[KS] What's So Good about Korea, Maarten?

J.Scott Burgeson jsburgeson at yahoo.com
Sat Jan 20 22:02:11 EST 2007

--- Maarten Meijer <mpmeijer at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Currently, I am looking for a
> publisher/distributor in the US/Europe. If
> > anyone would have any helpful suggestions on this
> topic, I would be very
> > thankful.

Hello Dr. Meijer--
   I would suggest that if an American or European
publisher picks up your book, there are quite a few
factual errors in it that could stand correcting.
Taekwondo is a 20th century invention and is not 2,000
years old, for example.

   I would also suggest that the overtly conservative
ideology through which you filter your observations
does not always help give an accurate image of
contemporary South Korean society. Michael Breen's The
Koreans covers similar territory as your book but is
far more balanced and relatively "objective" in my

   Finally, in my experience the majority of writers
in the Korean media who cover books about Korea
written by foreigners are reporters not critics, so
one must be careful when using such terms as "critical
acclaim." In fact, even Korean reporters in the
mainstream media prefer to write more about the
foreign writers themselves than offer incisive textual
analysis and commentary.

   Good luck,
           Scott Bug

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