Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 20, Issue 1, 2023

Narratives of Sustainability in the Anthropocene

Soon-Ok MyongOrcid-ID
Pages 137-148

Collective memory of the Korean independence fighter Beom-do Hong in Soviet Korean Literature

The study reveals the political and ideological journey of Beom-do Hong, a Korean independence fighter and general as reflected in the historical novel of Soviet Korean writer Kim Se-il. Due to to the lack of historical records on Beom-do Hong, stories on his deeds before and after the Japan's annexation of Korea remained at the level of legends. In Korean society, his figure is seen within opposing positions and discourses; to some he is a national hero; to others a communist collaborator. This investigation of the historical novel as a medium for the transmission of shared memories based on the protagonist's battle diary and the recollections of his comrades will fill the gap in the historical memory and contribute to alleviating social political conflicts. Memorial heritage is closely linked to the intangible aspects of heritage, which is an essential driver of development.