By Daniel Tudor
Author Dan Tudor first arrived in Korea at the eve of the 2002 international Cup whilst South Korea performed Italy within the finals. What he observed encouraged him to come back and paintings in Korea. He served as The Economist magazine's Korea correspondent for 3 years, and he writes usual columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the best way, he has constructed an outstanding love and admiration for Korean tradition and the Korean people.
A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. jam-packed with 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.
Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they are so enthusiastic about schooling and success—Tudor has created the precise ebook for the turning out to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative guide.
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There's a observe which may describe the type of enjoyable that these previous humans have at a Dano pageant: eumjugamu. Eumjugamu skill “drinking, making a song, and dancing,” and notwithstanding it's not anything Koreans frequently glance on with satisfaction, it's a huge a part of the nationwide tradition. Koreans are recognized for his or her han (a form of deep depression and resentment), yet there's additionally a large amount of natural, for-the-heck-of-it entertainment to be discovered right here too. the standard technique of expressing it really is via eumjugamu—by making a song in noraebang (karaoke) rooms, dancing in public parks, or indulging in natsul (daytime drinking), for example. Koreans this day dwell demanding lives, with lengthy operating hours and incessant social strain to prevail. which means possibilities to easily break away have gotten fewer and less. And additionally, many imagine eumjugamu unsophisticated—not least the tourism specialists, preferring to target both K-pop or conventional arts and crafts while selling the rustic. i locate this a disgrace. Eumjugamu is among the most enticing elements of Korean existence. A Ganggangsullae circle dance, initially a strenuous song-anddance spectacle played by way of single girls. nowadays, Ganggangsullae is extra the defend of the middle-aged and aged, at Dano and different kingdom fairs. In days passed by, lyrics will be sung that criticized the social order, or eastern colonial rule. 39 40 A GEEK IN KOREA Hanok: the normal Korean domestic The hanok is a standard single-story condominium, built of uncomplicated fabrics like wooden, stone, and clay. It has slatted wood doorways, that are lined with taken care of mulberry paper (hanji), making them breathable yet water resistant. Classically, the roof of a wealthy man’s hanok was once tiled, while the negative needed to make do with thatch. Social superiors similar to yangban aristocrats additionally lived at greater altitude than the negative, so that they may possibly actually glance down upon all people else from their hanoks. preferably, one might construct one’s hanok with a mountain to the again, and a river to the front—this is in response to an historic geomantic precept referred to as baesanimsu. however the layout of the hanok itself greatly varies by means of area. within the less warm north, they're often developed in a sq. formation, with a courtyard within the heart; this conserves warmth, and contrasts with the extra open “L” form present in the south of the peninsula. The Decline of the Hanok Koreans therefore started to see the hanok as backward. Even in rural cities, the place there's less have to stack humans on most sensible of one another, house dwelling has turn into the norm. by means of the flip of the millennium, there have been purely approximately 10,000 hanoks left within the entire nation. Korean architects seemed those houses—which they themselves grew up in after which left behind—as a curious relic of the prior. regrettably, the sunrise of commercial Korea intended the near-death of the hanok. Urbanization in Korea intended high-density, high-rise residing— anything that single-story hanoks can't offer. And for citizens, residences provided comfort.