The Epic of Korea A. Wigfall Green

ISBN: 9781406703207

Published: March 1st 2007

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140 pages


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The Epic of Korea  by  A. Wigfall Green

The Epic of Korea by A. Wigfall Green
March 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 140 pages | ISBN: 9781406703207 | 10.21 Mb

THE EPIC OF KOREA BY A. Wigfall Green WASHINGTON, D. C. CONTENTS 1 Introduction 7 2 The Country 9 3 The People 14 4 Home of the Gods 21 5 Foreign Influences 28 8 Cry for Freedom 34 7 Japanese Domination 41 8 Hail the Hero 51 9 Korean Government U. S.MoreTHE EPIC OF KOREA BY A. Wigfall Green WASHINGTON, D. C. CONTENTS 1 Introduction 7 2 The Country 9 3 The People 14 4 Home of the Gods 21 5 Foreign Influences 28 8 Cry for Freedom 34 7 Japanese Domination 41 8 Hail the Hero 51 9 Korean Government U.

S. Style 58 10s Unity Without Democracy 70 II Un-united Nations 78 12 m Democrats and Communists . 84 13 liberation 106 14 Oriental Phoenix - 113 15 End of a Beginning 121 References 129 Bibliography W JF r - -- - .. . 135 1 INTRODUCTION AS this book goes to press, Korea has become the proving ZX ground of civilization the arena in which the fate of mankind is being contested. Here the weakness and strength of mans attempt to create a world organization with power to restore peace and grant freedom to all people are being tried.

War is not new to Korea. It has had more than its fill of war in the past. Here Manchu and Mongolian battled here, with five thousand men, the Chinese refugee Kija founded a dynasty that lasted a thousand years here, even before the Spanish Armada, the Koreans defeated the Japanese navy with the first ironclad ship here, in the same year, 1592, the flying bomb was invented here, in the nineteenth century, the submarine became a menace and a protection to mankind.

Here, at the turn of the twentieth century, China, Russia, and Japan struggled for supremacy and here, in the middle of that century, Democracy and Communism faced each other for a showdown, Korea, to some Americans, is a land of gooks. Every one knows vaguely, but no one specifically, what a gook is. Perhaps a gook is any one other than a North American, but he is, more especially, an Oriental a native of any of the South Pacific islands, a Filipino, aJapanese, a Chinaman, or a Korean.

He is one whose turn of mind is not Western or American. He is one whose culture is so different that the average American cannot understand him. Gook is sometimes used to belittle but it is also used to express familiarity and even fondness, as Hello, Joe is used by the American in greeting the Filipino, or the Filipino the American. Korea is a land of gooks the Korean is a gook. He is incomprehensible because his thought processes are different, his philosophy not of the earth but of the air.

He belongs to another world. But just when we think that we can never understand the Korean, the light of comprehension shows in his dark eyes and in his ready smile and laughter, and we call him gook with foolish tenderness. Almost unwittingly we find ourselves so fond of him that we want to shelter him from all harm.

THE EPIC OF KOREA But Korea is more than a land of gooks it is a land of insuperable beauty. Over one who has an irrepressible urge to see the ends of the earth, Korea casts a spell Korea gives a warm welcome to the man who follows the sea up the long rivers, often yellow, past bald or wooded hills or mountains, into the safe anchorages. Korea is as grand in natural scenery as Switzerland, with its Everwhite Mountains in the far north, its Diamond Mountains fringing the eastern seaboard, and its numberless cascades and overhanging rocks all endowed with life by the Korean.

Korea is a land of the old and the new its burial mounds and chambers make every one who sees them want to grab a spade and start to dig. The tombs yield antique vases, jade, and other rare jewels. Among the antiquities of Korea are a seventh-century observatory and a sundial, abarometer, and an instrument for measuring precipitation, all going back to the fifteenth century. In the thirteenth century, long before the West knew of the possibility of printing with movable type, a Korean was actually printing with such type, and in the fifteenth century an entire encyclopedia was so printed.

In the same century, a phonetic alphabet was devised. Almost two centuries before Sir Francis Bacon cried for, and began, a codification of English law, the kw of Korea was codified. Korea excels in ancient and modern music...



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