First Drafts of Korea examines how the American mass media shapes U.S.perceptions of Korea and, thereby, U.S. foreign policy. Beginning with a detailed analysis of American newspapers' coverage of Korea between 1992 and 2003, the book features essays from Western journalists and senior U.S. officials with firsthand experience in Korea over the past two decades. From the democratization of South Korea in the 1980s to the current North Korean nuclear crises, these distinguished contributors offer unique insight into American media coverage of Korea and its impact on policymaking. A complex, shifting portrait emerges, as befits a nation that is itself evolving and growing in global stature.
Donald Macintyre was a 2006-07 Pantech Fellow at Shorenstein APARC, USA. He was the Seoul bureau chief for Time 2001-2006. Daniel C. Sneider is the associate director for research at Shorenstein APARC, USA. The former foreign affairs columnist of the San Jose Mercury News has also written for the New Republic, National Review, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Time, the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, the Dallas Morning News, and the Sacramento Bee. Gi-Wook Shin is the director of Shorenstein APARC; the founding director of the Korean Studies Program; senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and associate professor of sociology, all at Stanford University, USA. Shin also coedits the Journal of Korean Studies.