Published in conjunction with The Asia Society's Festival of Korea, this expanded issue of Korea Briefing provides historical insight into Korea, with retrospective chapters on politics and economics, and illuminates Korea's cultural heritage through chapters on music, dance, and literature. In addition, the political and economic chapters treat events of the past year, outlining the challenges and possibilities facing Kim Young-sam, the newly elected South Korean president. Another chapter examines the implications for U.S. policy toward Korea of Bill Clinton's election to the U.S. presidency. A chapter by the editor describing the U.S. outlook toward Korea is balanced by a chapter on the changes in Korean perspectives on the United States since the Korean War. The Korean American community's struggles in the United States are explored in a chapter that addresses the aftereffects of the Los Angeles riots in the broader context of issues facing the Korean American community.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- South Korea's Politics Since Liberation -- The Transformation of the South Korean Economy -- U.S. Policy Toward South Korea -- Contemporary Literature in a Divided Land -- The Many Faces of Korean Dance -- Contemporary Korean Musical Cultures -- The Korean American Community -- Korean Perceptions of America -- American Attitudes Toward Korea -- Chronology