|Degree Code:||CKR||Degree Name:||Bachelor of Arts Degree in Korean Studies|
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Korean Studies has become popular in the world in countries which have realized its influence in the modern world. South Korea, especially in the areas of science and technology, is gradually increasing its influence in shaping the modern world. The country is becoming an economic giant and is growing to be a strong partner of Kenya and East Africa at large. At the same time, the number of Korean tourists visiting Kenya and East Africa at large is increasing.
Korean is a language with approximately 80 million speakers; it is ranked as the 13th biggest in the world. It has 50 million speakers in South Korea, 24 million in North Korea, and nearly 6 million outside Korea - mainly in China, U.S.A., Japan, and Central Asia (the former U.S.S.R.).
These facts, as well as the potential for opening career options for our students in a variety of professional fields, ranging from academics to managerial positions in international organizations, provide the background to a B.A. programme in Korean Studies that rests on four pillars, namely:
These four components of the programme reflect developments that studies in language, communication, culture, literature, history, politics, economy, philosophy and religions have undergone internationally in the last decades, with regard to theoretical issues, research concepts and the structure and methods of university teaching.
The Korean Studies programme is a valuable resource base for experts in tourism, international administration, culture or media management; language and cultural institutions in Korea and Kenya; intercultural communication in companies and institutions in addition to acquisition, product management and human resource development.
The Korean Studies course will be housed in the Department of Linguistics and Languages but there will be serviced teaching from other departments. The courses offered by other departments are already contained within this syllabus. Therefore, Korean Studies will take a multidisciplinary approach. Most of the courses offered are from the Department of Linguistics and Languages. The Departments of History and Archeology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Political Science and Public Administration, and School of Economics have offered three (3) courses each while the Department of Literature has made a contribution of four (4) courses
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A candidate must satisfy the prescribed University of Nairobi and Faculty of Arts admission requirements, namely:
(i) K.C.S.E. with a mean grade C+ or equivalent
(ii) K.C.S.E. with a mean grade C plain or equivalent Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution
(iii) K.C.S.E. with a mean grade C- or equivalent Plus a Certificate and a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution
(iv) K.C.E./E.A.C.E Div. III/ Ordinary GCE or equivalent Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution
(v) K.A.C.E. or E.A.A.C.E/ Advanced GCE Certificate with one principal pass Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution
(vi) K.A.C.E. or E.A.A.C.E. certificate with two principal passes or equivalent
(vii) International Baccalaureate Diploma
(viii) A degree from a recognized university or equivalent
A candidate shall be allowed to register only in those course units whose combinations are approved by the Faculty. Any modification of such combination(s) shall be allowed only after obtaining approval from the Dean.
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Key: (i) * The course will be taught in English.
(ii) ** The course will be taught in English and/or Korean.
(iii) The absence of an asterisk means that the course will be taught in Korean.
(iv) Courses that appear in bold are already Senate approved.
(v) A student has the option of taking either CKR 412: Research Paper in Korean Studies or CKR 416: Practicum in Korean Studies.
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The minimum period required for a candidate to study and qualify for the award of a B.A. degree is eight (8) semesters and a maximum of twenty-two (22) semesters from the date of registration.
(ii) The minimum semester load shall be two course units and the maximum shall be seven course units.
(iii) Each course unit in the programme has a loading of 45 hours.
(iv) A candidate for a B.A. degree shall be required to register, study, sit examinations and pass in at least forty four (44) course units taken throughout the period of study. These units shall include the Faculty-based Designated Common Courses (DCC) and prescribed three Common Undergraduate Courses (CCS).
(v) Candidates may register for courses in Korean Studies as either a Major or a Minor. There are two possible modes of study: full time and part-time.
