Daniel Tudor is a Korea correspondent for The Economist and the author of “Korea: The Impossible Country.” He got his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and MBA from Manchester University. Tudor’s connection with Korea began in 2002 when he came to watch the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan. He was completely swept away by the country’s culture of enjoyment and moved by the warmth of the people, which all then made him determined to settle down in Korea. In 2010, Tudor came back to Korea as a Korea correspondent for the Economist. At the moment he writes articles on South Korea and North Korea from Seoul for the Economist. Tudor has also expressed his love for Korea by publishing his book ‘Korea: The Impossible Country,’ with the hope of raising awareness on the broad history of Korea and dispelling misconceptions about Korea that Western people often have in common. The book includes history, culture, democracy, sexual equality and all other social issues that Korea currently faces and for that, Tudor had more than forty in depth interviews with Korean people including Soccer Coach Hong Myung-bo (the team captain of the 2002 World Cup), the Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon, Actor Choi Min-shik (the leading actor from “Oldboy”), Poet Ko-un, Cambridge Professor Jang Ha-jun and legendary Guitarist Shin Jung-hyeon. Furthermore, Park Jin-young, a big shot of the entertainment industry and founder of JYP Entertainment commented on the critical nature of the book but also on Tudor's concurrent warm tone towards Korea that is evident throughout the book.
On Heart to Heart, Daniel Tudor is here with us to talk about his life in Korea as well as today’s Korean culture and life that he is experiencing.