A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asia's New Kingdom of Cool by Daniel Tudor

By Daniel Tudor

"Daniel Tudor has a superb knowing of up to date South Korea and an aptitude for storytelling. His narrative of the nation's panorama is an earnest, investigative story that seeks to undercover the reality approximately this frequently misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, critically-acclaimed choice of tales portraying the Korean experience

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. choked with articles and images, it covers the entire touchstones of Korean culture—from Buddhism and Confucianism to chapters at the conventional arts and disciplines like Taekwondo. There are chapters on cultural code phrases and norms; own relationships; company and know-how; and emblems and practices which are specifically Korean. a few chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with recognition to the celebs, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer encompasses a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different areas of remarkable interest.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so passionate about schooling and success—Tudor has created the appropriate ebook for the transforming into ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative advisor.

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One can sometimes see celebrities on TV with tape measures held up to their heads, in demonstration of their fantastically tiny facial dimensions. Those with big faces (and indeed, big heads) are considered rather ugly. 47 Doesn’t he look handsome! As for my friend Rob, he was much happier after finding out that he had been complimented. But then he wondered, why was this person—another man—saying it to him? In Korea, it is common to praise people for their looks, even in circumstances that may seem inappropriate to those from other countries (though please note, it is often simply said out of politeness).

Left Many men are also having plastic surgery these days. ” 50 A GEEK IN KOREA Being a Foreigner in korea: A question of Personal space Korea is becoming quite individualistic these days. But compared to the Western world, the concept of personal space is still noticeably weaker. This can be related to jeong culture, and the desire to build up close relations with people. Korea is a group-oriented society, where people like to do things together rather than alone. Thus, there is a lot more touchy-feely-ness in Korea than in my own country.

Confucianism is not a religion like Buddhism, but it does offer guidance on how people should live. Particularly, it is concerned with how people behave in relation to each other, in order to promote a harmonious society. In a Confucian society, one must uphold certain obligations: the practice of ren, the humane treatment of others; li, the correct observance of important social rituals, such as funerals, or even the preparation of tea; and xiao, or filial piety. The last was the most important of all.

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