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Korea: History/Culture

A Topography of Confucian Discourse: Politico-philosophical Reflections on Confucian Discourse since Modernity

Author: Lee Seung-hwan
Order No. 1031
ISBN-13: 9781931907279
ISBN-10: 1931907277
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xii, 260
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $49.95
20% off: 39.96

Throughout history, numerous scholars and intellectuals have tried to define Confucianism one way or another. Despite their efforts, the voices of those who claim to have found the essence of Confucianism are as much at odds as ever. A Topography of Confucian Discourse analyzes Confucian discussion in diverse historical settings, examining how Confucianism has served the different purposes of biased interpreters and how they have manipulated Confucian discourse.

To explore their hidden desires, Lee Seung-hwan critically observes various historical contexts in which people interpreted Confucianism: in the heyday of the Jesuit Missionaries, the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, the period of Western Imperialism, late twentieth-century postmodern America, Tokugawa Japan, Chosŏn Korea, China, Taiwan, South Korea, as well as Singapore. The author successfully historicizes Confucian discourse, explaining why, against a certain political background, a certain view on Confucianism has to arise. Learn More...




A Topography of Confucian Discourse: Politico-philosophical Reflections on Confucian Discourse since Modernity

Author: Lee Seung-hwan
Order No. 1042
ISBN-13: 9781931907347
ISBN-10: 193190734X
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xii, 260
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $29.95
20% off: $23.96

Throughout history, numerous scholars and intellectuals have tried to define Confucianism one way or another. Despite their efforts, the voices of those who claim to have found the essence of Confucianism are as much at odds as ever. A Topography of Confucian Discourse analyzes Confucian discussion in diverse historical settings, examining how Confucianism has served the different purposes of biased interpreters and how they have manipulated Confucian discourse.

To explore their hidden desires, Lee Seung-hwan critically observes various historical contexts in which people interpreted Confucianism: in the heyday of the Jesuit Missionaries, the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, the period of Western Imperialism, late twentieth-century postmodern America, Tokugawa Japan, Chosŏn Korea, China, Taiwan, South Korea, as well as Singapore. The author successfully historicizes Confucian discourse, explaining why, against a certain political background, a certain view on Confucianism has to arise. Learn More...




Developmental Dictatorship and the Park Chung-hee Era: The Shaping of Modernity in the Republic of Korea

Author: Edited by Lee Byeong-cheon
Order No. 1032
ISBN-13: 9781931907286
ISBN-10: 1931907285
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xviii, 384
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $54.95
20% off: $43.96

By examining the most controversial Park Chung-hee period (1961-1979), Developmental Dictatorship and the Park Chung-hee Era helps the reader rediscover the socioeconomic origins of modern Korea. The essays in this book written by twelve noted Korean social scientists discuss the relationship between South Korea’s economic development and totalitarianism in the form of the Park dictatorship.

At the core of discussion is the question: To what extent did the economic miracle of Korea evolve because of political oppression? The book contests those who refuse to acknowledge the economic achievements made possible by Park’s policies on the one hand and challenges those who glorify Park with blind admiration on the other. The authors maintain that it is necessary to comprehensively explore the meanings of development and dictatorship as they coexisted during the Park’s tenure. Learn More...




Developmental Dictatorship and the Park Chung-hee Era: The Shaping of Modernity in the Republic of Korea

Author: Edited by Lee Byeong-cheon
Order No. 1043
ISBN-13: 9781931907354
ISBN-10: 1931907358
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xviii, 384
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $32.95
20% off: $26.36

By examining the most controversial Park Chung-hee period (1961-1979), Developmental Dictatorship and the Park Chung-hee Era helps the reader rediscover the socioeconomic origins of modern Korea. The essays in this book written by twelve noted Korean social scientists discuss the relationship between South Korea’s economic development and totalitarianism in the form of the Park dictatorship.

