By Toshiyuki Kajiyama, Yoshiko Kurata Dykstra
Even if little identified within the West, Kajiyama Toshiyuki was once considered one of Japan's so much prolific and renowned writers. Celebrated for his crisp, fast paced variety and incisive research, Kajiyama's acceptance can be attributed to his finely tuned experience of what many eastern felt yet couldn't articulate: the sensation of irreplaceable loss that lay underneath post-World conflict II Japan's hugely profitable financial restoration. The son of a civil engineer, Kajiyama used to be born in Seoul in 1930 and remained there until eventually his kinfolk was once repatriated to Japan on the finish of the battle. The extended family documents: 5 tales of Korea not just deals a sampling of Kajiyama's paintings in English for the 1st time but additionally represents the 1st English translations from the japanese that take care of Korea lower than 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 dying in 1975. Kajiyama had defined a travel de strength that was once to have interested by 3 interlocking landscapes - Korea, where of his delivery and formative years; Hawai'i, his mother's birthplace and the environment for the japanese immigration event; and Hiroshima, his father's birthplace and the positioning of the atomic bombing. The extended family documents comprises 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 matters in an surprisingly refined and emphatic demeanour with out being too patronizing. In those tales, too, Kajiyama refrained from the temptation to melt the usually brutal outcomes of the inhumanity of the japanese career.
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You really stick up for him, don’t you? At a time like this, no one should be concerned about such things as family records. You must force him. ” “Don’t speak disrespectfully. I don’t want to send you to the military police for this. The Yi family are the royal family. Sôl Chin-yông is a mere commoner. If he is so pro-Japanese he should be happy to create a new clan record with his generation. Make him change his name. Do you understand, Mr. ” I bowed angrily. “Wait. ” His voice was harsh. He pushed a paper in front of me.
Why did you associate it with a cow? ” My unexpected association surprised even me, but thanks to that answer the very cause of the impulse that made me hit Hisatake finally became clear—it was a cow! In fact, the cow. Toward the end of the war all the students at my high school were drafted into the labor service and assigned to work at the S Glider Factory at the foot of a mountain about two and a half miles from the Noryangjin Station in a suburb of Seoul. The factory, which had been built in the early spring and identified by an overlarge signboard stating “Commissioned by the Ministry of the Army,” was a shabby plant with rows of poorly assembled sheds set in a wide lot.
I truly understand how you feel about your lineage. But Mr. Sôl, I am only a worker in a government office. I can’t help you; neither do I intend to force you. ” I felt tongue-tied, threatened by the chief’s livid face and grim edict. “Is that so . . ” “I explained your special circumstances to my superior. But all of your neighbors have imitated you, Mr. ” He remained silent. Wiping the perspiration from my forehead, I asked him not to complicate matters any further. I wanted him to survive this ordeal with as little pain as possible, yet I could not bring myself to suggest that he bribe my chief.