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A South Korea not so long ago

November 25th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers


17 Responses to “A South Korea not so long ago”

  1. comment number 1 by: GarlicBreath

    Put some lipstick on that pig and it looks exactly like modern corea. Great pictures Mr Bevers, where did you find them.

  2. comment number 2 by: T_K

    Some of those are artistically very accomplished. Who took them?

  3. comment number 3 by: stumpjumper

    Wow, beatiful pictures. Very powerful.

  4. comment number 4 by: toadface

    America now……

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/48494538@N00/87061203/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tooloose-letrek/426280520/
    http://l3xy.com/?p=35
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/snweb/484577727/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tooloose-letrek/387323964/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeannelopez/464534954/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ephemerality/40949935/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/richj32/474776166/

  5. comment number 5 by: Slick Willy

    Nice pictures. Yep. It was pretty poor not too long ago, but of course the Super Race Coreans built up their country with absolutely no help from the evil USA.

  6. comment number 6 by: GarlicBreath

    Slick Willy Says:

    Nice pictures. Yep. It was pretty poor not too long ago, but of course the Super Race Coreans built up their country with absolutely no help from the evil USA.

    LOL!!! Spot on!! Don’t forget that evil Japan held the “super race coreans” from developing too.

    More pictures of “Sparkling Corea“.
    .
    The “super race coreans” had a life span of 24 years before the kindly Japanese helped administer and lead corea. Afterwards the ungrateful coreans lifespan doubled.

  7. comment number 7 by: VG86

    Just about every Korean out there acknowledges US help in developing a modern Korea. I dont see what the fuss is about unless you have some secret inferiority complex like GB.

    GB sorry to say this but you have no idea what the heck youre talking about. Koreas life expectancy wasnt 24 years. Where the hell did you get that statistic from? 2ch or your uyoku buddies? What a laugh.

    Koreas low life expectancy at the time was attributed to high infant mortality. Those who made it past their 10th birthday easily saw their 40th birthday. It was the large number of infants dieing before their 1st birthday that significantly lowered the overall lifespan.

    The simple practice of sanitation during child birth and a few western anti-biotics(not Japanese antibiotics which were a joke) raised life span significantly by lowering infant mortality.

    GB lives in this delusional world in which he believes Japan actually played a positive role in developing a modern Korea. America helped Korea not Japan. Korea didnt need 35 years of brutal colonization just to recieve western health practices. Only a fool would think otherwise.

  8. comment number 8 by: Sweet Water

    VG86,
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    Life expectancy usually means the life expectancy at birth. Thus, it is true that Korea’s improved life expectancy during the Japanese annexation is partially due to the lowered infant mortality rates. However, you cannot ignore the uniform decline in the mortality rates of ages 10-80+ during the annexation.
    .
    To my knowledge, antibiotics were not used to the general public until 1940s. So, the decline in the infant mortality rate during the annexation was not caused by Japanese or western antibiotics and, I guess, no one (other than you) has ever claimed that.
    .
    Although there is no reliable population statistics of Korea and the estimation of historic life expectancy is quite difficult, pre-annexation life expectancy in Korea is estimated as low as 23 years. See the article below. If you disagree, please show us the alternative source.
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    Myung Soo Cha, “Fertility, Mortality and Population Growth in Malthusian Korea”

  9. comment number 9 by: General Tiger

    I guess 30 years is not so long when compared to human history.

  10. comment number 10 by: samanalysis

    The little girl’s pretty cute, and doesn’t present a bad image of SK at all.

  11. comment number 11 by: Gerry-Bevers

    I do not think any of the pictures present a bad image of South Korea. I think they just show people struggling to survive, and they also show just how far Koreans have come in a relatively short time.

    I do not know who took the pictures or when they were taken, but I saw many similar scenes in South Korea even in the 1980s.

  12. comment number 12 by: Karadam

    The person who took these photos is called Choi Minshik (최민식, not to be confused with the actor of the same name). I first came across his pictures one year ago, and I was very impressed by his work. His interest was in capturing the daily lives of the less fortunate (especially in the 50s and 60s), which explains the focus on workers and the such. His pictures are full of human warmth and in my opinion show a developed artistic sensibility.

  13. comment number 13 by: T_K

    Karadam, thanks for the information.
    I have a great interest in documentary photography. I’ll try to find a book with Choi’s work.

  14. comment number 14 by: empraptor

    Nice pics.


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  16. comment number 16 by: SBChoi52

    Thanks for the pictures, Karadam.
    They certainly brought back my childhood memories, not sad but the happy ones. I do agree with Gerry-Bevers; they are not bad images of Korea at all.

  17. comment number 17 by: chase

    Wow the 8th pictures looks so crowded. wonder where thas was..

    BTW, the photographer’s website gallery lists some of those pictures above as 1970s in Pusan.