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Answering Kennedy's Call: Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines Paperback – February 26, 2011
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Taking his discharge in Seoul he established one of the first advertising agencies in that country and spent nine years filing news reports for the CBS radio network. (In this 1974 photo he is interviewing former president Yun Po Sun, put under house arrest by President Park Chung Hee for criticizing his harsh regime.)
After 13 years in Seoul, Stickler and his wife, fine artist Soma Han, and their two boys returned to the States, settling in California. Purchasing a national business magazine, he began a career of publishing, editing, freelance writing and corporate public relations. During the 1990s he began writing books for Fodor's, Berlitz, and the Asian Sources Media Group in Hong Kong. For several years he was editor and publisher of The Mature Traveler, a national newsletter. In 2003 John and Soma joined forces with Shen's Books to publish Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now. The title was subsequently selected by Skipping Stones Magazine for one of its annual Honor Awards.
They teamed up again in to write and illustrate Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale. It is a story originally told to the Han family by Soma's grandmother. It was published by Tuttle in 2012 and in 2014 was awarded an international Morning Calm Medal, voted #1 by students at international schools across South Korea.
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The overriding impression one gets from reading them all is that the experience was life altering, life altering in a very positive and long lasting manner. The writers remember with great fondness the Filipinos they lived and worked with, they cherish the way the experience opened their minds to other cultures and modes of life, and they credit it with having a determining effect on how they spent the next 5 decades of their lives. The only regret they have is the feeling (perhaps unjustly, in my mind) that they did too little for the Philippines in exchange for these great blessings.
Answering Kennedy's Call is going to change the way future historians write about the early days of the Peace Corps. For a half century those days have been portrayed in a manner that lionizes the founding fathers and spends little time examining their work. The essays, even those of the staff members, are almost unanimous in damning the `non-job' of `teacher aide' to which almost all were assigned, the irrelevant training programs they endured, the destructiveness of the psychological testing process, and the lack of support provided once at their sites. Surely, future `creation' stories will have to take into account the fact that early programs, at least the ones in the Philippines, were badly flawed.Read more ›