Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future LiesBook - 2004
The rise of South Korea is one of the most unexpected and inspirational developments of the latter part of our century. A few decades ago, the Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation they came out of the fields and into Silicon Valley. In 1997, this powerhouse of a nation reeled and almost collapsed as a result of a weak financial system and heavily indebted conglomerates. The world is now watching to see whether the Koreans will be able to reform and continue their stunning growth.
Although Korea has only recently found itself a part of the global stage, it is a country with a rich and complex past. Early history shows that Koreans had a huge influence on ancient Japan, and their historic achievements include being the first culture to use metal movable type for printing books. However, much of their history is less positive; it is marred with political violence, poverty, and war--aspects that would sooner be forgotten by the Koreans, who are trying to focus on their promising future.
The fact that Korean history has eluded much of the world is unfortunate, but as Korea becomes more of a global player, understanding and appreciation for this unique nation has become indispensable.
In The Koreans, Michael Breen provides an in-depth portrait of the country and its people. An early overview of the nature and values of the Korean people provides the background for a more detailed examination of the complex history of the country, in particular its division into the Communist north and pro-Western south.
In this absorbing and enlightening account of the Koreans, Michael Breen provides compelling insight into the history and character of this fascinating nation.
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Korea? That’s the place that has a communist North and a democratic south, like America, right? Oh, and K-pop, K-drama, and some awesome cosmetics come from there! Well, North and South Korea are not quite that, as author and journalist Michael Breen shows in this book.
THE KOREANS gives much needed insight into Korea and its people as they become an increasingly important country on the global stage…and as exposure to them is brought to other countries, known as the Korean Wave. Michael gives two decades first hand experience living in and reporting in Korea as well as solid research into the details beyond that experience. The book is broken down into four parts. Each part covers important facets That make up a country, its people and culture.
The book gives an unbiased and understanding illustration of the Koreans. A people who have retained their identity and language through multiple invasions and harsh treatment, as well as (for South Korea) emerged with an economic miracle.
I will note that this book covers Korea up until it’s most recent economic crisis in the 1990s. This book was published at that time. However, Michael Breen has published a new book in 2017 covering, what sounds like, similar if no the same information and more which includes Korea today after its economic crisis in the 1990s. That book is called THE NEW KOREANS.
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