....LMB: "Korean Primer"....

January 01, 2003

Generally, my scholarship on world affairs has focused on areas in which the United States has been involved in covert or overt military campaigns since the 1950s. That means that I'm pretty well informed about North America, South America, and parts of the Middle East, but pretty poorly informed about Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia. My ignorance on that last region is going to make analysis of the current "crisis" in North Korea a bit of a chore.

So I'm glad that I ran across this: A Korean Primer, an entry on the Agonist weblog. It seems to be a fairly objective look at the major players involved in Korean politics, what they want, and what they fear.

I'll try to better educate myself on the subject, and in the meantime, continue to post links about it by people who seem to know more than I do.

Posted by Jake at 02:18 PM

My mother is from South Korea, but it's hard to get an objective answer from her. North Korea is a reclusive nation and it's hard to get anything concrete on that country. I do know that there is a great deal of oppression and widespread poverty and suffering in North Korea, but if it doesn't impact U.S. interests, you won't hear about it over here. Given recent events, I assume we'll be hearing how evil North Korea is. In fact, Nightline ran something on North Korea last week. Let the East Asian Wing of the Propaganda Machine begin its work.

China seems to be in a bit of a diplomatic pickle, with the economic ties to the U.S. et al and alliance with North Korea.

Posted by: Eric at January 7, 2003 09:15 AM

When I was three years old, I went to South Korea with my mother. We went with some relatives to a place located about 20 miles from the North Korean border. Even at that young age, I could feel the tension from everyone there, being so close to this mysterious North Korean regime. That's one thing that I can remember. That and being packed like a sardine in my mom's backpack on a crowded bus in Seoul.

Posted by: Eric at January 7, 2003 09:27 AM

You Stupid korean fool.F U

Posted by: at January 12, 2004 09:15 AM

You Stupid korean fool

Posted by: at January 12, 2004 09:15 AM
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