Author: Lee E-Wha; translated by Ju-Hee Park
Order No. 1035
6 x 9, Paperback with flaps
x, 264 pages, 2006
$29.95 20% off:$23.96
Why are there so many Gims (Kims), Yis (Lees) and Baks
(Parks) in Korea? What was life like in Korea hundreds of
years ago? What kinds of communities did the Korean people
form? How did they celebrate their birthdays and holidays?
What kinds of games did they play in their spare time? These
are some of the questions Lee E-Wha answers in Korea’s
Pastimes and Customs: A Social History.
In this book, Lee makes Korean history more accessible and
relevant to today’s readers by bringing a contemporary
and down-to-earth perspective to his historical interpretation.
His discussion of Korean pastimes is laced with enlightening
journeys into their origins and interesting episodes associated
with them. His examination of the significance of clan affiliation
and genealogy in traditional Korean society helps shed light
on the general attitude modern-day Koreans have toward family.
Through Lee’s rendering of farmers’ co-ops, mutual-aid
societies, various ceremonies and rituals, superstitions and
fortune telling, the reader can virtually reconstruct Korean
communities of the distant past.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lee E-Wha was born in 1937 in
Daegu, Korea, the fourth son of Lee Dal, the foremost Korean
authority on The Book of Changes. Lee was formerly director
of the Institute of History and editor of Historical Criticism.
Among his major publications are The Heroes of the Donghak Peasant
Uprising, Shapers of Korean History, Politics and Social Change
in Late Joseon, Korean Factions, The Story of Heo Gyun and A
Historical Journey into Customs.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
Born in Seoul, Korea, Dr.
Ju-Hee Park earned her B.A. in Russian at
Korea University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Russian
literature from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Her
academic interests include intercultural studies and comparative