There are some expats in Korea who really have a handle on things when it comes to writing about Korea like Michael Breen.

In his weekly column for the Korea Times, Breen always provides readers with an insightful analysis of contemporary Korean society. He’s an old Korean hand and he knows Korea quite well.

Breen is also the author of The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies. It’s a must-read book for anyone interested in modern Korean society whether you are in Korea now or planning to come here in the future. Few foreigners have a better understanding of modern Korea than Breen who probably comes as close as an outsider can get to provide readers with a very engaging and enlightening exposé of contemporary Korean society.

I have had the opportunity to meet Breen a few times when I was writing for The Korea Times and I have always found talking to him to be very insightful. The last time I met him was a few years ago when I interviewed him right before his last book Kim Jong-Il: North Korea’s Dear Leader was published.