The Korean Transformation
a presentation and study guide that tells the story of Korea' s amazing development and the Peace Corps experience
In 2016 Friends of Korea produced a 15 minute DVD that told, through images and text, the story of Korea’s transition from a struggling, post-war country to the impressive economic, technological, and cultural leader it is today. It is also the story of the Peace Corps programs in Korea and the role the volunteers played during this critical period in the modern history of Korea. This project came from an abiding affection and the deeply personal experiences of these former volunteers and staff. The DVD was created to reach and help a wider segment of the U.S. population better understand the breadth and scale of the change Korea has undergone during the past 50 + years.
While we no longer have DVDs available, the presentation is available on YouTube. FoK also developed a Study Guide to accompany this presentation which is available on this page as well.
The images and text in the presentation and study guide are designed to generate a rich exchange among viewers and readers. Please assist us in helping others to better understand Korea by obtaining and sharing these materials to those in your circle of friends and influence.
Comments from viewers:
“I received the DVD today and just reviewed it. As an RPCV myself (Ghana VIII) and former Fulbright grantee to Korea (87-88) I felt real pride in the achievements of the Korean people. Your video fulfills the key Peace Corps pledge of telling others in the US about other countries’ values and cultures.” Martin Limbird.
“Since I do outreach programs on Korea, teach about Korea as part of survey level courses on East Asia, education, and history, and edit a journal for teachers about Asia, I am particularly interested in the clip.”
“I'm the director of a study abroad program, so I'll definitely use it to help students learn about Korea. I'm also involved with a number of organizations that promote learning about Korea, cultural exchange, and developing intercultural competence and understanding.”
“I want to show it to my son and grandchildren. The young Korean-Americans will learn a great deal from the video.”
"I do not think most Americans appreciate how modern and beautiful Korea is, and I am forever trying to persuade them to visit or work there. This would make it easier for them to see for themselves.”
“I am often asked about my experience as a PCV in Korea (K-9) and my more recent visits. The video could be a nice way to help folks understand the changes.”