A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asia's New Kingdom of Cool by Daniel Tudor

By Daniel Tudor

"Daniel Tudor has a superb knowing 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 usually misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, critically-acclaimed number of tales portraying the Korean experience

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. jam-packed 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 logos and practices which are in particular 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 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 enthusiastic about schooling and success—Tudor has created the suitable booklet for the becoming ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative advisor.

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To me, it is as though Korean celebrities are trying to take what they believe as the best of all worlds. MODERN KOREA Small Face, Big Happiness “You have a small face! ” This is what Rob, a friend of mine from Britain, was told by a Korean acquaintance. Rob was taken aback by this sudden pronouncement. A look of self-conscious puzzlement came over his features. Was he being mocked? He instinctively raised his hands and began prodding at his cheeks, nose, and forehead. In Korea though, small faces and pale skin are considered highly attractive.

As with any country, Korea has a whole host of matrimonial traditions. The one I find most interesting is the selling of hahm prior to the wedding. The selling of hahm has very formal origins. The groom’s family would prepare a motherof-pearl inlaid hahm (box) filled with cloth, and send it to the bride’s family home. The hahm was handled with care, and if the family were wealthy enough, it would even be conveyed by servants. Over the years though, hahm-selling turned into a raucous evening activity.

Middle left Ssireum wrestlers in action. Middle right Drawing of ancient Traditional Taekwondo. Above Son Tae-jin winning Taekwondo gold at the SportAccord Games in Beijing, 2010. Korea of course still produces such champions, but the national sport is now so globalized that winners come from all over the world. TRADITIONAL KOREA 43 Taekkyeon This is an ancient martial art that predates the nation of Korea itself. Practitioners keep in continual motion, almost dancing around the ring, and use a seemingly endless variety of kicks, throws, knees, locks, and even head butts— although the latter are banned in competition.

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