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KOREAN WAR, 60 YEARS LATER: South Koreans grateful
Many went on to dominate Hollywood and television.
By almost any measure, the Korean War seems rich soil for American storytelling.
Alford finds the storytelling void in Korea puzzling because "war films are, with notable exceptions, seldom about the violent conflict between two nation states' worldviews and more often a sympathetic analysis of how warfare defines American values."
Baby Boom generation a group who had no memories of either World War II or Korea. For many of that generation, Vietnam and the effort to avoid it was the defining experience of their lives.
Hollywood was more interested in the war that followed, Gillon says.
"Strangely, the Korean War has not functioned as the New Balance Slip On Mens
Yet the conflict has gone largely ignored in American pop culture. Aside from MASH and a handful of books and films, the war remains in a narrative haze, particularly compared with stories from World War II, Vietnam and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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"For one, the films emerging from the war simply weren't that good," he says of a spate of forgettable movies that included 1952's Japanese War Bride and 1953's Battle Circus. "Hollywood spent the better part of the '40s churning out war films, and the lack of imagination and inventiveness in Korean War films may simply result from imaginative exhaustion."
The stakes also paled compared with WWII, says Steven Gillon, resident historian for the History Channel and history professor at the University of Oklahoma.
wellspring of Hollywood's approach to reconfirming" American heroism, says Steven Alford, film lecturer and professor of humanities at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
"Korea lacked the grand ambitions of World War II and the vivid images that Vietnam produced," he says. "Americans will always celebrate and embrace World War II as the great war fought by 'the Greatest Generation.' Because of the nature of the wars, and the way they ended, Americans have been less willing to embrace Korea and Vietnam. We remember Vietnam more because it was so recent and because it was such a searing experience for the generation coming of age in the 1960s."
"The same generation that fought in World War II also fought in Korea," he says. "It was the first 'limited war' of the nuclear age. It ended in a stalemate and left Americans divided. There were no victory parades, no celebrations of the triumph of good over evil. Most Americans of that generation preferred to remember the earlier war."
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More than 5.7 million American troops were engaged, resulting in more than 33,000 combat deaths and another 92,000 injuries. It marked the first armed, global conflict between democracy and communism in what would be known as the Cold War. The war technically never ended, as North and South Korea maintain an uneasy truce along the 38th parallel on the Korean Peninsula.
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"Vietnam has overshadowed Korea for a variety of reasons," he says. "It was the first war fought largely by the New Balance 2018 Women's
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