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5.1 Credit Transfer
A candidate from a recognized university or any other equivalent institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate wishing to transfer to the B.A. programme at the University of Nairobi shall be allowed to transfer credits from his or her university if those credits are deemed to be relevant and meet the required minimum contact hours. A University of Nairobi student who obtains a credit or credits from a recognized university shall be allowed to transfer those credits to the University of Nairobi. The transferred credits shall not be more than a third (1/3) of the total prescribed credits and/or course units required for the award of the B.A. degree.
(i) Those seeking exemptions shall pay an exemption fee approved by the University of Nairobi Senate.
(ii) A candidate seeking exemption shall be required to follow the Faculty approved procedure.
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(i) The common University of Nairobi Faculty of Arts regulations shall apply.
(ii) Candidates shall sit for examinations at the end of each semester. All course units shall be examined and written examinations processed at the end of the semester in which they are taken.
(iii) A candidate shall NOT be permitted to sit an examination unless he/she has attended prescribed courses of study in accordance with the university regulations and to the satisfaction of the departments or programmes concerned, as well as the Faculty.
(iii) Unless otherwise specified, end of semester examinations shall consist of a two-hour paper for each course unit taken in the semester and a fifteen-minute oral examination where applicable.
(iv) An assessment of each candidate’s performance in the course unit taken shall be through the Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) and end of semester examinations based on percentage grades. CAT assessments shall constitute 30% of the total marks in a given unit and shall consist of an average of at least two (2) assignments while the end of semester examinations shall constitute 70% of the unit examined.
(v) For the courses CKR 101: Basic Korean Language Skills, CKR 104: Listening and Speaking Skills in Korean, CKR 201: Reading Skills in Korean, CKR 204: Phonetics and Korean Phonology, and CKR 409: Interactive Korean, the written paper shall constitute 50% of the marks while the oral exam will account for 20%, thus making a total of 70%.
(vi) Each course unit shall be graded out of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 40% for each unit. These marks shall be translated into letter grades as follows:
A: 70% – 100%
B: 60% – 69%
C: 50% – 59%
D: 40% – 49%
E: 39 and below (fail)
(vii) A candidate shall be allowed to sit for supplementary examinations for a maximum of six (6) failed units in an academic year.
(viii) A candidate who, upon sitting for four (4) to six (6) supplementary examinations, fails in four or more of the units will be required to repeat the whole academic year.
(ix) A candidate who has seven (7) or more failed units in an academic year shall be discontinued.
(x) A candidate who fails any end-of-semester examination paper at the first attempt shall be allowed three more attempts to sit and pass that paper when a supplementary examination is offered.
(xi) A candidate who fails a paper may, in consultation with the department and with approval by the faculty, substitute that course unit, as long as it is not a core unit, with another of the same level from the same department. This regulation shall apply in Levels III & IV.
(xii) Subject to regulation (x) above
(a) A candidate who has failed in a course unit or units shall not be allowed to proceed to the next level unless he/she has passed the failed units. However, if the failed units happen to be prerequisites for other advanced courses in the same level, the candidate must first pass them before he/she can be allowed to register in the advanced units that require the prerequisites. A supplementary examination shall carry a maximum of 40% of the total marks and coursework marks shall not be considered. When taken as special examination, a unit shall carry a maximum of 100% of the total marks and course work shall be considered.
(b) No candidate with failed grade(s) shall be allowed to proceed to the next level unless he/she has successfully taken and passed the supplementary examination(s) in the failed course unit(s).
(c) A candidate shall be allowed to do a maximum of three supplementary examinations in the same course unit.
(d) A candidate who fails in three consecutive supplementary examinations in the same course unit shall be discontinued.
(e) A candidate who fails a special examination can be allowed to take a maximum of three supplementary examinations in the same course unit.
