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					Our Twisted Hero

   By Yi Mun-yol
• Family names in Korea
• Kim, Gim – 21.6%
• Lee, Yi, Rhee – 14.8%
• Park, Pak – 8.5%
• Choi – 4.7%
• Jung, Jeong, Chung, Cheong – 4.4%
    Yi Mun-yol

One of the most prolific and well-respected authors
in Korea today.

His father defected to North Korea and he has
lived under the shadows of this his whole life. (His
works are banned in the North.)

Writes short stories, novels, and political
and social commentary.

Currently, a visiting professor at Harvard.
                 70 miles

600 miles long
• 70% of Korea is made up of mountains
  and hills
• Located in the East Asia monsoon belt
  bringing torrential rains and cold air from
• Korea is over 4300 years old
• 1910-1945 Japan annexed Korea and
  began a cruel systematic destruction of
  Korean literature, customs, language,
  dress, etc.
• Public school teachers wore swords
• After the initial “Dark Period” Korean’s
  liked Woodrow Wilson’s philosophy –
• Korean’s stage demonstrations which only
  loosens Japan’s hold
• Modern Korea is born in the 1920-30’s
• Standardizing their language
• 1939 Japan invited Korean’s to adopt
  Japanese names – if not, no work, no
  school – 84% did
• Kimchi
• 25% of those killed in Hiroshima were Korean –
  Labor mobilization
• Japanese occupation ended with WWII
• Japanese forces above the 38 th parallel would
  surrender to Russia and below to the U.S – that
  begun the N and S Korea’s
• In 1947 UN called to unify Korea
• North Korea invaded South Korea and millions
  died setting up the long standing issues between
  the two countries today. (Korean War)
            Modern Korea
• Wants democracy but wants a social
  revolution fro change
• 1988 Olympics marked a turning point in
  economic growth
      Synthesizing cultures
• Modern house
• A good education is the most important
  means of gaining social respect and socio-
  economic success in Korea today.
• It is also highly valued for self
  improvement and self esteem.
• The government provides free education
• Traditional Farmhouse in rural area

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