At the core of discussion is the question: To what extent did the economic miracle of Korea evolve because of political oppression? The book contests those who refuse to acknowledge the economic achievements made possible by Park’s policies on the one hand and challenges those who glorify Park with blind admiration on the other. The authors maintain that it is necessary to comprehensively explore the meanings of development and dictatorship as they coexisted during the Park’s tenure. Learn More...




East and West: Fusion of Horizons

Author: Kwang-Sae Lee
Order No. 1030
ISBN-13: 9781931907262
ISBN-10: 1931907269
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xii, 522
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $59.95
20% off: 47.96

In East and West: Fusion of Horizons, Kwang-Sae Lee seeks to find and develop themes of mutual resonance in Eastern and Western thoughts, trying to interpret across boundaries of culture and age.

The book discusses some general “methodological problems” pertaining to the “Meeting of East and West,” Confucianism and Kantian moral philosophy, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Eastern thought, and outstanding themes such as social practice theory, holistic individualism and pluralism. It also examines Eastern thought (Confucianism and Taoism in particular) and pragmatism (Rorty in particular). The last part introduces Korean philosophy and some important Korean philosophers.

Lee believes that there is vital need for reassessing the eminent relevance of revitalized East Asian culture(s) to the contemporary world. It is with this conviction that he has written this important and timely book. Learn More...




East and West: Fusion of Horizons

Author: Kwang-Sae Lee
Order No. 1041
ISBN-13: 9781931907330
ISBN-10: 1931907331
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xii, 522
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $34.95
20% off: $27.96

In East and West: Fusion of Horizons, Kwang-Sae Lee seeks to find and develop themes of mutual resonance in Eastern and Western thoughts, trying to interpret across boundaries of culture and age.

The book discusses some general “methodological problems” pertaining to the “Meeting of East and West,” Confucianism and Kantian moral philosophy, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Eastern thought, and outstanding themes such as social practice theory, holistic individualism and pluralism. It also examines Eastern thought (Confucianism and Taoism in particular) and pragmatism (Rorty in particular). The last part introduces Korean philosophy and some important Korean philosophers.

Lee believes that there is vital need for reassessing the eminent relevance of revitalized East Asian culture(s) to the contemporary world. It is with this conviction that he has written this important and timely book. Learn More...




Korea’s Pastimes and Customs: A Social History

Author: Lee E-Wha; translated by Ju-Hee Park
Order No. 1035
ISBN-13: 9781931907385
ISBN-10: 1931907382
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: x, 264
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $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. Learn More...




The Gwangju Uprising: The Pivotal Democratic Movement That Changed the History of Modern Korea

Author: Choi Jungwoon; translated by Yu Young-nan
Order No. 1033
ISBN-13: 9781931907293
ISBN-10: 1931907293
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xx, 326
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $49.95
20% off: $39.96

The book explores the implications of the democratic movement that took place in Gwangju, a southwestern city of Korea, in May 1980 when military paratroopers brutally crushed a group of protesters who demonstrated against General Chun Doo-hwan, who was about to become the country’s president. Because of the event now known as the Gwangju Uprising, 191 people perished and 852 were wounded.

In The Gwangju Uprising, Choi Jungwoon analyzes various discourses and motives of the uprising and vividly paints the demonstrators’ street battles against paratroopers. He gives an in-depth scrutiny of the participants’ mentalities and incentives, and the type of brutality involved. He also examines the stages the participants went through during the uprising, from the peace and togetherness they had at first, to the internal conflict that soon followed, to the lessons they learned in the uprising’s aftermath. Choi argues that the united front experienced by the participants during the uprising was a driving force that changed modern Korean history. Learn More...




The Gwangju Uprising: The Pivotal Democratic Movement That Changed the History of Modern Korea

Author: Choi Jungwoon; translated by Yu Young-nan
Order No. 1044
ISBN-13: 9781931907361
ISBN-10: 1931907366
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xx, 326
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $29.95
20% off: $23.96

The book explores the implications of the democratic movement that took place in Gwangju, a southwestern city of Korea, in May 1980 when military paratroopers brutally crushed a group of protesters who demonstrated against General Chun Doo-hwan, who was about to become the country’s president. Because of the event now known as the Gwangju Uprising, 191 people perished and 852 were wounded.