(f) Supplementary/Special Examinations shall be conducted at the end of each academic year.
|Level : 1|
|Course Code||Course Name||Course Hours|
|CKR 101||Basic Korean Language Skills (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Basic Korean Language Skills (core) Description
Basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills: Greetings, interpersonal language skills, talking about time, giving directions; introduction to the Korean writing system (Hangeul script): systematic study of Korean orthography (Romanisation); digitalization; differences between the Korean writing system and other writing systems including the Chinese writing system; simplified Chinese characters (Hanja script); Korean sound system; pronouncing Korean letters; basic vocabulary; useful expressions; counting in Korean and Chinese; basic culture; exercises in listening and speaking with native speakers of Korean; exercises in reading and writing.
|CKR 103*||Korean Cultural Heritage Tourism||45 hours||View Description|
Korean Cultural Heritage Tourism Description
Cultural history in Korea: prehistory of Korea, past and contemporary lifestyle in Korea; origins of Korean science and technology; science and culture, cultural innovations, Korean economy and global culture; aspects of Korean culture and heritage: Korean language, etiquette, fashion, cinema, traditional and modern architecture, martial arts, family and society, cuisine, intercultural communication through time; topical issues on Korean culture and heritage: gender, class, changing social values, rural and urban life; external influences on Korean culture heritage: Confucianism and Buddhist influences, the role of the Japanese and Americans, military dictatorships and culture, cultural relations between North and South Korea; Hallyu; education, globalisation and multiculturalism in Korea.
|CKR 201||Reading Skills In Korean (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Reading Skills In Korean (core) Description
Reading skills in Korean: reading drills on Korean letters, phrases and sentences; reading the Hangeul script and Chinese characters used in Korean (Hanja script); reading aloud paragraph-length narratives and short essays; reading short extracts from authentic texts; further cultural and social linguistic knowledge of appropriate behaviour in a Korean-speaking society; exercises in listening and speaking with native speakers of Korean; exercises in reading and writing.
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|CKR 102||Introduction To Korean Grammar (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Introduction To Korean Grammar (core) Description
Basic grammatical patterns of the Korean language: lexical categories, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, determiners, and pronouns; phrasal categories such as noun phrases, verb phrases, adjective phrases, and adverb phrases; simple sentences: subjects and predicates; types of simple sentences: affirmative, negative, interrogative, imperative, active, and passive; other grammatical categories such as person, number, gender, case, mood, tense, and aspect; main functions of phrasal categories: subjects, objects, complements, modifiers; honorifics; counting in both Korean and Chinese; Hangeul and Chinese writing systems (Hanja).
|CKR 104||Listening And Speaking Skills In Korean||45 hours||View Description|
Listening And Speaking Skills In Korean Description
Spoken Korean: pronunciation drills: individual sounds, single words, phrases and sentences; intonation in Korean; mastering the tones of the Korean language: contrastive words; oral drills for articulating new words and phrases; reading aloud short passages on simple matters, on common topics from authentic materials and pedagogically-prepared materials; aural comprehension: dictation, word recognition in minimal pairs; daily conversational skills; introduction of cultural notes and social linguistic knowledge of appropriate behaviour in a Korean-speaking society; listening to aural speech, video tapes, different types of expressions; further exercises in listening and speaking for natural flow of speech; exercises with native speakers of Korean.
|Level : 2|
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|CKR 203:*||Classical Korean Literature (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Classical Korean Literature (core) Description
Introduction to Korean literature, culture and history from the beginnings 2333 BC to Old Chosun and Koguryo; Oral Literature: ballads, legends, mask plays, puppet-show texts and p’ansori (story-singing) text; early narrative tradition such as the foundation myths and early epics based on the legend of old Choson and Tangun; legends explaining the origins of the kingdoms such as Koguryo and Puyo and Chumong; folktales about supernatural things, animals, ogres, goblins; Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianist religious influences on Korean literature; Korean narratives written down in Chinese script such as SamgukSagi and SamgukYusa; beginning of Korean fiction; beginning of the Korean novel; classical poetry of Hayangga, Kisaeng, the Koryo Kayo, Shijo and Kasa; characteristics of classical poetry; theme of transcendence reflecting Buddhist tradition and liberation and Confucian tradition; strict metric canon; new poetry of the Koryo dynasty, Chosun dynasty poetry – Shijo and Kasa
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|CKR 202||Writing Skills In Korean (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Writing Skills In Korean (core) Description
Writing skills: using Hangeul and Chinese writing systems (Hanja script); introducing more Chinese characters; sentence combining: from simple to compound and complex sentences; writing short paragraphs; basic functional writing including brief email and sms messages to friends, directions, self introductions, personal letters, official letters, short reports; further exercises in writing.
