Koreans Reading Outline

Koreans Reading Outline - The Koreans: Who They Are, What...

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The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies Preface: Dramatic, Passionate people, survived so many 20th century issues— “thrashed around with colonialism, communism, political violence, war, industrial development, democracy, human rights”. They are true survivors, “learned to roll up into a ball and let themselves be kicked in order to survive.” Mid size country/same as Britain: 70 million, but feel small— Korea has a combined population of 70 million, same size as Britain, but they feel small in comparison to the neighbors around them and their power: Giant Neighbors: China, Japan, Russia, and America— Koreas powerful neighbors, who have severely mistreated and bullied Korea due to its having less power. Rose out of poverty--from dictatorship to democratic capitalism— “Ancient and complex people” who have survived much and have become “inspirational.” One of the world’s oldest nations--668 AD— Their history is a very old one, and records even stretch back to almost 2000 years before that 668 AD. First to use metal movable type for printing books— Several achievements include book printing, “a civilizing influence on Japan”, beautiful ceramic art, etc. Modest about achievements— Despite their achievements, they are not boastful Want to forget past/bitter history, move to future— They would rather focus on the present and future, what lies ahead is hopeful and the past is painful. World’s 11th largest economy— They have created much and risen from devastation, “becoming democrats, without having taken any advice.” North: food shortages/South: recovering financial system— At the time the book was written this was the state of things. The author, Michael Breen, believed the South would overcome their problems and the North would need help. Admiring the Koreans, the author felt that their “vigour” would “probably propel them even more to the global centre stage in the next generation.”
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Part One: Society and Values Chapter One: The Three Miracles Contradictions and obstacles to understanding/forthright and obscure/communication failures. Ex: business--fear bad news will reflect poorly— Many foreign journalists find Korea to be confusing and its people very complex. “Forthright and obscure at the same time.” Difficult to read their emotions and intentions. Foreigners feel closed off from them. In business, bad news or negative information may be withheld for fear of blame or “ammunition against them.” Misleading local media--speculation/distortion/melodrama. Ex: US in 1990’s war imminent— The media is often based speculation and government intentions are often reported as facts, which can be misleading. People engage in much melodrama and posturing—which is confusing for foreign journalists. An example of such misunderstandings is in the 1990s, when North Korea rufused to permit internarional inspection of their nuclear power sites,
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