The period of Japanese colonial rule began on August 29, 1910 after Imperial Japan annexed the Great Korean Empire, and ended on August 15, 1945. For the Korean peninsula and its neighboring nations, the colonial era was one of turbulence and change. These changes did not remain limited to the realm of politics, but extended into a multitude of efforts to transform culture and society as well. As evidence of these efforts, one of the defining characteristics of the colonial era was the proliferation of modern print media across a number of fields. In particular, periodical publications serve as important primary source materials through which to better grasp the complexities of this era of transformation.
The Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea 1900-1945) provides comprehensive information on a total of 913 periodicals from the colonial period (1910-1945), pre-colonial period (1896-1910), and post-colonial period from liberation in 1945 to the establishment of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948. These publications originated not only in Korea and Japan, but also in regions of China, Russia, and the United States to which Koreans migrated, and which served as bases for the Korean independence movement. Subject matters include politics, economy, industry, society, literature, education, religion, women, children, medicine, science, friendship societies, etc. For each title, the Bibliography provides identifying information, regions of origin and distribution, bibliographic details of publication, and current holding and accessibility status in North America and Asia. Annotation and interpretation provided for each title supports expanded research on contemporaneous social and political issues as well as on literature and the arts.
- Total number of periodicals: 913
- Total number of periodicals according to country of origin:
- Korea : 672
- Japan: 102
- China: 111
- Russia: 7
- US: 10
- Korea, Japan: 8
- Korea, China : 1
- Unclassified: 2