Korea: the Impossible Country

ISBN-10: 0804842523
ISBN-13: 9780804842525
Edition: 2012
Authors: Daniel Tudor
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 11/10/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Long overshadowed by Japan and China, South Korea is a small country that happens to be one of the great national success stories of the postwar period. From a failed state with no democratic tradition, ruined and partitioned by war, and sapped by a half-century of colonial rule, South Korea transformed itself in just fifty years into an economic powerhouse and a democracy that serves as a model for other countries. With no natural resources and a tradition of authoritarian rule, Korea managed to accomplish a second Asian miracle.Daniel Tudor is a journalist who has lived in and written about Korea for almost a decade. InKorea: The Impossible Country, Tudor examines Korea's cultural foundations; the Korean character; the public sphere in politics, business, and the workplace as well as the family, dating, and marriage. In doing so, he touches on topics as diverse as shamanism, clan-ism, the dilemma posed by North Korea, the myths about doing business in Korea, the Koreans' renowned hard-partying ethos, and why the infatuation with learning English is now causing huge social problems.South Korea has undergone two miracles at once: economic development and complete democratization. The question now is, will it become as some see Japan, a rich yet aging society, devoid of energy and momentum? Or will the dynamism of Korean society and its willingness to change—as well as the opportunity it has now to welcome outsiders into its fold—enable it to experience a third miracle that will propel it into the ranks of the world's leading nations in terms of human culture, democracy, and wealth?

Acknowledgments, Caveats, and a Note on Names
Introduction
A Brief History of Korea
Foundations
Shamanism and the Spirit World
Buddhism
Confucianism
Christianity
Capitalism with a Korean Face
Democracy: Beyond Asian Values
Cultural Codes
Jeong-The "Invisible Hug"
Competition
Chemyon, or Face
Han and Heung
From Clan to Nuclear Family
Neophilia
Hyun-Shil: Cold Reality
North Korea: Friend, Foe, or Foreigner?
Politics and the Media
Onward, Industrial Soldiers
"More Important than the Business Itself"
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Perfect
English Mania
In The Hours Not Spent Working
Living Space: From Hanok to Apartment Houses and Back Again
Four Seasons at the Dinner Table
Cinema: Boom, Bust, and Brilliance
More Than K-Pop
Work All Day, Stay Out All Night
More of "Us," Less of "Them"
Defensive Nationalism
Multicultural Korea?
"Its Our Turn"
"We Are Not Aliens, From Another Cosmos"
A Woman's Place Is in the Office
Epilogue: Where Is the Champagne?
Index

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