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CUCULU, G. (2004) Separated at birth. USA: The Lyon Press. (p.115-137 “South Korea after the war”)

“Separated at birth”: this title interprets what have happened to the peninsula in the point of view of the writer. “After a millennium of homogeneity, the country was arbitrarily divided at the moment of birth – liberation and independence” (p.3). After this decision, the two countries developed in a totally opposite way.

The book is written in a very immersed-style, the father of Gordon Cucullu used to be a part of the U.S Air Force as an Army Air Corps officer, and he was himself living in Japan during the occupation. This way of writing helps the reader to be absorbed into the narrative. It seems like he wanted us to feel the same emotion he felt when his father told a story, his voice “filled with deep emotion”.

By reading this book, we come to understand the real condition both economically and socially during and after the war in Korea and its consequence in both part.

With the return of the Government to Seoul from Busan following the armistice in 1953, South Korea during the post-war era had to face tension in its population whether for the North Korean infiltrators and agents or in the political subject with the controversy surrounding Park Chung-hee. However, the leadership of South Korea was a transition figure and helped to develop economic and security institutions for democracy.

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