By Daniel Tudor
"Daniel Tudor has a very good realizing of up to date South Korea and an inherent ability for storytelling. His narrative of the nation's panorama is an earnest, investigative story that seeks to undercover the reality approximately this usually misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, a critically-acclaimed number of tales portraying the Korean experience
For each fan of K-Pop track, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or somebody intrigued by way of Korea and Korean culture—A Geek in Korea is a hip, new consultant to the land of the Samsung cellphone and Psy.
Author Dan Tudor first arrived in Korea at the eve of the 2002 global Cup whilst South Korea performed Italy within the finals. What he observed encouraged him to come back and paintings in Korea. He served as The Economist magazine's Korea correspondent for 3 years, and he writes general columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the way in which, he has built an exceptional love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.
A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. choked with articles and pictures, 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; enterprise and know-how; and logos and practices which are specially Korean. a couple of chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with realization to the celebs, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer features 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 enthusiastic about schooling and success—Tudor has created the ideal ebook for the becoming ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i
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The Enduring Influence oF Confucianism in Korea Especially after the inception of the Joseon Dynasty in 1392, Confucianism came to have great influence on Korean culture. This system of moral philosophy is an import though, having originated from the teachings of Confucius (Gong Fuzi), in ancient China. 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.
With the exception of East Timor, it is the country with the highest proportion of churchgoers in Asia. Korea is also second only to the US in the export of Christian missionaries. Catholic inroads Catholicism began to make inroads into Korea in the 17th and 18th centuries. Korean scholars based in China began studying Catholic texts, and bringing them back to their homeland. Prominent figures like scholar and reformer Dasan Jeong Yak-yong were among those who began deeply studying the incoming religion.
But that isn’t the only awkward question you might hear from a new acquaintance. On many occasions, people I have just met have wanted to know my religion. ” by folks I barely know. This is particularly true for Westerners in Korea, as there is a widespread suspicion (usually correct, truth be told) that they are overpaid in comparison to locals. Do You Have A Girlfriend? Are You Christian? ” If you say “No” again, then you may hear a pitying, “Ah, never mind, you’ll meet someone soon”—or even get a detailed description of another singleton they know, someone whom you “really should” meet.