Book: Korea, Are You at Peace? - Tales of Two Women Travelers in a Troubled Land by J.A.V. Simsoncategories: Book, Asian Culture, Women Travelers, Korean History, American Military Abroad, Korean Religions, Korean Mountains, Korean Women, The DMZ, Green Korea, Twentieth Century History, American Military Bases, South Korea
J.A.V. Simsonabout this book: Read these tales of two women travelers in a troubled land, and discover a book that explores a country as rough and precious as an uncut diamond. Two women--one English, the other American--visit Korea, Asia's Hermit Kingdom, a century apart. Their adventures and personal insights weave a tapestry revealing the international intrigue and deception that blighted the twentieth century and threatens to erupt in World War III.
Isabella Bird Bishop is a renowned Victorian travel writer who visits Korea in 1894, during a time of political upheaval that ultimately leads to the downfall of much of East Asia. The chronicle of her adventures serves as a backdrop for the author's tales of teaching on U.S. military bases and traveling throughout South Korea. A portrait of that country emerges as an economically successful and intriguing land peopled by charming and industrious citizens. But in the background, North Korea looms across the DMZ threatening war—even nuclear annihilation—because the mid-twentieth century Korean War never really ended. Is there hope for peace on the Korean peninsula?
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