Korea and Globalization

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Overview

Korea faces two challenges in the twenty-first century: unification and globalization. Both entail problems of economic, political and cultural integration. In the past, Koreans successfully 'unified' in various forms, and 'globalized' in many ways. This book is a study of the theme of globalization, addressing various aspects of Korea's integration into the global community from a social scientific or humanistic perspective. This investigation begins with a focus on contemporary South and North Korea: the 'globalized' southern daily life, South Korean labour as a global player, the southern development state, and the cultural division that poses the greatest threat to reunification.
Moving outwards in concentric circles, chapters address Korea's connections with its region and Koreans' contributions to the wider world. Relations with Japan, Korea's most difficult bi-lateral relationship, are surveyed to identify both patterns and images. The thirteenth century Tripitaka Koreana is the most complete collection of Buddhist scripture in Chinese and its recent digitization points towards a renaissance of this world religion. South Korea's pursuit of a Nobel Prize in Literature is put in perspective when one considers Korean contribution to the pre- modern Sinitic literary world. South Korea may owe its existence to the United Nations, but since entering the UN in 1991, it has taken to heart the altruistic urge of global peacekeeping.
The collection presents scholars from 4 continents, and precludes the dominance of any particular regional perspective or narrow national concern. Most of the contributors are little known in English but are prominent in their respective countries. The collection is multi-disciplinary. It seeks to explain Korea in holistic terms, as a people with history, culture, politics and economic concerns in the contemporary world. It should appeal to anyone who is interested in contemporary East Asia and Korea in particular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700715121
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Globalization and Recent Changes to Daily Life in the Republic of Korea 10
2 Labor, Capital, and the Globalization of the Korean Economy 36
3 From Insularity to segyehwa: The Political Economy of Globalization in Korea 61
4 Commonalities and Differences between the Cultures of North and South Korea and the Unification of the Peninsula 79
5 The Japan That Does Not Exist and The Ugly Korean: An Essay on the History of Korean-Japanese Relations and their Contemporary Images of Each Other 102
6 The Tripitaka Koreana: Its Computerization and Significance for the Cultural Sciences in a Modern Globalized World 154
7 The Re-globalization of Korean Literature 182
8 In the Global Arena: Korea, the United Nations, and Peace-keeping Operations 197
Contributors 231
Index 235
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