The Miracle on Han River: South Korea

1094 WordsJun 25, 20185 Pages
South Korea, once a broken country filled with broken families, has transformed itself into a fine example of perseverance in a tough situation. South Korea and its neighbor to the north have developed past where they were before the Korean War, but in different ways. The two countries, while certainly dependent on each other, are vastly different. Their conflicting styles of government and their differing cultures speak for themselves in this case. South Korea has, over the years, changed dramatically from the crippled country of the Korean War into a blossoming beacon of Asian cultural and economic changes. The combination of its recent economic importance, its heavy cultural influence, and its constant danger of participating in a war…show more content…
The perpetual motion of South Korea’s working class is setting the country on the fast track to becoming one of the most important, if not the most important, countries in the world economy today (Belanger). However, the same cannot be said about South Korea’s neighbor to the North. The constant conflict between the two countries has become less of a problem over the years, but it is still a problem nonetheless. In the years after the Korean War, South Korea began to experience a growth in population, and therefore spent their time designing functional cities (Downey). The wind down from a country filled with cities built out of need to a country with many glamorous cities has been a slow one. This has been a process hindered by the interference of American troops and North Korean attacks. In 2010, North Korea launched two attacks on South Korea. Both attacks were seemingly unprovoked and both caused severe damage to many South Korean communities. In March of 2010, North Korea sunk a South Korean warship with a torpedo, and then in November, it launched a rocket and artillery attack. The remnants of both attacks have been preserved as a reminder to future generations of the destruction the North has caused (Brinkley). The South has tried to patch up relations with the North on multiple occasions. The most notable of these attempts were the efforts of Kim Dae-Jung. Jung became President of South Korea with a firm belief that the two
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