The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation

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Macmillan, Apr 4, 2017 - History - 384 pages

Just a few decades ago, the South Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation they moved from the fields to Silicon Valley. They accomplished this through three totally unexpected miracles: economic development, democratization, and the arrival of their culture to global attention.

Who are the Koreans? What are they like? The New Koreans examines how they have been perceived by outsiders, the features that color their “national character,” and how their emergence from backwardness, poverty, and brutality happened. It also looks at why they remain unhappy—with the lowest birth rates and highest suicide rates in the developed world.

In The New Koreans, Michael Breen provides compelling insight into the history and character of this fascinating nation of South Korea, and casts an eye to future developments, as well as across the DMZ into North Korea.

 

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Journalist Breen (Kim Jong-il: North Korea’s Dear Leader) illuminates the nature of the South Korean economic miracle that took this nation from postwar ruin to prosperity, Gangnam style, in less than ... Read full review

Contents

The Broken Ship
3
The Defiant Land
19
The Case for Hanguk
36
The Group as Refuge
52
ROOTS
56
ix
98
Beginnings
115
The Quest for Purity
128
Power Shift
285
The First Democratic Presidents
306
Dissidents in Charge
319
Two Steps Back
329
NEXT
330
The Miracle of Affirmation
339
For Wider Acceptance
352
A Wealthier Future
363

Being Second Class
148
Brothers No More
171
WEALTH
193
Desperation
195
Economic Warriors
201
The Smell of Money
213
The Chaebol Problem
223
Work Work Work
241
POWER
246
19
263
The Future of Democracy
379
Time to Unify?
391
Acknowledgments
395
Notes
397
36
401
88
407
Bibliography
431
Index
445
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About the author (2017)

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 (UK), the Times (UK), and the Washington Times. He lives in Seoul.

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