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This paper aims to explore the way the representation of Korea is constructed and further changed over time in the Corpus of Historical American English (COHA). The methods include examining the top collocates of the words Korea and Korean in COHA. The analysis results show that Korea is strongly associated with a traumatic war for which the U.S. armies fought hard, as well as the division of the territory and an ideological conflict, whose identity is frequently constructed in the context of other Asian nations. Comparison of the frequent collocates of Korea/Korean with different appearances in the two time periods (1960s and 2000s) reveals the change of the representation of Korea. The image of Korea emerging from the first time period is of a country which just survived a tragic war and was trying to gain independence. In the second time period, however, much more attention is paid to North Korea, which is depicted to be a threat to the world, together with the so-called “axis-of-evil” states. In contrast, South Korea is perceived positively in terms of economy or education. The Korean peninsula proves to be a venue where the nations are grouped according to their relationships with the U.S.