[KS] Re: To the Observer of Korean Politics
DHART at stark.kent.edu
Wed Oct 25 10:43:49 EDT 2000
REPLY sends your message to the whole list
in your post, you point to the relationships between the inflow of
foreign capital, rise of industry, confucianism and democracy in
south korea. you touch on a number of interesteing topics that
have long been areas for debate within korean studies.
however, in your analysis you might also try to account for the near
total failure of foreign aid and confucianism to produce either
sustained industrial growth or democracy under the syngman rhee
era only a few years prior to the "miracle"?
that is, it seems that your hypothesis on confucianism does NOT
explain the 1950's. nor does it explain how many observers at the
time said that confucianism's "traditional beliefs" actually
further, dispite "confucianism" the syngman rhee regime was
notoriously corrupt. so, unless you argue that south korea was
somehow "less confucian" in the 1950s than the 1960s, i am not
sure hwo well your argument holds up.
finally, perhaps you would want to read the work by professor kim
eun mee out of USC. she makes a very compelling case for NOT
considering confucianism as you did in your post.
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