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Nce of a woman in a company athering when the woman herself was an employee and a very excellent one at that It wasn t a big deal to rape women and in fact an acceptable method of ensuring the relationship would result to marriage Oh God Hyun sook s experience still makes me shudder in sheer fury and misery she was raped in a restaurant that allowed sex inside the premisesThis is one paragraph about women towards the end of the bookI came to see that behind this apparent acceptance lay a How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead great many conflicting motives and emotions resignation opportunism frustrated rebellion a long tradition of self sacrifice an actual conviction that change cannot be achieved through revolution but only throughradual evolution I also became convinced that because of her strength her ability to endure the Korean woman would eventually prevailI think so too Skyscrapers Celadon and Kimchi A Korean Notebook is special to me because it s the first travel memoir I ve read and the first book from Dr Hidalgo Also it s interesting that although it portrayed Korea it amazed me how in the process of trying to describe something foreign she was also able to provide new things on what it meant to be a Filipino and in trying to understand South Korea s culture it sort of served as a mirror that enabled the readers to comprehend better our own country s tradition and attitudesI heard this was also published in Korea though slightly different I wonder how the people reacted to it. Is time focusing on South Korea where she lived for three and a half years with her husband then Representative of UNICEF to the country Her own work with media and the academe and the trips she took with her husband to different parts of the country enabled her to experience the country as not many foreigners have And this book tells that stor.

T by the age of 15 she was already published in newspapers or magazines So really the 3 stars are purely personal as I really have no intention of trying to evaluate or critiue this a creative nonfiction piece I obviously cannot do such a thing to one of the best writers in the enreDr Hidalgo s husband worked as a UNICEF Representative iving them all these opportunities to travel to various places They stayed in Korea for three and a half years long enough for Dr Hidalgo to sketch a portrait of this land and their people Further because of her uniue disposition she was able to see Korea in a way that most tourists would never really see She served as a newspaper columnist she even taught literature at universities she was able to visit places a normal tourist might not have seen and importantly she was able to talk to all sorts of peopleLike her what really ave me such an immense impact is the women of Korea Before I uote one of her paragraphs I first want to discuss a bit on the topic of women It was very very depressing South Korea really needed so much help back then In a country were Confucian beliefs prevailed it shouldn t come as a surprise that women were treated very lowly And yet I wasn t expecting it to be this horrible It was infinitely sad and I had so many oosebumps whenever I d read about them being treated in such a vile manner It was okay for men to be violent against them A man had to apologize to his male colleagues for the prese. Five Years is not far from a history book Ten twenty years from now the people of Burma will be thankful that once upon a troubled time a Filipino soulmate was in their midst sharing their sunlight and starlight and recording her experiences that would soon become part of their historyWith Skyscrapers Celadon and Kimchi Hidalgo does it again th.

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And it seemed strange that so very little time should have been reuired to take apart something that had taken so much longer to put together My knowledge about South Korea was pretty much limited to what I learned in my Asian history classes to what the news reports said and to what I Moonrise gathered from the handful of Korean dramas I ve watched over the years Skyscrapers Celadon and Kimchi A Korean Notebook really taught me so much about this hermit kingdom and itoes to show that reading travel memoirs is a fairly efficient way of trying to learn about a country without the horror of skimming through piles and piles of history books After reading this I knew I would never look at South Korea the same way againWell perhaps that might be a bit unfair and uncalled for After all this account is uite outdated the events occurred during the 1980s and surely South Korea must have undergone a tremendous change after so many years I hope so I really really hope soSimilarly I think it s also unfair how I m rating this 3 stars as if such numbers could actually define the value of this book Bear in mind that it doesn t mean this was terribly written or something along those lines I haven t read much non fiction but now I m beginning to realize how extremely arduous a job it is to try to rate something that actually happened if you Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi get what I mean And Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo is such a brilliant and precocious writer my Creative Writing professor once mentioned tha. On the AuthorIn his review of Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo's Five Years in a Forgotten Land A Burmese Notebook UP Press 1991 Joseph A Galdon said this collection is aood example of the versatility of the essay form and the writer's voice honed to perfection by intellectual insight literary imagination and skill And Julie Daza wrote As a notebook.

Cristina has been writing for Philippine newspapers at the young age of fifteen and is now an award winning author

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