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Korea : the impossible country

Author: Daniel Tudor
Publisher: Tokyo ; Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle Publishing, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Daniel Tudor is a journalist who has lived in and written about Korea for almost a decade. Tudor examines Korea's cultural foundations; the Korean character; the public sphere in politics, business, and the workplace as well as the family, dating, and marriage. In doing so, he touches on topics as diverse as shamanism, clan-ism, the dilemma posed by North Korea, the myths about doing business in Korea, the Koreans'  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Tudor
ISBN: 9780804842525 0804842523
OCLC Number: 775406404
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 320 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
A brief history of Korea --
Part I: Foundations. Shamanism and the spirit world --
Buddhism --
Confucianism --
Christianity --
Capitalism with a Korean face --
Democracy: beyond Asian values --
Part II: Cultural codes. Jeong-the "invisible hug" --
Competition --
Chemyon, or face --
Han and Heung --
From clan to nuclear family --
Neophilia --
Part III: Hyun-shil: cold reality. North Korea: friend, for, or foreigner? --
Politics and the media --
Onward, industrial soldiers --
"More important than the business itself" --
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Perfect --
English mania --
Part IV: In the hours not spent working. Living space: from Hanok to apartment houses and back again --
Four seasons at the dinner table --
Cinema: boom, bust, and brilliance --
More than K-pop --
Work all day, stay out all night --
Part V: More of "us", less of "them". Defensive nationalism --
Multicultural Korea? --
"It's our turn" --
"We are not aliens, from another cosmos" --
A woman's place is in the office --
Epilogue: where is the champagne?
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Daniel Tudor is a journalist who has lived in and written about Korea for almost a decade. Tudor examines Korea's cultural foundations; the Korean character; the public sphere in politics, business, and the workplace as well as the family, dating, and marriage. In doing so, he touches on topics as diverse as shamanism, clan-ism, the dilemma posed by North Korea, the myths about doing business in Korea, the Koreans' renowned hard-partying ethos, and why the infatuation with learning English is now causing huge social problems.

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