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Colonial Industrialization and Labor in Korea

Colonial Industrialization and Labor in Korea

The Onoda Cement Factory

Soon-Won Park

ISBN 9780674142404

Publication date: 08/31/1999

This book is a study of labor relations and the first generation of skilled workers in colonial Korea, a subject crucial to the understanding of modernization in twentieth-century Korea. Born in rural Korea, these workers confronted both the colonial experience and the modern workplace as they interacted with Japanese managers and workers. Based on the archives of the Onoda Cement Factory and interviews with surviving workers, this work analyzes the complex relationship between colonialism and modernization.


  • Soon Won Park is a lecturer in Korean studies at Keio University in Tokyo.

Book Details

  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Asia Center