By Daniel Tudor
"Daniel Tudor has an outstanding figuring out 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 frequently misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, a critically-acclaimed selection of tales portraying the Korean experience
For each fan of K-Pop song, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or someone intrigued via 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 global Cup whilst South Korea performed Italy within the finals. What he observed encouraged him to come and paintings in Korea. He served as The Economist magazine's Korea correspondent for 3 years, and he writes typical columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the best way, he has built a good love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.
A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition advisor for the web age. filled with articles and images, 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 expertise; and emblems and practices which are notably Korean. a couple of chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with awareness to the celebrities, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer contains 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're so keen about schooling and success—Tudor has created the proper e-book for the starting to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i
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There were just 800,000 Korean Protestants in 1958, but two million ten years later; there are 11 million now. Catholicism did not grow as rapidly, but it did also increase its presence: they number around three million today. Fervency and Politicking Christianity in Korea—particularly Protestantism—can polarize opinion. Korean Protestants tend to be fervent and vocal about their religion, with preachers sometimes haranguing passers-by on the street. ” When visiting Korea, do not be surprised if complete strangers come up to you and ask you to go to their church.
MODERN KOREA 51 Korea, The Land of 10,000 Coffee Shops: Cafe culture with a vengeance One thing that visitors to Korea always remark upon is the huge number of coffee shops in this country. Particularly in major cities like Seoul, Busan, and Daejeon, there will be several on each block. The four largest chains have over 2,000 outlets in Seoul between them. Caffe Bene American behemoths like Starbucks are everywhere. But the real lord of the beans in Korea is Kim Seon-kwon, founder of local outfit Caffe Bene.
Traditionally, hanbok was big, loose-fitting, and modest; in the case of female hanbok, one could say it was deliberately designed to be un-sexy. These days, however, there are haute couture designers like Lee Younghee, who make short-skirted hanbok. Below A lady in royal hanbok. Note the difference in color and complexity between her outfit and the hanbok of the fellow on the left. 37 38 A GEEK IN KOREA A game of nol-ttwigi, in which participants jump up and down on see-saws, performing back flips and other acrobatic stunts.