SOUTH KOREA: After the Storm

Cautiously, tentatively, Seoul came back to normal. The crowded tea shops buzzed with excited conversation among Koreans who still could hardly believe their power had toppled Syngman Rhee's twelve-year rule. When the curfew was moved up to midnight, jazz bands resumed their raucous ways and the noisy, bright-lit bars were awash with tipsy revelers and eager ladies of the evening. In fact, except for a few damaged buildings and the soldiers guarding the National Assembly, there were no outward signs at all of Korea's fortnight of revolt.

It was reform week for Acting President Huh Chung's caretaker government. Everywhere, officials of...

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