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By Daniel Tudor

"Daniel Tudor has an exceptional figuring out 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, critically-acclaimed selection of tales portraying the Korean experience

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant 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; company and know-how; and emblems and practices which are principally Korean. a few chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with recognition to the celebrities, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer features a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different locations of exceptional interest.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so keen about schooling and success—Tudor has created the precise e-book for the growing to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative advisor.

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If you say “No” again, then you may hear a pitying, “Ah, never mind, you’ll meet someone soon”—or even get a detailed description of another singleton they know, someone whom you “really should” meet. ” And if you try to change the subject, don’t be too shocked if you are met with further questions. It is a similar story when it comes to religion. I was surprised at first when people would look me in the eye very earnestly, and say, “I am a Christian. ) For me, this is the most awkward question of all.

TRADITIONAL KOREA Pottery Korean ceramics have a 10,000 year history, so it is no surprise that this country produces quality pottery. Probably the best known type is Koryo Cheongja, which has a highly distinctive green celadon glaze, and sometimes featured elaborate styling and animal motifs. During the Joseon era, tastes were more austere and simple, elegant, white-glazed ceramics came into vogue. During the Japanese invasions of 1592–1598, master potters were abducted and sent to Japan. Their artistic descendants produced the famed Satsuma porcelain.

Whatever you think of this kind of advertising, it is hard not to marvel at the skill of the surgeon… 48 A GEEK IN KOREA Boys IN THE LIMELIGHT: The rise of the pretty-boy If you’ve ever watched Korean movies from the 1960s, you’ll be familiar with Shin Seong-il. He was the leading man of the era, appearing in such classics of the time as Barefoot Youth and Early Rain. He was known for playing macho characters who would bounce from bars to street fights to women’s bedrooms, usually with a cigarette dangling from his lips.

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