Life in the ROK

West goes East: The lives and adventures of a Californian couple living in Seoul

Monday, October 23, 2006

Here is Colleen's friend, Caitlin, taking a photo of some Korean high school kids in front of a pretty great statue at the pretty great Korean War Memorial. In the war, Seoul changed hands four times and was reduced to a pile of rubble and ash at the end. Now, thousands of new apartments like the cluster in the background populate this city of 12 million. Despite the recent nuclear test by the north, everybody here just goes on with their normal lives, hustling to work and back and debating in the newspapers what course the government should take to respond. South Korea is prosperous, democratic and free, which begs the question: What lessons can be learned from this modern success story?

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