The Koreans' native ability to grasp a homely fact is indicated in a line from one of their love songs:
Arirang, Arirang, my love is going over
Before he has gone ten li, his feet will
It has not escaped most Koreans, after a year of marching into the era of peace and independence, that their feet are indeed hurting. For half a century they suffered under the hated Japanese. With "liberation" came a dream of freedom. But then their country was divided by two governments, the Russian in the north and the U.S. in the south;...