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The Influence of American geography on Korean geography

Sam Ock Park
GeoJournal
Vol. 59, No. 1, Some International Reflections on American Geography on the Occasion of the Centenary of the Association of American Geographers (2004), pp. 69-72
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41147795
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The Influence of American geography on Korean geography
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Abstract

Korean modern geography emerged from the dark age of unfortunate Japanese colonial rule after liberation in 1945, and has grown rapidly since the 1960s. Modern geographical theories and methodologies were introduced to Korea by the Korean geographers who received PhD degrees in the United States and returned home to teach at universities in Korea, especially in the 1970s and early 1980s. American geography has influenced the progress of the modern geography in Korea in various ways -education systems, curricula for college students, training graduate students -and research methodologies in Korean geography during the last half-century have been directly and indirectly influenced by American geography. The influence has had, however, both positive and negative effects in the development of Korean geography. There is a tendency in recent years to reinterpret Western theories and concepts in the Korean context, considering distinctive regional and cultural characteristics.

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