Part of the ""Visual Geography Series,"" this revised edition offers an extremely condensed look at South Korea: its land,...

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SOUTH KOREA IN PICTURES

Part of the ""Visual Geography Series,"" this revised edition offers an extremely condensed look at South Korea: its land, history, government, people and economy; the abbreviated text and many small photos are of only marginal usefulness. A typical sentence notes that ""Status with the family was based primarily on generation, age, and gender."" The accompanying photo is captioned ""On special occasions, several Korean dishes are served at once, completely filling the table."" Neither statement prorides a significant amount of real information. There are three references to the Celedons, ceramic pots produced in the tenth century, but only a line about the 1988 Olympics and a cursory reference to reunification efforts: ""In 1988 a large student movement began to urge the reunification of North and South Korea, and Roh approached North Korea to open communication between the two governments."" The index doesn't even mention reunification; the reader must find it under ""student activism."" While attractive, current information on South Korea is desirable, this doesn't fill the bill.

Pub Date: Nov. 17, 1989

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Lerner

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1989