In The Gwangju Uprising, Choi Jungwoon analyzes various discourses and motives of the uprising and vividly paints the demonstrators’ street battles against paratroopers. He gives an in-depth scrutiny of the participants’ mentalities and incentives, and the type of brutality involved. He also examines the stages the participants went through during the uprising, from the peace and togetherness they had at first, to the internal conflict that soon followed, to the lessons they learned in the uprising’s aftermath. Choi argues that the united front experienced by the participants during the uprising was a driving force that changed modern Korean history. Learn More...




The Land of Scholars: Two Thousand Years of Korean Confucianism

Author: Kang Jae-eun, translated by Suzanne Lee
Order No. 1034
ISBN-13: 9781931907309
ISBN-10: 1931907307
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xxx, 516
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $59.95
20% off: $47.96

This book discusses the historical development of Korean Confucianism in terms of its social functions. It also examines the types of transfiguration Confucianism underwent and the role it played in each period of Korean history. The Land of Scholars spans from the Three Kingdoms period in 18 BC to the Joseon dynasty in 1910. The book not only gives a comprehensive and in-depth survey of the history of Korean Confucian thought but also touches on the transmission of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity in Korea.

Kang Jae-eun approaches the significance of Confucianism from the perspective of its cultural and social context. He explains Confucianism from a viewpoint that reflects on exchanges between Korea and Japan and the broader context of East Asian relationships. Kang also challenges the views of some Korean academics whose works on Confucianism are considered to be distortions and misinterpretations. Learn More...




The Land of Scholars: Two Thousand Years of Korean Confucianism

Author: Kang Jae-eun, translated by Suzanne Lee
Order No. 1045
ISBN-13: 9781931907378
ISBN-10: 1931907374
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2006
Pages: xxx, 516
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Price: $34.95
20% off: $27.96

This book discusses the historical development of Korean Confucianism in terms of its social functions. It also examines the types of transfiguration Confucianism underwent and the role it played in each period of Korean history. The Land of Scholars spans from the Three Kingdoms period in 18 BC to the Joseon dynasty in 1910. The book not only gives a comprehensive and in-depth survey of the history of Korean Confucian thought but also touches on the transmission of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity in Korea.

Kang Jae-eun approaches the significance of Confucianism from the perspective of its cultural and social context. He explains Confucianism from a viewpoint that reflects on exchanges between Korea and Japan and the broader context of East Asian relationships. Kang also challenges the views of some Korean academics whose works on Confucianism are considered to be distortions and misinterpretations. Learn More...




The Memoirs of Hun Pong: The Pendulous Life of a Korean Man Who Served Both Sides of a Divided Nation during the Korean War

Author: Hun Pong (Park Yongjae)
Translator: Hanjun Park
Order No. 1074
ISBN-13: 9781931907705
ISBN-10: 1931907706
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2011
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
Page: 206
Price: $19.95. You pay only $15.96 (after 20% discount).

This is a true story of a Japanese-born Korean man who struggled for survival during the Korean War. It is also an inspiring book about human yearning for survival in the most miserable circumstances. Born in Japan, Hun Pong returned to his fatherland Korea after it became independent from Japan and worked for the Korean Civilian Army. Once the war broke out, he was captured by, and forced to work for, the North Korean force, during which he witnessed a lot of cruelties and atrocities. In the midst of the war, he gave himself in to the South Korean force and later worked for the Combat Police of South Korea.

After the war, he began to look for his family who had parted separately and lived a miserable life. Meanwhile, he met his wife, raised his children and started to run a printing business to support his family. Since running a business in Korea at that time was also warlike, he had to move several times till he finally settled down in a village.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Hanjun Park is the grandson of Hun Pong. He entered Seocho Middle School in Seoul where he served as Vice President of the Student Association. He moved to Canada to study at St. Michaels University School and later entered New York University, majoring in economics.




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