The three Koreas
The three Koreas by Patrick Maurus, professor emeritus of Korean language and literature at INALCO.
The conference aims to take stock of the complex history that has dispersed the Korean people into three geographically contiguous entities, not to mention the diasporas. Dating from 1945 and frozen in 1953 following a terrible civil war, the division between North Korea and South Korea has made these two countries countries in their own right.
Chinese Korea, although not a state, has developed in an autonomous district of the People's Republic of China and scattered throughout Manchuria. Possessing distinctive characteristics, it can not be ignored. Hence the title of this conference highlighting the existence of three Koreas.