By Daniel Tudor
"Daniel Tudor has a great realizing of latest 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 choice of tales portraying the Korean experience
For each fan of K-Pop tune, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or a person intrigued by way of Korea and Korean culture—A Geek in Korea is a hip, new advisor to the land of the Samsung telephone and Psy.
Author Dan Tudor first arrived in Korea at the eve of the 2002 international Cup while 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 usual 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. jam-packed 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 logos and practices which are chiefly Korean. a few chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with realization to the celebrities, 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 remarkable interest.
Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they are so enthusiastic about schooling and success—Tudor has created the suitable e-book for the turning out to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i
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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). One Korean executive tells me, “I’d just got back from abroad, and went straight to an investment conference here in Seoul.
One will see old men and women swaying from side to side, waving their arms in the air, with jovial grins etched on their faces as they sing along. TRADITIONAL KOREA Dano are very popular with older people. This old lady plays on a swing, another feature of Dano. Eumjugamu: Fun, Fun, Fun! Nol-ttwigi participants are usually women. Legend has it that the game was invented by yangban women who wanted to see the world beyond the walls of their home. During the Joseon Dynasty, the role of the woman was often simply that of a housewife.
Go to Gwanghwamun (Seoul’s downtown area) or Yeouido, the location of the national assembly, and you will never fail to see people waving banners and shouting about some perceived injustice. 2008, the “Summer of Protest” On the left, there are growing numbers of anti-globalization protestors, trade unionists fighting job cuts at large chaebol conglomerates, and those who oppose just about anything American (the KoreaUS Free Trade Agreement, or the construction of military bases, for instance). In 2008’s “summer of protest,” disparate opponents of conservative president Lee Myung-bak banded together to bring hundreds of thousands of people pouring into downtown Seoul, every night.
A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asian's New Kingdom of Cool by Daniel Tudor