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Transcript of Korea.
they are short and skinny
they have a strong thick accent
they love Kimchi
they like spicy foods
they are crazy about plastic surgery (5:15)
Koreans in the US are rich
they are good at video games
they are good at science and math
they are not interested in getting to know people outside of their culture
Stereotypes and Prejudices that Korean have toward non-Asians they are selfish
all Westerners are American and they speak English
they always wear shoes at home
they do not know how to use chopsticks
they do not like spicy foods
they eat unhealthy foods
Miscommunication Koreans are so rude!
Why do you Koreans refuse to talk to people from different countries?
Agreeing? or Disagreeing?
I am not a child!
Did you just call me a name? You are so rude! Content History/Origins
Language and Ways of Speaking
Nonverbal Communication and Behaviors
Interpersonal/Cultural Communication Norms
Holidays, Special Occasions, Significant Rituals/ Activities, Religion
Art, Entertainment, Crafts, Music, Dance, Film, Travel, and Recreation
Stereotypes, Prejudices, Media portrayals
Miscommunication with other groups History / Origins Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Population : 50,004,441 (2012 estimate)
Area : 38,691 sq mi
Official Language : Korean (Hangul)
Location : East Asia (South of Korean Peninsula)
Characteristics: 70% mountainous terrain. History / Origins Gojoseon in 2333 BC by Dangun
August, 1910 ~ August 15, 1945
Korea under Imperial Japanese rule
August 15, 1948
first structured government.
Korean War ( June 25, 1950 ~ July 27, 1953) Language/ Ways of Speaking Language/ Ways of Speaking Language/ Ways of Speaking Seoul dialect is standard language in Korea.
Korean or Hangul (in Korean)
Gangwon dialect: very slow, usually say ‘yo’ at the end.
Chungcheong dialect: very slow, soft and fluent, usually say ‘u-’ at the end.
Gyeongsang dialect: strong accent and short, sounds upset. Jeolla dialect : very fast, and it has ‘-ing’ sound at the end.
Jeju dialect : “@#$%#”, very different from other dialects in Korea. Language/ Ways of Speaking Language in the past
had language but no alphabet
only spoken language existed
highly educated people can write Korean words with Chinese alphabet.
First Alphabet, Hangul (in 1443)
created by Sejong the Great Language/ Ways of Speaking Characteristics
Don’t have perfect tense
Easy to read once you know the alphabet
drop the subject when they speak
EX) "Did you have lunch?" translates into Korean "had lunch?" Language/ Ways of Speaking Three different ways of speaking, depends on the receivers age and relationship
Informal language : between friends and those close in age
Formal language : to elder, or in first introduction
More formal language : much older elders/high order such as grandparents, chairman, president, etc. Nonverbal Communication & Behaviors Greeting: depends on situations
Bow : it is common in Korea. Usually, people who are younger than the other, lower their head.
Wave hands : if they are close to each other or the receiver is younger
Deep bow : performed in traditional ceremonies or to people who are very old.
Shake hands : business meeting or first meeting. TV shows and celebrities are always good conversation starters
Stay away from talking about jobs, politics or religion
Talking about personal things is a sign of intimacy Nonverbal Communication & Behaviors Eye contact
lack of eye contact between people of different gender, age, and social status
smiling at inappropriate times may be interpreted as not respectful, offensive.
Facial expressions & Gestures
not commonly used Nonverbal Communication & Behaviors Pointing elder with finger
Considered rude behavior. Should use their hand to indicate the person.
Receiving object from elder
Should use both hands.
EXAMPLE: when the professor is passing the papers, you should take it with your both hands.
In this FILM clip from the TV show LOST, pay close attention to how Sun receives objects from Jin's father Nonverbal Communication & Behaviors Dining manners
Don’t pick up your chopsticks or start eating before older person does.
Never stick your chopsticks in a bowl of rice and leave it standing in an upright position.
(because it’s performed in traditional ceremony for dead people) Interpersonal/Cultural Communication Norms Communication means intimacy to Koreans.
Because Koreans usually don’t talk to strangers.
Koreans usually ask to others they had breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Reflecting Koreans culture.