|CKR 204:**||Phonetics And Korean Phonology (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Phonetics And Korean Phonology (core) Description
Introduction to phonetics: definition of phonetics and its branches; the airstream mechanism; anatomy of the vocal apparatus; phonation; articulation, identification, and description of speech sounds; International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA); phonetic transcription; introduction to Korean phonology: definition of phonology; the sound system of the Korean language; distinctive and non-distinctive speech sounds: the minimal pair, phonemes and allophones; the relationship between phonemes and graphemes in Korean; phonetic versus phonemic transcription; phonological processes; phonotactics; the syllable and tone; improving students’ connected speech; identification of students’ pronunciation errors; exercises in phonetic transcription and description; exercises in listening and speaking with native speakers of Korean.
|Level : 3|
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|CKR 301:||Korean Grammar In Use (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Korean Grammar In Use (core) Description
Appropriate lexical and grammatical choices for different situations: formal and informal styles in emails and letters; the style of term papers and thesis; the jargon of sports; the jargon of the constitution; communicating in expected and unexpected situations; making polite requests; giving advise; describing events, objects, places; expressing oneself in problem-solving tasks; regular oral presentations; essay writing and debates; aural exercises.
|CKR 303:**||Morphology (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Morphology (core) Description
Definition of morphology; the word versus the morpheme; word classification: content and function words; morpheme classification: free and bound morphemes, bases (roots and stems) and affixes; derivational and inflectional morphemes; types of morphemes: segmental and suprasegmental morphemes; discovery procedures in morphology; morpheme arrangement; morphemic alternation; zero morph; morpheme and allomorph; morpheme and morph; verb morphology: derivation: passive and causative; verb inflection: tense, aspect, mood, pragmatic mood, honorifics; noun derivation; noun inflection: case, number; morphophonemic processes; problem solving of language data (especially from Korean) and rule writing.
|CKR 305 (CLT 205):*||Introduction To Literary Criticism (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
Introduction To Literary Criticism (elective) Description
Definitions of literature; nature of literature; major literary genres: poetry, drama, prose; definitions of literary criticism; nature of literary criticism; historical overview of literary criticism; principles of literary criticism; the value of literary criticism; types of criticism; qualities of a literary critic; literary terms; role of literary terms; practical criticism of selected literary texts.
|CKR 307:**||Korean Sociolinguistics (elective)||View Description|
Korean Sociolinguistics (elective) Description
Definition of sociolinguistics; the language situation in Korea; varieties of Korean: dialects of Korean; dialect switching; language switching; style switching; register; style; accent; the effect of society on language; language and gender in Korea; language and ethnic group; youth languages; code switching; a comparison of the Korean sociolinguistic situation and the Kenyan one and that of other societies.
|CKR 309:**||Intercultural Communication In Korea (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
Intercultural Communication In Korea (elective) Description
Korea as a multicultural society; intercultural communication; interactional routines; cultural assumptions; critical communicational occasions: first encounter, making requests, writing letters; small talk: topics and non topics; culture and communication in Korean: cultural dominance; gender; ethnicity, age, class; linguistic etiquette(s) and politeness; the power structure in politeness; nonverbal communication: body language including gestures; facial expressions; eye contact; proximity; the impact of globalization on organizational and interpersonal communication styles; cross-cultural problems occurring in the day-to-day interactions.
