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South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success

by John Gonzalez and Young Lee

The Real World Travel

LoveReading View on South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success

South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success is written by Dr John Gonzalez and Young Lee.

It is a fascinating insight into how Korean society operates. But what makes it more interesting is it is from a Westerner point of view in Korea. Therefore you get a detailed take from Dr John Gonzalez, who is American but has become a local, living in Korea for 5 years. Dr John Gonzalez can make comparisons between Western & Eastern ideology as well as give his perspective as a foreigner. I can tell from the first couple of pages that he is intrigued by the Korean fast technology and their culture. 

In Dr John Gonzalez own words, ”As a resident, I was about to delve into the fabric of their society and learn the nuances of Korean human behavior, both subtle and otherwise. I was about to have the privilege of looking at the underbelly of the country from within it.”

I learnt a lot of fascinating things about the Korea culture that in some parts are similar to China who believe in the collective, individuals who sacrifice their time; parents constantly working to provide a better future for their children, employees working long hours for the benefit of the company and Korea has military conscription for young men. 

Also with all this knowledge I can now understand why some of the characters in some Korean Drama behave the way they do and the storylines.

Maisie Hoang, A LoveReading Ambassador

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South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success Synopsis

South Korea's astonishing economic and technological transformation after the Korean War (1950-1953) is often referred to by observers and historians as the "Miracle on the Han River." The nation underwent an extraordinary makeover from being one of the poorest countries to become the 12th largest economy in the world and 4th in Asia. South Korea also became one of the most technologically advanced countries in a short span.

As in other capitalist economies and despite South Korea’s undeniable success, some people have benefited from the economic and technological attainments, while others have been left out regardless of their effort to overcome the challenges of a playing field that favors the affluent. While other capitalist economies have experienced a similar widening divide between the haves and have-nots, the social inequality in South Korea appears to be exacerbated by cultural and behavior patterns that are deeply rooted in a society that values education, efficiency, hard work, individual and collective sacrifice, youth, beauty, and materialism. Some of the most impacted are low-income people, the elderly, the young, and middle-aged individuals.

The authors look behind the public face of South Korea through personal observations and their cultural lenses, extensive research, and careful analysis, to identify both the factors that contributed to the country’s remarkable trajectory and the price that Koreans have had to pay for the nation’s astounding accomplishments. The authors blend storytelling with hard evidence to show how the cultural and behavioral attitudes of Koreans contributed to the nation’s incredible achievements as well as its current challenges. They share their experiences through storytelling and capture Koreans being themselves without the glamour and glitz of K-Pop, K-Beauty, and K-Drama.

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ISBN: 9781674232157
Publication date: 22/12/2019
Publisher: Independently published
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781674232157
Publication date: 22nd December 2019
Author: John Gonzalez and Young Lee
Publisher: Independently published
Format: Paperback
Genres: Indie Author Books, Indie Books We Love, The Real World, Travel,
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