My guest today is Eugene Park. Gene is a historian of East Asia, especially Korean politics and society since the 14th century. He is the Rick and Cathy Trachok Endowed Chair in International Studies and Professor in History at the University of Nevada, and is also the author of Korea: A History, which is today’s focus. Korea: A History addresses general readers, providing an up-to-date, accessible overview of Korean history from antiquity, all the way to the present.
In this conversation, we cover Korean history, Japan’s colonization of Korea, and a little about the future.
I hope you enjoy my conversation with Eugene Park.
[00:00:31] – [First question] – Eugene’s Background
[00:03:32] – Writing Korea: A History
[00:09:44] – Advice for young academics looking for tenure
[00:10:56] – South Korea’s success story
[00:12:37] – Attitudes towards reunification
[00:15:08] – South Korean identity and challenges
[00:18:39] – Lesson’s from South Korea’s success
[00:21:43] – Japan and Korea’s relationship
[00:27:37] – Most undervalued life experience
[00:28:51] – Influential books?
[00:31:15] – Plans going forward and wrapping up