MY FORTY YEARS FIGHT FOR KOREA by Louise Yim

MY FORTY YEARS FIGHT FOR KOREA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A rather plaintive, combative autobiography, in which Louise Yim, Korea' outstanding liberal patriot, portrays herself as a sadly unrewarded and unappreciated angel among thieves. Born in South Korea in 1900, she became a Christian in early life, and- despite a hesitant family- rounded out her education in Japan and the U.S. Antagonistic to the Japanese occupation, she early aligned herself with Korean patriots and the underground, and under Singman Rhee, she briefly occupied the post of Minister of Commerce. She fell out with him over what he considered misappropriation of funds, which she proved to be legimitate. Another point of difference arose over his ignoring the evidence she collected on amassing of North Korean and communist troops. This is the story of a life directed to one end- establishment of a free democratic country. The political and analytical elements of her story exhibit many little understood facets of weakness in South Korea, the desertion of many to the communist side, the disappointment over American tactics regarding the Japanese and the communist propaganda leaks, and the weakness of the Rhee government. Actually, the Korean question is broader than the conflicts which she stresses, but her descriptions of occupation and misrule supply the reader with a certain degree of valuable information.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1951
Publisher: A. A. Wyn