Contradictory Images of the City and the Country in 1930s Korea The relationship between the country and the city in Korea like many countries is a dualistic one. Some people saw the city as a place of modernization and opportunity. For these individuals the country was a primitive and backward place. Others saw the city as a cruel place where people had to deal with pollution, unsanitary conditions, a lack of proper employment and backbreaking labour in factories. The country is seen as a place of refuge, peace and tranquility. This essay will compare these contradictory images of the city and the country. A positive view of the city is provided by Kang Kyong-Ae in From Wonso Pond. A negative view of the city is provided by Li Sang in...The end:
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