Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit / Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Frank England

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Grace Ji-Sun Kim is a bold and eloquent writer. In this book, two issues disturb her: colonialism and its legacy, and an eco-system in crisis. Writing from an affluent North-American context, Kim derides a life-style of consumerism, which once through deliberate empire-building exploited the developing world, and now continues to manipulate it through economic means. The prevailing capitalist system, which structures the global political economy, homogenizes our world. A resentment is present both within those who are the victims of these imposed forms of labour, production, consumption, and exchange, and also within a burdened environment. This is han, a person in pain, the earth-soul wounded. Liberation from han is equity, sufficiency, harmony and an eradication of the exploitation of persons and nature.


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Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/112-0-87

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