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...d a threat even though it is hypocritical to believe that when Japan had a mass campaign to mobilize the Korean people in serving in the army and proving their loyalty to the country. It also shows that even when Japan attempted to unify the people together it was based on pretense because it was sort of propaganda for the Koreans to believe they are considered Japanese and are equal to the Japanese, in order for them to be used as cheap human labor for the war.
Hong Ulsu and Kang Pyongju although are part of the same class and have a similar generational background, their characterization are different through their relationships with people in the education field, business field, and security field where Ulsu has a more positive memory of the Japanese people who were kind to him while Pyongju did not have that experienced and had encountered racism and hardship.
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