Korea Essays

Personal Experience with Children from Divorced Families

Two years ago, I was teaching young Korean children ages 8 to 11. Before I started teaching, I was briefly explained about the behaviour of several children by their tutors. A couple of them were from divorced families. I had a difficulty in handling one particular child called J, who was 11 years old at that time. According to his tutor, his parents were divorced recently and as a result, he enrolled in this school. I did not know the…

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Collectivism Vs. Individualism

The research to examine the cultural norms of Korea as compared to that of US, is based on two particular core dimensions: United States as an individualistic country, and Korea as a collectivistic country. In fact, this is the first thing that comes to mind, knowing that collectivism vs individualism is a major characteristic that differentiates these two countries. Lifestyle and living arrangements In a study by Lee and Ro Um (1992), it is discussed about the major difference between…

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South Korea

Seoul is the capital of South Korea with a population of 10,297,004 (one fourth of the total national population) as of the end of 2005. The total area of Seoul is 605. 52 square kilometers, which is only 0. 6% of the country’s total area. . The Hangang River divides the city into two parts: the northern part (called Gangbuk) and the southern part (Gangnam). The Gangbuk area totals 297. 97 square kilometers while Gangnam is 307. 55 square kilometers….

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Korean Music

Traditional Korean music includes both the folk, vocal, religious and ritual music styles of the Korean people. Korean music, along with arts, painting, and sculpture has been practiced since prehistoric times. Two distinct musical cultures exist in Korea today: traditional music (Gugak) and Western music (yangak). Korean Folk music Korean folk music is varied and complex, but all forms maintain a set of rhythms (called Jangdan) and a loosely defined set of melodic modes. Because the folk songs of various…

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Taking the Cultural Plunge_ My Trip to Korea

I have always loved traveling. Since I was seven years old, I have pretty much been brought by my family on their business trips and would extend their stay so that we could be able to go around the city. It always gives me fond memories and me become more open minded about the world and other cultures. I always looked forward to the summer months since it meant that I would be going out of the country again. But…

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Marriage and Divorce in Colonial Korea

The article “Where Boys Were Kings, a Shift Toward Baby Girls” from The New York Times relays to readers the significant and profound changes in Korean society in relation to preference of female children over their male counterparts in Korean families.  In Korea, preference for boys is a centuries old custom and was rooted in part in an agrarian society that relied on sons to do the difficult work on family farms.  Men were also accorded special status because they…

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Eisenhower’s Shall I Go to Korea

Eisenhower gave an indication of his foreign policy in his inaugural address and promised to follow the policy of internationalism of Roosevelt and Truman. Though he openly denounced the policy of appeasement-he said that,” The vital lesson is this: To vacillate, to appease, and to placate is only to invite war-vaster war-bloodier war. In the words of the late Senior [Arthur H. ] Vandenberg, appeasement is not the road to peace; it is only surrender on the installment plan. I…

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Moving to a New Country

People move to an other country for many reasons: to escape from their exausting routine, a career change, health purpose, but for me it was as part of an University exchange. I’m a moroccan student who live in South Korea since August 2012, and I was suprised of some aspects of this country. I had some experiences that bring me to ask myself new questions and even let me confused sometimes. In fact, there are three things that impressed me…

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The Korean Wave_ the Seoul of Asia

The main issue that was being discussed in this article is the effect of Korean wave for cultural influence on neighboring countries and how national identity impacts framing processes related to media coverage and public response. South Korea was known for its negative images such as the Korean wars, cycles of poverty and political instability. However, Korean wave has been successful in diminished the entire negative images due to trendy entertainers, new technology and the image of contemporary South Korean…

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Religious and Racial Discrimination in South Korea

In August 2008, Buddhists from South Korea held a protest against Pro-Christian bias in the government of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Followers of Buddhism showed their discontent against Lee Myung-bak’s favoring Christians. The Chief Executive likewise received criticism for placing Christians in his Cabinet and choice spots (Kwang, 2008). The Buddhist protest began in June when the Ministry of Transportation scrapped Buddhist temples from electronic maps of South Korea’s public transport system. Compounding this hatred is the inspection of…

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The Effects of Confucianism in Japan and Korea

Confucianism, as one may know, originated from China. It is regarded more as a way of life rather than a religion. Founded by Confucius during the 6th century B. C. , it has made a huge impact on the spiritual and political life of early China. The practice includes five major points or practices, namely: the ren which equates to humaneness or benevolence, the li which tackles ritualistic norms, the zhong, which sees the importance of one’s loyalty to his…

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National Concern – North Korea

‘What do you think is the most important international concern right now? ‘ Out of curiosity, I conducted a small survey and asked that very question to people on the streets. As I expected, most of them revealed it was the conflicts in North Korea. There are many ways to describe North Korea. It is a country under a dictator leadership, a country with a very serious poverty problem, and a country that recently became notorious with its defense for…

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The Best K Pop Group

Now day’s Korean wave struck the world, including Malaysia. Whether their cloth, drama, food, variety show, and the music. What can I say is all items from korea will get response from people all over the world. it is a symptom of Korean wave. But did you know why all of this happens and why from day to day it is more spread? Actually the leader of Korean wave is their idol group or better known as k-pop group. They…

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Religious Groups in South Korea

As mentioned above, the two most dominant religions in South Korea are Buddhism and Christianity. However, many South Koreans do not practice one religion and they usually integrate various religious beliefs (Peterson, n. d). Confucianism is quite popular in Korean society compared to any organized religion. It originated from China as early as 2,000 years ago. Its philosophies are integrated in the morals and society of South Korea. It can be seen in practices like prioritizing education and respecting elders…

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Korea & Art

Korea is back then was heavily influenced by China particularly with China’s introduction of Buddhism to Korea. This had a very deep political, cultural and religious influence in the country. Art in Korea from the 1st to the 3rd century A. D. was mostly ceramics and sculpture. This was due to the introduction of the Potter’s wheel to the country. This was during the same time that iron technology was introduced to the country as well. Containers shaped like birds…

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