Wrongful Deaths: New Book by Prof. Sun Joo Kim

January 6, 2014

From University of Washington Press:

Wrongful Deaths

Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea

Compiled and translated by

Sun Joo Kim and Jungwon Kim 


This collection presents and analyzes inquest records that tell the stories of ordinary Korean people under the Choson court (1392-1910). Extending the study of this period, usually limited to elites, into the realm of everyday life, each inquest record includes a detailed postmortem examination and features testimony from everyone directly or indirectly related to the incident. The result is an amazingly vivid, colloquial account of the vibrant, multifaceted societal and legal cultures of early modern Korea.