(see also Korean War, North Korea & Korean-American History, Life & Values)
CIA World Factbook. Includes map.
In Korea, a Quiet US Weapons Buildup. Robert Marquand, Christian Science Monitor (7/1/03).
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Buruma, Ian. "The madman strategy: are we prepared for another Korean War?" New Yorker (10/20/97):82-4.
__________. "Asia world," NY Review of Books (6/12/03):54-57. Reflections on theme parks & authoritarianism in contemporary East Asia.
Coday, Dennis. "US angers Koreans as reunification stalls," National Catholic Reporter (2/28/03).
Cooper, Marc. "Stone walled" New Statesman & Society
(6/8/90):18-21. Pro-democracy movement in South Korea.
Cumings, Bruce. "Abortive abertura: South Korea in the light of Latin American experience," New Left Review 173 (1989):5-32.
__________. "Spring thaw for Korea's cold war?" Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 43,3 (4/92):14-24.
__________. "Time to end the Korean War," Atlantic (2/97):71-79.
Faiola, Anthony. "South Korea warming up to the North," San Jose Mercury News (9/9/03):18A. North Korean cheerleading squad a big hit in South!
Foster-Carter, Aidan. "Korea & dependency theory," Monthly Review 37,5 (10/85):27-34.
Hart-Landsberg, Martin. "South Korea: the fraudulent miracle," Monthly Review 39,7 (12/87):27-40.
__________. "South Korea: looking at the left," Monthly Review 41,3 (7-9/89):56-70.
__________. "Learning from South Korea," Monthly Review 40 (9/90):54-60. The "miracle" was not the result of free-market economics.
Hong, S.Y. "Thawing Korea's cold war: the path to peace on the Korean peninsula," Foreign Affairs 783 (5-6/99):8-12.
Kim, Kevin Y. “A new deal for Asia: under Roh, South Korea’s democracy deepens,” In These Times (5/26/03):21-22.
Kim, S.G. "The Shinto shrine issue in Korean Christianity under Japanese colonialism: nationalistic ideology during WW II (1931-1945)," Journal of Church & State 39,3 (sum 97):503-21.
Lie, John. "The discriminated fingers: the Korean minority in Japan," Monthly Review 38,3 (1/87):17-23.
__________. "Democratization & its discontents: origins of the present crisis in South Korea," Monthly Review 42,9 (2/91):38-52.
Sarantakes, N.E. "The quiet war: combat operations along the Korean Demilitarized Zone, 1966-69," Journal of Military History 64,2 (3/00):439-57.
Schirmer, Daniel B. "Korea & the Philippines: a century of US intervention," Monthly Review 43,1 (5/91):19-32.
Shorrock, Tim. "Debacle in Kwangju," Nation (12/9/96):19-22. Did Washington appear to give green light for 1980 massacre?
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Amsden, Alice H. Asia's Next Giant: South Korea & Late Industrialization (NY: Oxford, 1989).
Armstrong, Charles K. Korean Society. Civil Society, Democracy & the State (NY: Routledge, 2002).
Boettcher, Robert with Gordon L. Freedman. Gifts of Deceit: Sun Myung Moon, Tongsun Park, & the Korean Scandal (NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1980).
Buzo, Adrian. The Making of Modern Korea. A History (NY: Routledge, 2002).
Choi, Jang Jip. Labor & the Authoritarian Sate: Labor Unions in South Korean Manufacturing Industries (Honolulu: U. of Hawai'i, 1990).
Chung, Jae-Yong & Richard J. Kirkby. The Political Economy of Development & Environment in Korea (NY: Routledge, 2001).
Clark, Donald N. (ed.) The Kwangju Uprising: Shadows Over the Regime in South Korea (Boulder: Westview, 1988).
Conroy, Hilary. The Japanese Seizure of Korea, 1868-1910 (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania, 1960).
Cumings, Bruce. The Origins of the Korean War (2 vols.; Princeton: Princeton, 1983 & 1990). Thoroughly researched, myth-shattering history.
__________ (ed.) Child of Conflict: The Korean-American Relationship, 1943-1953 (Seattle: U. of Washington, 1983).
__________. The Two Koreas: The Road to Reunification?  (NY: Foreign Policy Association, 1991).
__________. Divided Korea: United Future? (Ithaca NY: Foreign Policy Association, 1995).
__________. Koreas Place in the Sun: A Modern History (NY: Norton, 1997). Excellent starting-place for understanding history & society in the 20th C.
