Mun Pilgi

Joshua D Pilzer

in Hearts of Pine

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199759569
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932306 | DOI:
Mun Pilgi

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The author investigates the life and songs of Mun Pilgi, a survivor of the “comfort woman” system who lives in Seoul and later in the House of Sharing. Mun Pilgi sang canonical pop songs, which she learned from records and radio as she reached out to participate in a society and a public culture that had ostracized her. She set these songs and their society against her traumatic memories and nightmares. And as she adopted and modified songs, she modified those memories. In her treasured pop ballads, she discovered and sustained an ideal love and the innocence to sustain it; this character which she developed in song exerted a marked influence on the political movement, in which she was an ardent participant.

Keywords: teuroteu (Korean pop); love songs; ideals; traumatic experience; cultural intimacy; korean music; outsiders; belonging; vocalization

Chapter.  15702 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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