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Brooks



Joined: 08 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:21 pm    Post subject: Korea Unmasked Reply with quote

I like this book by the Korean cartoonist.
Does anyone know if his other books have been translated into English?
Thanks.
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NQ



Joined: 16 Feb 2012

PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:31 am    Post subject: Re: Korea Unmasked Reply with quote

Brooks wrote:
I like this book by the Korean cartoonist.
Does anyone know if his other books have been translated into English?
Thanks.


LOL, I just bought this book last week. I flipped through some of it but haven't given it a through read. It seems really good.

The only thing is is that it's 10 years old and some of the info presented isn't true apparently. Still, it gives good insight into how Koreans think and WHY dammit!
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Jake_Kim



Joined: 27 Aug 2005
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prof. Won-bok Rhie is best known to Koreans for his cartoons introducing histories and cultures of OTHER countries (major European powers + U.S. + Japan + China). That is, way before the advent of the internet as we know it, the earliest version dating back to the 80s.

The 2005 version of Korea Unmasked was simply a translated version of his earlier work on the motherland, viewed through a similar framework he had used to depict other countries.

There was a 2008 revised edition in English, which abandoned the word 'Unmasked' on its title and simply went by 'Korea.' (ISBN : 9788934932369) Although he has subsequently released 2012 revised edition for all of the Korean version of 'Countries' series including Korea, this 2012 edition was never followed by English version.

Believe it or not, back in 2008, three books of the series exclusively covering the United States have been also translated into English :

United States of America - The People (ISBN : 9788934933571)
United States of America - History (ISBN : 9788934935520)
United States of America - The Presidents (ISBN : 9788934932376)

All four English books, however, are out of print now and no longer in circulation, at least as 'new' books.
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Brooks



Joined: 08 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm.
What did you think of what he wrote about America?

I liked the way he compared China, Korea, and Japan. It was
very imformative.
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escarole



Joined: 06 Nov 2009

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those interested in investigating the credibility of this author are urged to examine these translated excerpts from another of his books, entitled "Far Country Near Country"

https://sites.google.com/site/joemondello/picturesandtranslationsfrommonnaraiunnar

And his take on the 1995 Mitsubishi sexual harrassment case:

http://slackerspeaksloud.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/rhie-won-bok-is-a-sexist-too-a-series-of-panels-depicting-the-1995-mitsubishi-sexual-harassment-case/

Some generalizations about America:

http://slackerspeaksloud.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/rhie-won-bok-is-an-idiotbigot-and-a-crappy-cartoonist/
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Weigookin74



Joined: 26 Oct 2009

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

escarole wrote:
Those interested in investigating the credibility of this author are urged to examine these translated excerpts from another of his books, entitled "Far Country Near Country"

https://sites.google.com/site/joemondello/picturesandtranslationsfrommonnaraiunnar

And his take on the 1995 Mitsubishi sexual harrassment case:

http://slackerspeaksloud.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/rhie-won-bok-is-a-sexist-too-a-series-of-panels-depicting-the-1995-mitsubishi-sexual-harassment-case/

Some generalizations about America:

http://slackerspeaksloud.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/rhie-won-bok-is-an-idiotbigot-and-a-crappy-cartoonist/


Well, that first link is a bunch of racist xenophobic nonsense!! My understanding of US politics is that most Jewish Americans vote Democratic, but Republican administrations are friendlier to Israel. The media in America often sympathizes with Gaza over Israel. So, is there a Jewish conspiracy? No more than a secret Martian conspiracy allied with the Freemasons to rule our minds. (I'm being sarcastic, in case you couldn't tell.)
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Mix1



Joined: 08 May 2007

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

escarole wrote:
Those interested in investigating the credibility of this author are urged to examine these translated excerpts from another of his books, entitled "Far Country Near Country"

https://sites.google.com/site/joemondello/picturesandtranslationsfrommonnaraiunnar

And his take on the 1995 Mitsubishi sexual harrassment case:

http://slackerspeaksloud.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/rhie-won-bok-is-a-sexist-too-a-series-of-panels-depicting-the-1995-mitsubishi-sexual-harassment-case/

Some generalizations about America:

http://slackerspeaksloud.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/rhie-won-bok-is-an-idiotbigot-and-a-crappy-cartoonist/

And that's just scratching the surface. His stuff is more like propaganda pieces meant to stroke the Korean ego rather than actually inform anyone about Korea.

Despite probably having very limited interaction with non-Koreans, the guy presents random stereotypes as fact and scorns and ridicules other countries/races while trumpeting Korea and Koreans over everyone else. It's mildly entertaining but this theme gets tiresome quickly. Still, it's a funny snapshot for seeing how some Koreans view themselves and the rest of the world.

The scene where two black guys discuss how "diligent, tough, and successful" Koreans are was pretty funny. Talk about flattering oneself. And the constant stabs at Jews indicates some sort of scornful jealousy.
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Yaya



Joined: 25 Feb 2003
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The author has wild ideas at times but the book is entertaining. Mind you, it's a fun look at Koreans and Korea, not necessarily factual or accurate.

The part about Korean reunification is rather sentimental. South Korea would probably either go bankrupt if reunification happened or use North Koreans as cheaper labor than Chinese, hehe.
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