Since the turn of the 21st century, relations between North and South Korea, and between the Koreas and the rest of the world, have changed dramatically. Now, more than ever, it is important for students, businesspeople, and other potential visitors to understand the highly developed, democratic South; the economically imperiled but militarily formidable North; and the relationship between the two.
Asia in Focus: The Koreas presents an authoritative and unprecedented look at the contrasts and similarities between the history, geography, politics, economy, culture, and society of North Korea and South Korea. It offers a wealth of new insights into North Korean life, as well as extensive explorations of Korean music, arts, language, cuisine, and popular culture, including the "Korean wave," which began with the export of Korean television dramas to other parts of Asia and has spread South Korean culture around the world. Also included are sections on women's history and roles, class and ethnicity, and a wide range of contemporary issues.
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