An Affair with Korea
Memories of South Korea in the 1960s
- PUBLISHED: February 2014
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 248 Pages, 6 x 9 in
- SERIES: Center For Korea Studies Publications
- ISBN: 9780295993416
In 1966 Vincent S. R. Brant lived in Sokp’o, a poor and isolated South Korean fishing village on the coast of the Yellow Sea, carrying out social anthropological research. At that time, the only way to reach Sokp’o, other than by boat, was a two hour walk along foot paths. This memoir of his experiences in a village with no electricity, running water, or telephone shows Brandt’s attempts to adapt to a traditional, preindustrial existence in a small, almost completely self-sufficient community. This vivid account of his growing admiration for an ancient way of life that was doomed, and that most of the villagers themselves despised, illuminates a social world that has almost completely disappeared.
Authors & Contributors
Vincent S. R. Brandt lives in rural Vermont.
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I can recommend this highly readable memoir without hesitation to anyone who would like to become immersed in the daily life of a pre-modern far-eastern society at a time when it was still largely pursuing its slow-paced ancient ways of life--and being able to do so through the eyes of a most engaging, perceptive and sympathetic witness.- Arthur H. Westing, Brattleboro Reviews