Best way to get the flavor for 1970s Korea?
April 5, 2010 1:57 PM   Subscribe

What are the best nonfiction books, novels or articles if I want to get a feel for city life in Seoul, South Korea in the 1970s or 1980s?

Bonus if it has anything to do with the business world. This is for a fictional story I’m writing. Any help very much appreciated.
posted by thelastenglishmajor to Society & Culture (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I lived in Seoul for a little over a year in the early 70's. I was in the military, but lived off base, so my perspective was from that viewpoint... memail me if you have any specific questions that I might be able to help with..
posted by HuronBob at 3:02 PM on April 5, 2010

I always recommend Bruce Cumings' Korea's Place in the Sun, although it doesn't have a ton on that era, it's indispensable for 20th C Korean history. Whatever you do, do not rely on Michael Breen's The Koreans.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:50 PM on April 5, 2010

Response by poster: Ha ha, yeah, Michael Breen. I know his deal.
posted by thelastenglishmajor at 9:41 PM on April 5, 2010

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