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Print Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (November 10, 2012)
Publication Date: November 10, 2012
This book could have been a Wikipedia sort of book or a travel guide type of book but it works at being none of that but being helpful and a good companion from travelling. The guide touches on the everlasting and the mundane in five fascinating sections:
1- Foundations: We all are presented with a quick analysis of the most influential religions in Korea (Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism) and the specific forms that Capitalism and Democracy take in that country.
2- Cultural Codes: We immerse ourselves into those beliefs, means of being and attitudes that will make Koreans who they are: Jeong, Chemyon, Han, Heung, competition, along with neophilia.
3- Cold Reality, centers on those aspects of life that make the functioning of society possible but aren't as exciting as others: politics, business, work, marriage, studying and being fluent in British.
4- Inside the hours not spent working: eating, drinking, music, cinema, and the living room will be the subject of this section.
5- More of Us and Less of them, analyses Korean attitudes towards and also the, gays, women, and the many faces of Korean language nationalism.
The book is preceded by short historical introduction. Nothing boring, it is short and sweet, very informative and a good summary of the Background of Korea. Lots of historical details are also found in each chapter when a historical background is needed. The epilogue is a quick summary of what Tudor discusses throughout the guide, that is, what makes Koreans a remarkable region and the challenges that Korea has and needs to face in the changing world we reside in.
Tudor is basically an economist and there are plenty of statistics and business and economical recommendations in the book. Nevertheless, they add to the overall believability of the book.
I love that one may read the chapters separately if one wants, as they are complete in themselves, making the guide very versatile and practical.
I didn't find any typo available, something really cool.
> > > Two of the key absentees in the book are Korea's working classes and rural dwellers, who are barely mentioned. Korea is a very urban country. I get that, but I might have liked having a lttle bit of more history on rural areas and rural culture and see how they vary from the urban Korea delete word. On the other hand, the working class is hardly mentioned, and I might have liked to know more about them as well. Are their interests, challenges and obsessions the same as those people who would send their children to an Us University and have plastic surgery to look better in their resumé?
> > > There is a total lack of Korean books, theatre and visual arts regarding painting, sculpture and experimental visual arts and artists in section 4. Korea has a vibrant literary scene, a picture where women are taking over and are well-respected. Any kind of visual artists that is not part of the film industry...?
> > > One of the chapters I actually was looking forward to read is that on Korean language food. One can find a list of typical Korean dishes everywhere, so I expected this chapter to go over and above that and offer a lttle bit of depth about Korean language culinary culture. Tudor really does so superficially. Some of the questions that interest me and aren't mentioned are: Which hours do they eat in the day? Is their main dinner in the morning, midday or evening? Is there a foodie culture in Korea as we have it in Western nations around the world? Is eating out expensive? Perform Korean have a strong street food culture as other Asian countries? Will everyone cook at home these days or is still a women's activity? Which distinctions do you see in food eating according to social classes in Korea? Is there a " vernacular" tea culture in Korea? Do they love programs like MasterChef? Which foreign foods do they love the most? I do believe Tudor knows all of this plus more, so I would love have loved that sort of information commented on, even if lightly. Perhaps in the new edition of the book?
Some of the things Tudor claims about Korean can be seen also in Western Europe, USA and Sydney, so I wonder whether those are specifically Korean language, and in which ways they are specifically Korean language. For example:
> Yummy mummies who don't work using their children's achievements to enhance their own egos and, therefore, push their kids unnecessarily for their own sake are everywhere.
> The obsession with technology. Yes, sure, Korean movements faster than other nations around the world in the world of gadgets, but you find similar obsessions with gadgets and technology in many Western countries. there are many people camping out outside their local Apple company store before the start of a new gadget or new version of a gadget to get it.
> Gay actors who keep in the closet not to destroy their careers. Certainly, gay people have a brighter life in the Western World (Western European countries especially) but, where I actually live, there are constant items of news on TV about people being abused, bullied or marginalised because they are gay and lesbian. The Australian ex-swimmer Ian Thorpe, had depression, openly denied being guy, wrote a biography in which he denied it, and when he came away of the closet said that he had retained it secret out of fear because he did not know if his country would accept him. Likewise in Australia, a pop singer Anthony Callea kept his gay self hidden for work career purposes, he said, as most of his fans were female young adults. Naturally , nobody is making life difficult for them, but people who usually are famous have a more difficult day to day.
> The problem of the aging population and low birth rates. I cannot but concur with what Tudor claims, but this is not a typically Korean problem, as it affects most countries of Western European countries, Spain and Italy with one the lowest birth rates on earth and the population ageing at the speed of ageing: ).