|CKR 311:*||The Political Economy Of Korean Development (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
The Political Economy Of Korean Development (elective) Description
Characteristics of Korean political and economic development; capitalism versus socialism; economic transformation of South Korea: poor agrarian economy; rich industrial nation-state; bureaucracy in the political economy of Korea; external stimuli, the US and Japanese role; Korean diaspora networks; land reforms; egalitarianism and materialism; protectionism in the industrial sector; state owned enterprises and the Saemaul Undong Model.
|CKR 313/ CEC 321:*||Resources And Development: A Comparative Analysis Of Korea And Kenya (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
Resources And Development: A Comparative Analysis Of Korea And Kenya (elective) Description
Application of economic theory and empirical analysis; resources for development: land, environment, property rights, population, skills training; depletable and renewable resources; resource scarcity; agricultural transformation and rural development; industry and development: the Korean experience; lessons for Kenya.
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|CKR 302 (CLK 102):**||Introduction To Translation And Interpretation (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Introduction To Translation And Interpretation (core) Description
An overview of the history and theory of translation; linguistic and cultural problems of translation; the process of translating; types of texts and the various approaches to translating; translating and interpreting; theories of interpretation; the role of the interpreter; the interpreter’s tools and equipment; types of interpretation: simultaneous, consecutive, conference, whispered interpreting, legal and court interpreting; training in voice, gesture, appearance, clarity and accuracy.
|CKR 304:**||Syntax (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Syntax (core) Description
Definition of syntax; the sentence as a unit of language; grammaticality; competence and performance; rules; generative grammar; syntactic relations in a sentence; word order; word classes; the phrase as a unit of language: phrase structure; phrase structure rules; tree diagrams; chosen aspects of transformational syntax; distinction between topic and focus; topic-comment; word order orientation; linguistic analysis with data from Korean and other languages.
|CKR 308:**||Chinese Characters In Korean Writing (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
Chinese Characters In Korean Writing (elective) Description
Chinese characters in Korean writing (Hangeul script); the evolution, development and transformation of Chinese characters: the essential features of the Chinese characters; principles underlying their construction; the transformation in forms; the process of evolution; the study of standard Chinese; issues on its modernization; simplified Chinese characters (Hanja script); exercises in reading and writing.
|CKR 314:||Korean For Business And Tourism (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
Korean For Business And Tourism (elective) Description
Korean for business and international trade: commercial Korean expressions; commonly-used commercial vocabulary; basic Korean knowledge and skills applicable to commercial activities; business etiquette; communicative ability appropriate to Korean and international environment; understanding Korean economic circumstances and rules including trade, investment, cooperation and management of enterprises; competence for cross-cultural communication in economic and cooperative interchange; business customs and background information of Korean culture; Korean for travel and tourism: interacting and dynamic business components of the travel and tourism industry; Korean communication skills and rules for travel and tourism; its development; public sector involvement; and cultural impacts; practical application of concepts in internship.
|CKR 312/ CEC 320:*||Korean Economic Development (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
Korean Economic Development (elective) Description
Korean economic growth and development: economics, institutions and development: a Korean perspective; problems and policies of development; agriculture, industry and trade in Korean development; economic integration and development; lessons of experience for Kenya and East Africa.
|CKR 310:*||The Military In The Politics Of Korea (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
The Military In The Politics Of Korea (elective) Description
Military in the Korean economy; Korean bureaucracy and the military; contradictions and positive development; contradictions and rising tensions under military rule; military governments and the threat to peace and security within the Korean Peninsula; the transition from military to democratic rule; challenges and gains under military rule; defence pacts; bilateral security alliances; emerging military trends in East Asian region; civilian control of the military in East Asian region; lessons for East Africa.
|CKR 306:*||Korean Social And Political Philosophy (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
Korean Social And Political Philosophy (elective) Description
Origin of the state of Korea; its institutions and laws; fundamentals of the social and political life of Korea; conceptual analysis of social and political terms and their contextual application in political philosophy; epistemological locus of the concepts within the history of the political thought; relevance in the history of political practice and argument; authority; equality; justice; liberty and democracy; property: rights, law; enforcement of a legal code by authority.
