The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview


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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"Michael Breen illuminates through countless anecdotes and personal observations the weird and wonderful ways of Asia's most paradoxical, polarized country. Few Koreans, let alone foreigners, have a better understanding than Breen of how a people can be alternately warm and ruthless, shrewd and childlike, tolerant and pigheaded. This is a thoughtful, passionate, and enlightening look at the world's eleventh largest economy and one its oldest cultures; required reading for the neophyte and Korea hand alike." —Steve Glain, former Seoul correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

"Michael Breen gives readers an insight into the history and character of a complex people which helps us assess how they might deal with the current complex period in their development." —Catherine Lee, Seoul correspondent, The Economist

"For anyone who wants to know Korea and the Koreans better, this book is an excellent place to start. Michael Breen's achievement is to have gotten under Korea's skin. His portrait of Koreans is at once highly personal and convincingly recognizable. both engaged and engaging, this book comes as close as an outsider can get to an insider's account of contemporary Korea [and its] undoubted importance as a key player in the global economy of the twenty-first century." —Aidan Foster-Carter, Korea expert, Leeds University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466864498
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 622,982
  • File size: 456 KB

Meet the Author


Michael Breen is a writer and consultant who first went to Korea as a correspondent in 1982. He covered North and South Korea for several newspapers, including the Guardian (London), the Times (London), and the Washington Times. He was the president of the Seoul Correspondents Club for three years during South Korea's period of democratization and has traveled widely in North Korea. He is married with three children and spends six months of the year in Korea, and six months in the United Kingdom.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Society and Values 1
1 The Three Miracles 3
2 Image and Identity 15
3 Korean Heart 22
4 Shaman Under the Skin 41
5 The Generation Gap 56
Pt. 2 History 73
6 Ancient Tribes 75
7 China's Little Brother 86
8 The Broken People 103
9 Two Ways to be Korean 116
Pt. 3 Economy 131
10 The Spectacle of Growth 133
11 Conglomerates 143
12 Mismanaging 153
13 Foreign Business 162
14 Working and Consuming 173
Pt. 4 Politics 185
15 Breaking the Law 187
16 Dictators 196
17 Struggle for Democracy 206
18 Human Rights 222
19 The Korean Disease 233
20 Towards the Third Miracle 243
Notes 249
Selected Bibliography 264
Index 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Great Book...

    The book starts off by spouting insults and frustrations about Koreans from expats, and then trying to explain their odd behavior (Koreans). It doesn't go deep enough into the Korean psyche(especially the new generations). I wish it covered the new generation more. The new generation is so very different from the old. This is going to have a huge impact on the country's future. BUT despite this I found the rest of the book very enlightening and easy to read.

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