Organized Panel Session
Modern Korean housing has been greatly shaped by foreign contacts, but alien homes have rarely taken root in Korea as complete housing packages. Some elements of such housing were welcomed, while others were not. In modern Korea, although various building materials, technologies, and new spaces have been introduced, the Korean people have considered some of the foreign components unacceptable. Despite the historical significance of this rejection, scholars have paid little attention to these unaccepted foreign components in the history of Korean housing. Papers in this panel discuss foreign building materials, technologies, and spaces that have flowed into Korea at a particular historical moment but have not been settled on Korean soil, such as the Russian Pechka, European porch and corridor, and red brick house. The panel specifically addresses the following questions: What historical and political circumstances brought particular foreign housing elements into Korea? Why did the elements fail to settle in? What do the process and consequences of the exclusion mean with respect to the Korean housing history? The papers cover not only the Korean Peninsula but also neighboring countries such as China, Japan, and Russia. Methodologically, this panel seeks interdisciplinary approaches that address the social, political, and cultural exchanges between Korea and East Asian countries. Covering architectural elements imported at different times, the presenters argue that the process of introduction, temporary acceptance, and rejection of unwanted foreign housing elements has made an important contribution to Korean homes by drawing clear lines between what is acceptable and what is not.