|Level : 4|
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|CKR 401:*||Modern Korean Literature (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Modern Korean Literature (core) Description
Historical background from mid-19th century to early 20th century (Literature of Enlightenment); crumbling feudal society of the Choson Dynasty; importation of new ideas from the West; rising Japanese imperial power in East Asia; influence of the western style of education on literary works: the Enlightenment (KaehwaKyemong); emergence of newspapers; serialized novels in newspapers; shijo and kasa; new poetic style – free verse, politicizing poetry; emergence of biographies; the new novel (shinsosol) written in Hangul; time reversal as a literary technique in the shinsosol; Second Period: Japanese colonial period (1910-1945); emergence of literary magazines, novels and short stories with themes suffering, self-discovery, realistic tendencies; poetry adopts French techniques of verslibre; literature of resistance, gender and colonialism, cultural nationalism, patriotism (monjok); Third period (1952 to contemporary): period of national division on industrialization, urbanization, alienation, governance, democracy and westernization; literature for political expression, multiculturalism; Korean Diaspora; critical analysis of literary works of the period.
|CKR 403:*||Research Methodology (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Research Methodology (core) Description
The research process: definition of research; choosing a research problem; research questions; objectives; hypotheses; research variables; reviewing the literature; research design; sampling techniques; survey research: questionnaires; observation research and interviews; ethical issues; issues of reliability and validity of research; case studies; basic descriptive statistics; interpreting and presenting research findings; writing the research report.
|CKR 405 (TLE 403):**||Psycholinguistics (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
Psycholinguistics (elective) Description
First language (L1) acquisition: early period, development of the sound system, development of morphology, syntax and semantics; theories of L1 acquisition; second language (L2) acquisition; L2 learning; language acquisition/learning disabilities; Language and the brain; language and cognitive development; language, speech and thought; language and mental representation; problems encountered in L2 learning such as L1 influence; contemporary issues in psycholinguistic research.
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|CKR 402:||Advanced Korean Grammar (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Advanced Korean Grammar (core) Description
An in-depth analysis of the more complex structure of the Korean language: clause vs. sentence; compound and complex sentences: coordination and subordination; types of clauses: independent vs. subordinate, finite vs. non-finite, embedded vs. non-embedded; complementation of verbs: noun complements, clausal complements, and adverbials; complementation of other lexical categories (e.g. adjectives); complex noun phrases: premodification and postmodification; discourse functions of different types of sentences.
|CKR 404:**||Translating, Editing And Interpreting (core)||45 hours||View Description|
Translating, Editing And Interpreting (core) Description
Skills for effective translating, editing, and interpretation including mastery of language, interest in and knowledge of current affairs in politics, commerce, the environment, international relations, science and technology; identification of the students’ A and B languages; doing practical interpretation and translation exercises from language B to A and A to B; handling terminologies from various registers; using the computers to search for relevant information for translation and interpretation; the editor’s role; evaluation of texts; ways of highlighting information; the process of editing; editing symbols; target audience and issues of readability; editing academic materials; publication formats; substantive editing and copy editing; the relationship between an editor and author.
|CKR 406:*||East Asia In The 19th And 20th Centuries (elective)||45 hours||View Description|
East Asia In The 19th And 20th Centuries (elective) Description
Geography and early history of the region; the emergence of Korean civilization; Korea and her Asian neighbours; Korea and the emergence of Japan as an imperial power; impact of China’s dynastic rule; the penetration of European powers into the region; the emergence of revolutionary movements in Korea; the proclamation of the republic of Korea; impact of the rise of Japanese militarism; the invasion of the nationalist and communist parties in China; the post World War II reconstruction of Korea; Korean war; Korea as an industrial power; triumph of Chinese communists in Korea; Korea as a major power; Korean influence on East Asia.
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