University Press

The relationship between Korean youth groups and the US Counterintelligence Corps spans the occupation years and the Korean War. The practices of interrogation spanned tattooing, list-making, essay-writing, and the blood petition. Tracing the development of these interrogation practices also is tracking the development of an intimate structural relationship between the Korean youth groups and US counterintelligence. This chapter begins during the US occupation period as the mobilization of Korean youth groups become key to the rightist regime and US counterintelligence network coming into formation on the peninsula. It then considers a network of US- and UN-run POW camps on the peninsula in order to examine the interrogation practices developed by the anti-Communist South Korean paramilitary youth groups inside the camps.

Keywords:   US occupation, Korean youth, rightists, POW camp, prisoner of war, interrogation, Korean War, US Counterintelligence Corps

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