In approximately 9,000 words York Prep Senior Haewon Lee vividly portrays a chapter in history that many Americans probably know little to nothing about. In her essay, “Breaking Open the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ From the Dissolution of Joseon to the Splintering of Korea by Foreign Influence,” Haewon provides clear historical and ideological background information on Korea before explaining the ways in which Korea was affected by foreign influence at the start of the 20th century. She has done such a great job of collecting research and acquainting readers with details on the rise and fall of the “Hermit Kingdom,” that her essay has been selected for the 2017 Spring issue of the Concord Review.
The only academic journal in the world dedicated to publishing the work of secondary students, the Concord Review is a quarterly magazine that selects monographs on history topics from high school students from any country, as long as they are in English. York Prep is extremely excited that one of our own has been selected for inclusion in this publication and wants to congratulate her on such an amazing achievement. All of those who are interested can read an abstract of her essay here. To get the full essay check out the Concord when it comes out in the first week of March!