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Welcome to South Korea

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South Korea
is all about respect and mostly based on the Confucian philosophies.


Respect
can be shown through nonverbal communications:
kinesics
proxemics
chronemics
paralanguage
Kinesics:
i.
Gesture
: Proper courtesy is shown with gestures. When passing an item to someone you use both hands (right hand grasped by the left at the wrist or forearm). Koreans signal someone by waving their fingers together with the palm down and not with the index finger (also considered rude).

ii.
Eye contact
: This is important in conversation among peers, but normally Koreans may avoid eye contact in conversation with a person of a different age group to be polite.

iii.
Posture
: It is considered rude to place feet on a desk or chair

iv.
Greeting
: The way someone is greeted depends on one's age and social standing. A bow is the traditional greeting. Children bow when greeting adults. As a sign of respect, the left hand may support or rest under the right forearm during the handshake. Among friends and relatives, a simple nod is acceptable.

v.
Haptics
: Couples might hold hands, but kissing in public is not appropriate.

vi.
Facial expression
: These are often more important than body language in communicating unspoken messages. When embarrassed, a person may respond by laughing. People may also laugh if they are uncertain of how to respond. Also, when laughing, yawning, or using a toothpick, it is considered polite to cover one's mouth.
Proxemics:
Chronemics:
i.
Timeliness to meetings
: South Koreans view punctuality with great importance, and most are careful to arrive to both business and social occasions on time. Also,bus, train, and plane schedules are usually on time. So, normally long delays are unusual in Korea.
Paralanguage:
i.
Volume
: South Koreans are taught to avoid talking loudly. Talking loudly is seen to be rude and drawing attention.


ii.
Sarcasm
: Sarcasm also known as satire brings shock to the koreans. Satire is considered very rude.

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Welcome to South Korea
made by Yerin Choi PD. 3A
Pictures Used:
Standing at arm’s length from one another is most common, but between
strangers, this distance is usually further. In the crowded places of South Korea space is
limited so pushing is common.Koreans tend to not apologize for bumping or
invading personal space.
Personal distance between friends and acquaintances extends 46 to 120 cm. Social distance is between 1.2 and 3.7 meters
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