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Old and New Cultures in Modern Korean Society (Part 1) Posted by on Nov 17, 2021

When I first moved to the States, I worked for a Korean company for a brief moment. A couple of young co-workers often complained about senior customers who were seemingly rude to them. They believed that people who left Korea in the ’70s were easily stuck in the 70s mindset. I didn’t know what exactly…

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2021 Chuseok Amid Pandemic Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

추석 (Chuseok) is one of the big holidays in Korea. Chuseok will be on the 21st of September this year since Koreans use the lunar calendar system. This is the second year that Koreans face unusual 민족대명절 (min-jok-dae-myeong-jeol: national holidays) amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  Traditionally, 민족 대이동 (min-jok-dae-ee-dong: national migration) occurs during this holiday season…

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Foreign Residents in Korea Posted by on Jun 29, 2021

In 2021, over 51 million people are living in South Korea. Over 2 million are 외국인 (wei-gook-in: foreigners). Among them, over 1 million live in the capital city, Seoul.      When I was young, I grew up in a town where I didn’t see many foreigners. Although I know that there always have been…

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Mental Health in South Korea Posted by on Jun 16, 2021

Have you heard of a competition for doing nothing? Yes, it is a real event in South Korea. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/22/screen-addicted-south-koreans-compete-in-space-out-contest)     A Korean artist 주최하다 (joo-choi-hah-dah: host) 멍때리기 (mung-dde-ri-gi: space out) competition since 2014. The participants literally do nothing for 90 minutes. They are not allowed to talk, sleep, eat or use electric devices. The…

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