By Toshiyuki Kajiyama, Yoshiko Kurata Dykstra
Even though little recognized within the West, Kajiyama Toshiyuki used to be one among Japan's such a lot prolific and well known writers. Celebrated for his crisp, fast paced variety and incisive research, Kajiyama's attractiveness will be attributed to his finely tuned experience of what many jap felt yet couldn't articulate: the sensation of irreplaceable loss that lay underneath post-World struggle II Japan's hugely winning monetary restoration. The son of a civil engineer, Kajiyama was once born in Seoul in 1930 and remained there till his family members was once repatriated to Japan on the finish of the warfare. The extended family documents: 5 tales of Korea not just deals a sampling of Kajiyama's paintings in English for the 1st time but in addition represents the 1st English translations from the japanese that care for Korea below Japan's harsh army rule, which lasted from 1910 to 1945. Kajiyama meant those stories to be one of many elements of his "life-work," a trilogy that remained unfinished on the time of his demise in 1975. Kajiyama had defined a travel de strength that was once to have concerned with 3 interlocking landscapes - Korea, where of his delivery and adolescence; Hawai'i, his mother's birthplace and the atmosphere for the japanese immigration adventure; and Hiroshima, his father's birthplace and the positioning of the atomic bombing. The extended family files contains 5 of Kajiyama's Korea stories, between them the identify tale "Richo zan'ei," winner of the distinguished Naoki Prize and the root of a hugely acclaimed motion picture made in Korea in 1967. Laced with neighborhood expression and actual descriptions of Korean tradition, Kajiyama's narratives infuse his Korean protagonists with dignity and braveness. They depict delicate topics in an strangely refined and emphatic demeanour with out being too patronizing. In those tales, too, Kajiyama shunned the temptation to melt the customarily brutal results of the inhumanity of the japanese career.
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When she sees his nose bleeding she’ll moan and faint. ” Suddenly I was dizzy. Things went black and I almost fell. I broke out in a cold sweat. Lightning flashed in my head, rainbow circles throbbed at my temples, my stomach contracted and bile rose in my throat. I managed to say, “I will return tomorrow,” and headed for the door. The military policeman escorted me outside to a stream of sadistic boasting. His skin was dark, and he had that repugnant odor peculiar to soldiers. “Tomorrow Sôl Chin-yông is coming CLAN2 Page 34 Wednesday, October 3, 2001 4:35 PM 34 The Clan Records too.
Yes, I do. He is very pro-Japanese. ” “Yes, something is wrong. ” “That can’t be true. I know that his papers have been filed. ” “Do you really think that is a proper change? ” Then I remembered the greed on the face of the district chief clerk as he repeatedly said, “Sôl Chin-yông is the richest landowner around here. They say he can go from Pyôngjôm to Suwôn without leaving his own land. He owns so much land . ” Why didn’t I realize that he was hinting at a bribe? Maybe I should have alerted the Sôl family.
The sky was clear and blue and empty. The wind across the frozen fields shook the poplars. “My father is obstinate, Mr. Tani. ” She saw my black expression and apologized, but she added that her father was right. ” Again I tried to explain that refusing to change their name would hurt their family. The governorgeneral was trying to transform the Koreans into Japanese by changing their names. In actuality the intent was to destroy the strong nationalism of the Korean people. That meant destroying their clan records.
The Clan Records: Five Stories of Korea by Toshiyuki Kajiyama, Yoshiko Kurata Dykstra