Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Korea Research Monograph 27
2001. 262 pp.
The first issue this collection grapples with is the common perception that Korean folk music is purely simple, unrestrained, fast, and emotional. . . . The second and perhaps more contentions issue that will be faced is the even more pervasive argument that 'folk' must be linked to the past. . . . Underlying the various approaches and subject matter of the several chapters . . . are common themes. . . . All the authors make connections with, or draw parallels to, folk traditions . . . ; all deal with creativity, change, and the place of professionalism; and a large number of the authors examine the role and aftereffects of preservation and the cultural asset system.