North Korea through through the Looking Glass by Kongdan Oh
Look inside with Google Book Preview
North Korea through through the Looking Glass
By Kongdan Oh

North Korea through through the Looking Glass

By (author) See other recent books by Kongdan Oh See other recent books by Ralph C. Hassig
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $39.95
Your Price: $35.96 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $3.99! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.80 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



North Korea through through the Looking Glass by Kongdan Oh

Book Description

Fifty-five years after its founding at the dawn of the cold war, North Korea remains a land of illusions. Isolated and anachronistic, the country and its culture seem to be dominated exclusively by the official ideology of Juche, which emphasizes national self-reliance, independence, and worship of the supreme leader, General Kim Jong Il. Yet this socialist utopian ideal is pursued with the calculations of international power politics. Kim has transformed North Korea into a militarized state, whose nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and continued threat to South Korea have raised alarm worldwide. This paradoxical combination of cultural isolation and military-first policy has left the North Korean people woefully deprived of the opportunity to advance socially and politically. The socialist economy, guided by political principles and bereft of international support, has collapsed. Thousands, perhaps millions, have died of starvation. Foreign trade has declined and the country's gross domestic product has recorded negative growth every year for a decade. Yet rather than initiate the sort of market reforms that were implemented by other communist governments, North Korean leaders have reverted to the economic policies of the 1950s: mass mobilization, concentration on heavy industry, and increased ideological indoctrination. Although members of the political elite in Pyongyang are acutely aware of their nation's domestic and foreign problems, they are plagued by fear and policy paralysis. North Korea Through the Looking Glass sheds new light on this remote and peculiar country. Drawing on more than ten years of research --including interviews with two dozen North Koreans who made the painful decision to defect from their homeland --Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig explore what the leadership and the masses believe about their current predicament. Through dual themes of persistence and illusion, they explore North Korea's stubborn adherence to policies that have failed to serve the welfare of the people and, consequently, threaten the future of the regime. Featuring twenty-nine rare and candid photos taken from within the closely guarded country, North Korea Through the Looking Glass illuminates the human society of a country too often mischaracterized for its drab uniformity --not a "state," but a community of twenty million individuals who have, through no fault of their own, fallen on exceedingly hard times.

Buy North Korea through through the Looking Glass book by Kongdan Oh from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780815764359
ISBN-10: 0815764359
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


Books By Author Kongdan Oh

Korea Briefing by Kongdan Oh Korea Briefing, Paperback (March 2002)

An analysis of the evolving relationship between North and South Korea. With contributions from a multi-national panel of experts, it discusses topics such: as South Korean politics and economy; Korea's relationship with its neighbours and with the USA; changes in North Korea; and more.

» View all books by Kongdan Oh

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about North Korea through through the Looking Glass book by Kongdan Oh and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Kongdan Oh

Kongdan Oh , a Korean American, is a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Virginia, USA, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and editor of the Asia Society's Korea Briefing , 1997-1999 (M. E. Sharpe and the Asia Society, 2000). Ralph C. Hassig , a social psychologist, is a Washington-based consultant on Korean affairs and an adjunct associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland University College, USA.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Kongdan Oh close
Korea Briefing by Kongdan Oh
Korea Briefing by Kongdan Oh
Korea Briefing by Kongdan Oh
»
Recent books by Ralph C. Hassig close
Korea Briefing by Ralph C. Hassig
North Korea through through the Looking Glass by Ralph C. Hassig
Korea Briefing by Ralph C. Hassig
Korea Briefing by Ralph C. Hassig
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close