People usually jump into the topic right after the greeting.
People don’t like to waste time for talking about unnecessary things Interpersonal/Cultural Communication Norms Holidays New Yearʼs Day (1/1)*
Korean New Yearʼs Day (1/1 in lunar)*
Independence Movement Day (3/1)
Childrenʼs Day (5/5)
Buddhaʼs Birthday (4/8 in lunar)
Memorial Day (6/6)
Constitution Day (7/17)
Liberation Day (8/15)
Mid-Autumn Festival (8/15 in lunar)*
Armed Forces Day (10/1)
National Foundation Day (10/3)
Hangul Day (10/9)
Christmas (12/25) Religion Korean culture is based on Confucianism.
However, according to recent research, majority of Koreans have no particular religion, followed by Christians and Buddhists Art Buddhism as source of inspiration for art and architecture
Earliest Korean paintings found on walls of Manchuria
Korean artists introduced to Western oil painting at the time of Japanese occupation from 1910 to 1945
Contemporary South Korean art is fusion of western style with classical Korean styles and themes Entertainment music and dance, taekwondo demonstrations, local cuisine and unique performances like Ju T'agi, or Korean tightrope walking, at annual festivals
Karaoke, or noraebang (meaning 'singing room')
Thriving nightlife scene
major theme parks located in or just outside Seoul: Dreamland, Everland and Lotte World
Chang-gi (Korean Chess), Paduk (Korean checkers), Hwa-tu’ (card game), Kite Flying Recreation Exercise as leisure
Not many cars in Korea, most of the population uses public transportation Public Transportation Korea, especially Seoul, has a very convenient system of public transportation
9 different subway lines with 440 subway stations
Roughly 8000 buses run everyday and provide services to almost half the Korean population Special Occasions,
Significant Rituals / Activities Special Occasions
see starred Holidays
go to ancestors tomb Crafts / Music / Dance Hanji
inner bark of mulberry tree (dolls, lamps, fans)
P'ansori’ narrative folk songs
traditional shaman ritual dance that portrays summer blossoms swaying gently in the wind Current Issues These days, number of international students from South Korea is increasing in U.S. Our group concluded that this phenomenon brought positive and negative effect to Korean culture. Conclusion Koreans learn from other cultures in order to enrich their own culture. The many bakeries in this area definitely didn't originate from the Korean culture; however, Korean people have incorporated various cultures into their lives and cuisine, like the sweet potato cake that we brought to the class.
Therefore, Korean culture is very interesting to know, and we hope you all have better understanding for Korean culture than you did before.
Thanks. 10 Interesting Facts about South Korea 1. South Korea’s emigration rate is one of the highest all over the world.
2. The OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) has declared South Korea as the country with the highest estimated national IQ.
3. Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, was created in South Korea at the Seoul National University.
4. South Korea has 63 daily newspaper editions in print.
5. South Koreans believe that people should hide their shoes on the first night of the New Year. Otherwise, a ghost will try one of the shoes, and if it finds a pair that it likes, the ghost will take it and the owner of those shoes will have bad luck all year.
6. Korean mythology narrates that Tangun, the founder of Korea, was the son of a god named Hwanung. Hwanung transformed a bear into a woman, and Tangun was their child.
7. South Korea is the only nation that is completely broadband connected, at 100Mb.
8. Christianity and Buddhism is the most dominant religion in South Korea. But majority of South Koreans claim no religious preference.
9. Tipping is not a requirement in South Korea. You may find yourself being chased by a waiter for the change you left, as it is not customary to leave tips.
10. Everything closes late, with most stores open until at least 11:00 p.m. Restaurants, cafes, bars, and street food vendors stay open even later than that, until 4 a.m. Cons Korea is losing its unique culture.
Because of the wrong idea that their culture is lame and other cultures are more interesting.
These changes are most noticeable in younger generations Pros Became more open minded.
In the past, South Korea was not a well known country to the world, and the people in Korea were not open to other cultures. However, since more people have become more open-minded, their culture, as well as Korea's, have become richer. Gyeongbokgung (Palace) Changdeokgung Seoraksan National Park The Bulguksa Temple