On Making Things Korean: Western Drama and Local Tradition in Yi Man-hûi’s Please Turn Out the Lights
It has become commonplace to assert that Western forms and themes have massively invaded non-Western values and worldviews. Surprisingly often in postcolonial as well as colonial criticism, the West is portrayed as the perpetrator, while the non-Western population is cast as the victim, once subjugated by Western political imperialism and now dominated by a subtle yet equally destructive cultural imperialism. It is not uncommon to hear postcolonial scholars voicing fear that Western hegemony will eventually obliterate indigenous cultural identities and their will to power.1 From this perspective, the hegemony of the West is so extensive that it jeopardizes the very existence of non-Western cultures.
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