Division System in Crisis (Seoul-California Series in Korean Studies #2) (Paperback)

By Nak-chung Paik, Kim Myung-hwan (Translated by), Sol June-Kyu (Translated by), Song Seung-chul (Translated by), Young-joo Ryu (Translated by), Bruce Cumings (Foreword by)

University of California Press, 9780520289888, 280pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2011

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Paik Nak-chung is one of Korea’s most incisive contemporary public intellectuals. By training a literary scholar, he is perhaps best known as an eloquent cultural and political critic. This volume represents the first book-length collection of his writings in English.
Paik’s distinctive theme is the notion of a “division system” on the Korean peninsula, the peculiar geopolitical and cultural logic by which one nation continues to be divided into two states, South and North. Identifying a single structure encompassing both Koreas and placing it within the framework of the contemporary world-system, Paik shows how this reality has insinuated itself into virtually every corner of modern Korean life.

About the Author

Paik Nak-chung is emeritus professor of English literature at Seoul National University and co-chair of the Korea Peace Forum.