The Impossible Country

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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Daniel Tudor is a journalist who has lived in and written about Korea for almost a decade. 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.
Publisher: Tokyo ; Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle Publishing, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780804842525
Branch Call Number: 951.9 TUDOR
Characteristics: 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm


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Nov 08, 2017

As a book about a small but very important country today, it covers almost everything one could want to know about Korea except the North. The author evidently speaks Korean and understands the deeper nature of the culture. I could do without as much detail about contemporary South Korean, that is, music and entertainment, and more about the political environment, especially about North Korea, which is as we know today is a locked-up, dictatorial country, but may start a nuclear conflict affecting the world.
The author explains the rapid changes that have happened on the peninsula in the 20th century to present, the many positive and negative consequence as well, with more anticipated as the South becomes more Westernized and continues its quest for excellence.
That said, I doubt that there are many details about the history from legendary founding some 5,000 years ago up to 2010. If you are planning to visit South Korea, I would highly recommend that you read this book first.


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