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Special Session: Korea's Saemaul Movement

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Frame of Image ways of thinking; iv) the difference between urban and rural areas; and, v) the gap between the rich and the poor. 2. Eventually, the Saemaul Undong was hailed as one of the main contributors
to the radical growth of the country’s economy, which was called the East Asian miracle that created one of Asia’s economic tigers. It also contributed to the transformation of South Korea from a state of widespread poverty and hunger in the 1960s to being a donor of food and other survival needs to North Korea today. B. Background 3. In 1970, the then President, Park Chung Hee, set forth his own ambitious
views to revitalize the rural economy of the country. In essence, the idea was that unless something was done to make rural life better, poverty and hunger would be aggravated further, thereby undermining the socio-economic development plan itself. 4. Before launching the Saemaul Undong, plans to establish some exemplary
and self-reliant villages, and a national rehabilitation movement had been embarked upon but with no tangible results of efforts worth mentioning. The principal reason for the failures turned out to be that such plans were basically of a non-voluntary nature that was based on the materials, guidance and administrative assistance unilaterally
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supplied from the top, and not as a result of the sweat of the rural people on their own initiative. 5. Taking these lessons from the various mistakes and failures, those
responsible for the plans tried to infuse the rural people


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Title Special Session: Korea's Saemaul Movement
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SHIN, Yong-Ki

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Date 2002
Pages 22
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Agriculture
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