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유대감 (Fellowship): Images of American Efforts to Modernize Korea

Traditional Individuals

Traditionally, Koreans have loved the color white. They often wore white clothes and were sometimes called the 백의민족 baek yi minjok (Race of White Cloth). Koreans’ passion for the color white could be explained by their respect for the heavens and fascination with purity and peace. In terms of politics and culture of the time, the peninsula was occupied by Japanese from 1910 and it was beginning to see influence from Western culture. These changing times led to anxiety and confusion among Korean individuals.