Pak Duri

Joshua D Pilzer

in Hearts of Pine

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199759569
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932306 | DOI:
Pak Duri

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The author investigates the life and songs of Pak Duri, a survivor of the “comfort woman” system living at the House of Sharing. Pak Duri composed, pastiched and sang ribald songs drawn from across Korean folk culture. In so doing she retrieved her own identity and sexuality from a life-long experience of sexual domination and suffering at the hands of men, and she contemplated the nature of female-relations, love, the body, and mortality. She brought the eloquence and the understandings that she cultivated in song and storytelling to bear as a keen participant in the political movement, while from publicizing the songs themselves and certain aspects of the self they sustained.

Keywords: sexuality; folk song; composition; korean music; ‘comfort women,’ women’s song cultures; shamanism; buddhism; taboos; cultural intimacy; testimony; documentary film; evanescence

Chapter.  15421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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