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'Koreahas never been forgotten in Korean American literature. One persistent theme dealt with by Korean American writers is the preoccupation with 'nation.' Korean American literature revolves around a web of collective trauma of guilt and shame due to the double impact of Japan's colonization of Korea and racial discrimination of the West. The Korean-American self as a collective shows the trace of the trauma of allowing their nation to be colonized and raped.Korea as a nation has produced a lot of drifting, ban-ridden spirits in a colonialized history. Conquered nature / nation / body in the matrix of human ecology is where struggles based on race, social strata and power structure were held. Korean American literature takes a farm of the ritual f3r the denied, forgotten and the misrepresented to regain their long negated Names,in a continuum through the return of the denied history and reassertion of social memory. This third space is an indistinct territory with gothic, oral, mythical, surreal, and grotesque qualities and is also decenteralized and deterritoralized. This paper explores the third space where the holocaust experience exists in a matrix of possession, haunting, and exorcism within the continuum of the living and the dead.Korean postcolonial national aesthetics are made of this uniquely Korean-American third space composed of a collectively remembered stories, folk songs, and legends. This paper reads Korean American literature as both a continuum ritual of the nation thematically and a communal text aesthetical1y, based on a collective memory of the nation where the living and the dead, the past and the present are intertwined.