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

By Daniel Tudor

"Daniel Tudor has an excellent 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, a critically-acclaimed choice of tales portraying the Korean experience

For each fan of K-Pop tune, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or somebody intrigued by means 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 ordinary columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the best way, he has built a very good love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition advisor for the net age. full of articles and pictures, it covers all of the 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 principally Korean. a couple of 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 incorporates a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different areas of exceptional 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 correct e-book for the transforming into ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i

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The hahm was handled with care, and if the family were wealthy enough, it would even be conveyed by servants. Over the years though, hahm-selling turned into a raucous evening activity. ” (“please buy hahm”) in the street outside the bride’s home. They also sing songs to ward off bad spirits. There is a group leader, the hahmjinabi, who carries the hahm on his back, and believe it or not, wears a squid on his face, as a mask. When the group reach the bride’s home, the hahmjinabi’s job is to negotiate a generous payment for the hahm.

It may surprise you to know that the most popular religion now is Christianity, but Buddhism and even traditional shamanism still both have many adherents. Buddhism and shamanism even blend into each other, to a large extent. And some shamanists even follow Jesus Christ. To add to this mix, Christianity itself— a Western import—has been “Koreanized” in many ways. To talk about belief systems in Korea though, we cannot ignore Confucianism. As we shall see, Confucianism is not actually a religion.

One chain though, The Coffee Bean, makes a point of not offering Wi-Fi, or electricity outlets. A manager at one of their stores told me that this is to preserve the social atmosphere of the space. 52 A GEEK IN KOREA DEMOCRACY AND DEMONSTRATIONS Protest! Protest! Protest! Historic Background Modern Korean protest culture was born out of student opposition to military dictatorship. Student protestors brought down Syngman Rhee in April 1960. And as President Park Chung-hee (who ruled from 1961 to 1979) became more authoritarian in the 1970s, a university-based movement for democratization started to build again.

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