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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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Above the 38th Parallel

Above the 38th Parallel

The US Citizen–POW

(p.303) 7 Above the 38th Parallel
The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War
Monica Kim
Princeton University Press

This chapter looks into the POW camps and interrogation rooms created by the Chinese and North Korean militaries. From inside the interrogation room, the story of decolonization on the Korean peninsula in the mid-twentieth century did not stop at the question of liberation for the Korean people. The chapter asks what decolonization meant for American prisoners of war. Under the specter of “Oriental” brainwashing, the American prisoner of war became a cipher for American unease about how the fast-moving backdrop of capitalism, the Cold War, and a decolonizing globe was challenging the seemingly assured coherence of the American individual self.

Keywords:   American prisoners of war, POW camps, interrogation rooms, decolonization, brainwashing, Korean War

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