__________. Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century (Durham NC, 1999).
Deuchler, Martina. The Confucian Transformation of Korea: A Study of Society & Ideology (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1992).
Duus, Peter. The Abacus & the Sword: The Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1895-1910 (Berkeley: U. of California, 1995).
Eckert, Carter J. Offspring of Empire: The Koch'ang Kims & the Origins of Korean Capitalism (Seattle: U. of Washington, 1991).
__________; Ki-Baik Lee, Young Ick Lew, Michael Robinson & Edward W. Wagner. Korea Old & New: A History (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1990).
Gragert, Edwin H. Landownership under Colonial Rule: Korea's Japanese Experience, 1900-1935 (Honolulu: U. of Hawai'i, 1994).
Hamm, Taik-Young. Arming the Two Koreas: State, Capital & Military
Power (NY: Routledge, 1999).
Hart-Landsberg, Martin. The Rush to Development: Economic Change & Political Struggle in South Korea (NY: Monthly Review, 199?).
__________. Korea: Division, Reunification, & U.S. Foreign Policy (NY: Monthly Review, 199?).
Harrison, Selig S. Korea Endgame: A Strategy for Reunification & US Disengagement (Princeton: Princeton, 2002).
Henderson, Gregory. Korea: The Politics of the Vortex (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1968).
Hicks, George. The Comfort Women: Japan's Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War (NY: W.W. Norton, 1995).
Hwang, Eui-Gak. The Korean Economies (Oxford: Clarendon, 1993).
Kim, Choong Soon. The Culture of Korean Industry: An Ethnography of Poongsan Corporation (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 1992).
Kim Dae Jung. Mass-Participatory Economy: A Democratic Alternative for Korea (Lanham MD: University Press of America, 1985).
__________. Prison Writings (Berkeley: U. California, 1987).
__________. A New Beginning: Essays (ed. George Oakley Totten; Los Angeles: Center for Multiethnic & Transnational Studies 1996).
__________. Peace on the Korean Peninsula & East Asia (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2001).
Kim, Elaine H. & Chungmoo Choi. Dangerous Women: Gender & Korean Nationalism (NY:Routledge, 1998).
Kim, Han-Kyo (ed.) Studies on Korea: A Scholar''s Guide (Honolulu: U. of Hawai'i, 1980).
Kim, Se-jin. The Politics of Military Revolution in Korea (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 1971).
Lee, Yur-Bok & Wayne Patterson (eds.) Korean-American Relations, 1866-1997 (Albany: SUNT, 1999).
Lone, Stewart & Gavan McCormack. Korea since 1850 (NY: St. Martin's, 1993).
McCormack, Gavan & John Gittings (eds.) Crisis in Korea (Nottingham: Spokesman, 1977).
__________ & Mark Selden (eds.) Korea, North & South: The Deepening Crisis (NY: Monthly Review, 1978).
McCune, Shannon. Korea's Heritage: A Regional & Social Geography (Rutland VT: Tuttle, 1956).
Ogle, George E. South Korea: Dissent within the Economic Miracle (Atlantic Highlands NJ: Zed, 1990).
Osgood, Cornelius. The Koreans & their Culture (NY: Ronald, 1951).
Park, Chi-Young. Political Opposition in Korea, 1945-1960 (Seoul: Seoul National U., 1980).
Robinson, Michael. Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Korea, 1920-1925 (Seattle: U. of Washington, 1988).
Scott-Stokes, Henry & Lee Jai Eui (eds.) The Kwangju Uprising: Eyewitness Press Accounts of Korea's Tiananmen (Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000).
Shapiro, Michael. The Shadow in the Sun: A Korean Year of Love & Sorrow (NY: Atlantic Monthly, 1990).
Shin, Gi-wook. The Politics of Popular Protest: The Roots & Legacy of Peasant Activism in 20th-C. Korea (Seattle: U. of Washington, 1996).
Stueck, William. The Korean War: An International History (Princeton: Princeton U., 2003).
Sturdevant, Saundra P. & Brenda Stoltzfus. Let the Good Times Roll: Prostitution & the US Military in Asia (NY, 1992).
Wells, Kenneth M. (ed.) South Korea's Minjung Movement: The Culture & Politics of Dissidence (Honolulu: U. of Hawai'i, 1995).
Zaichikov, V.T. Geography of Korea (NY: Institute of Pacific Relations, 1952).