I notice the modifying when the editing is not as good as it should be. I don't mean editing as in fixing typos and odd grammar sentences, I mean modifying as the proper job of editing a guide by professional editors.
> Tudor repeats himself very often, things are said over and over again in different chapters, sometimes in the same part, and it is not always necessary. Just one example, the per capita revenue of Koreans in the post-war era.
> At times the book reads like a blog, others like a paper article, and others as a proper book. That will is distracting to me personally and not good for any book.
> The " Unique Feature: Interview with Choi Min-sik" feels like a cut-&-paste from your blog or article added here. I actually don't know if that is the case, but it reads as a pastiche. The question that matters here is, is interview really relevant to know the film culture of Korea and necessary to be contained in the book? The answer is no.
> The data that Tudor uses for some references to religious practices relates to the nineties! Hello hello, 2016 phoning. I wonder how correct the statistics were in 2012, when the guide was written, and today.
> The author mentions a few books and articles, but does not quote them properly I understand that the book is for the public, but including a footnote when an explicit guide is mentioned will not disturb the general human population, it is a issue of courtesy to the author mentioned, a professional backup for your reputation, and several readers could be thinking about that book or article. Just an example:
" In a paper on the influence of chemyon on Korean consumer culture, Yoosun Hann of the University of Illinois wrote that it was important “not to stand away, but to fit in” (pp. 112-113)
RENDERING FOR KINDLE
~~ The comprehensive final index is not rendered for Kindle, therefore, not associated, therefore, useless for Kindle users. Moreover, the quantity of pages relates to the printed edition. Cheat! Cheat! Cheat!
~~ If I get an e-book, I expect the book to have any website mentioned in the text out-linked.
After reading the book I was sure he is an expert on Korea. Why not including a list of must-read books and most respected sources on Korea?
I cannot highlight enough how much I enjoyed this guide and how much I actually recommend it to anyone who wants to know about Korea. However , the book is not polished enough, and some areas and social groups are certainly not mentioned or barely so., Tudor achieves a sweeping overview of South Korea that provides Westerners just enough information to feel as if Korea isn't completely foreign. His emphasis centers on business and culture, though he covers background food and other subjects. I might have liked to have a new chapter to read about current and future military aspects, such as North and South Korea's cyber war capabilities, but there are plenty of other books that cover those topics. Overall it was enjoyable and academic., Definitely in my top five books for East Oriental background culture! Daniel Tudor is an excellent journalist with a lot of valuable insights into East Oriental current events in common, but he knocks it out of the park with this one. I'm an international relations major with a focus on Eastern Asia, and this is the first book I actually recommend for anyone looking to find out about Korean modern society and history. Tudor features Korean history just enough to describe cultural habits and phenomenons, but never too much. He'll attract on Korean words once in a while, so the reader can have a quick come across with Hangul. Your dog is a phenomenal writer generally, and that shines through here. A gem for anyone looking to understand Korea and the Miracle on the Han in a deeper sense!, From both a pure historical and business perspective, I found this book to be essential with respect to better comprehending the people, culture, and on the ground ways business is done.
I actually work for one of the most significant companies in Korea. I understand more and have adjusted my style a lttle bit to accomplish more.
The book does focus on the upper middle class to more wealthier part of society so there's a lttle bit of skew and inadvertently some stereotypical commentary that doesn't represent the whole country.
Overall, excellent read and recommended., This specific book analyzed and described Korea pretty accurately. Daniel Tudor provides an interesting analysis on Korean and Korean culture based on Han, Jeong, and Heung, which Koreans think unique to themselves. He also accurately described the variation between Koreans and Chinese language as well as Koreans and Japaneses even though Korean culture was heavily influenced by both nations around the world.
Not only bright side of Korean language cultures and last 5 decades, but also dark aspect of current Korea are depicted in this guide pretty unbiased manner.
If you related Korean such as second generation Korean-American, or Korean language companies like Samsung and LG, I feel that this guide is must read., The book is not hard to read with lots of interesting facts. Some of the more shocking to me personally:
Koreans are crazy about learning British to this kind of extent that some parents do surgical treatments for their kids so that they can more easily twist their tongues for better pronunciation
Money spent on learning English exceed operating income of Samsung Conglomerate
Korean eat more alcohol then any other country on average!
Nice short summary of history of the country in the first part. Neat description of collectivism and their cultural derivatives.
Interesting country and both equally good presentation
It really is suited for people who would like not only to get a description of certain social phenomena but additionally get a rational explanation at the rear of.
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