The spring 2024 issue comprises four articles and one book review. The first article discusses the early interaction between the United States and Korea through American businesspeople during the turn of the twentieth century. The other three articles focus on the textual analysis of the Cold War narrative. These articles are concerned with questions involving human interaction, border crossing, state ideology, and transnational identity. Howard Kahm and Hanmee Na Kim explore businessmen Henry Collbran and Harry Bostwick, who were the most successful American nonstate actors conducting business in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Korea. These two historical figures paved the way to establish a relationship with the Great Han Empire to seek their business interests. By analyzing their activities during the Emperor Kojong period, the authors demonstrate how Collbran and Bostwick engaged with the Korean government in Western-style diplomacy by positioning themselves as nonstate actors and yet seeking business opportunities...

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