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This chapter looks at the production and performance of the Japanese-language theatrical adaptation of the iconic The Tale of Ch’unhyang (春香傳). This chapter details the complex process of translation and adaptation that led to the play’s performance, locating the play in the contemporary context of the exoticizing “Korea Boom” in metropolitan Japan and continuing association of this work with “traditional” Korean culture. The exoticizing commodification of the Korea Boom and the equation of national authenticity with the traditional both partake of nostalgia. The former turns upon the metropolitan desire to subsume even the precolonial past; the latter invokes a space...

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