Why Korea?

18th September 1998 at 01:00
It is, after all, 6,000 miles away. Yet the space between us is shrinking all the time. We can now fly there in ten hours and communicate instantly by phone or computer. The emergence of a global marketplace has brought us even closer together - as the knock-on effects of Asia's recent financial misfortunes have shown.

Korea offers a rewarding case study for history and geography students: the chance to examine its place in Asia, for instance, situated between Japan and China; or its turbulent recent history, as a victim of colonial repression and the Cold War.

The varying fortunes of North and South Korea since the civil war offer a stark contrast. While the North has endured economic collapse, mass starvation and isolation from the international community, the South has forged ahead economically and transformed itself into a modern demo-cratic country.

This study guide offers teachers and students an in-depth look at Korea's past: its distinctive history, people, customs, culture and values.It also examines the effects of South Korea's economic crisis, its recent change of government and its prospects for the future.

The guide is intended to stimulate interest in Korea. It is the result of a unique collaboration between The TES, the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, Daewoo and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

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