In the Library: Fiction
Chae Man-Sik. Peace Under Heaven (Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1993). Black comic novel, with jabs at Japanese colonialists & Korean profiteers.
Choi, Jin-young (ed. & trans.) Unspoken Voices: Selected Short Stories (Dumont NJ: Homa & Sekey, 2002).
Chung Chong-hwa. Meetings & Farewells: Modern Korean Short Stories (NY: St. Martin's, 1980).
Fulton, Bruce & Ju-chan Fulton (ed. & trans.) Wayfarer: New Fiction by Korean Women (Seattle: Women in Translation, 1997).
Hwang, Sun-won. Sunlight, Moonlight (Seoul: Si-sa-yong-o-sa, 1990).
Kang Sok-kyong, Kim Chi-won & O Chong-hui. Words of Farewell: Stories by Korean Women Writers (trans. Bruce Fulton & Ju-Chan Fulton; Seattle: Seal, 1989).
Keller, Nora Okja. Fox Girl (NY: Peguin, 2002).
Kim Chong-un & Bruce Fulton (ed. & trans.) A Ready-Made Life: Early Masters of Modern Korean Fiction (Honolulu: U. Hawai'i, 1998).
Korean National Commission for UNESCO. Home-Coming & Other Korean Short Stories (Arch Cape OR: Pace International Research, 1983).
__________. Hospital Room 205 & Other Korean Short Stories (Arch Cape OR: Pace International Research, 1983).
__________. Loess Valley & Other Korean Short Stories (Arch Cape OR: Pace International Research, 1983).
__________. The Unenlightened & Other Korean Short Stories (Arch Cape OR: Pace International Research, 1983).
__________. Reunion So Far Away: A Collection of Contemporary Korean Fiction (Seoul, 1994).
Pihl, Marshall R.; Bruce Fulton & Ju-Chan Fulton (ed. & trans.) Land Of Exile: Contemporary Korean Fiction (Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1993).
Rutt, Richard & Kim Chong-un (ed. & trans.) Virtuous Women: Three Classic Korean Novels (Seoul: Kwang Myong, 1974).
Sallee, Hyun-jae Yee. The Snowy Road & Other Stories: An Anthology of Korean Fiction (Fredonia NY: White Pine, 1993).
Suh Ji-moon & Daisy Lee Yang (ed. & trans.) The Golden Phoenix: Seven Contemporary Korean Short Stories (Boulder CO: Lynne Rienner, 1998).
Tennant, Agnita (ed. & trans.) The Star & Other Korean Short Stories (London: Kegan Paul International, 1996).
Film & Video
"Adada" , dir. Im Kwon-taek, 120m. Mute peasant woman endures & survives two bad marriages.
"Aimless Bullet (Obaltan)" , dir. Yu Hyun-mok, 110m. Poverty & social inequality in Seoul just after the Korean War.
"Bad Movie (Nappeun Yonghwa)" , dir. ?, ?m.
"Daughters of Pharmacist Kim" , dir. Yu Hyun-mok, 107m. Tribulations of an elderly man with four daughters representing the new Korea.
"Gilsodom" , dir. Im Kwon-taek, 100m. Challenges presented by 1983 campaign to reunite families divided by partition & Korean War.
"The Isle" , dir. Kim Ki-duk, 89m. From First Run Features.
"Martyr" , dir. Yu Hyun-mok, 105m. Religion & politics during occupation of Pyongyang during Korean War.
"My Mother & the Lodger" , dir. Shin Sang-ok, 103m. Lives of proper young village widow & daughter shaken up by city artist in search of rural retreat.
"Painted Fire" , dir. Im Kwon-taek, 117m. Story of 19th-c. painter Jang Seung-up.
"Rainy Days" , dir. Yu Hyun-mok, 114m. Village family's life torn by political conflict during Korean War.
"Son of Man" , dir. Yu Hyun-mok, 110m. Murder mystery with religious theme set in Taegu.
"Take Care of My Cat" , dir. Jeong Jae-eun, 112m. From Kino International. Five young women coming of age in working-class port town of Incheon.
"The Ticket" , dir. Im Kwon-taek, 100m. Unflinching portrait of prostitution in a seaside coffeeshop.
"The Women Outside" , dir. J.T. Orinne Takagi & Hye Jung Park, 52m. From Third World Newsreel. Sex workers' lives in camp towns serving 80 bases housing 37,000 US soldiers since end of Korean War.