By Daniel Tudor
"Daniel Tudor has a great figuring out of up to date 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 frequently misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, a critically-acclaimed choice of tales portraying the Korean experience
For each fan of K-Pop song, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or somebody intrigued by way of Korea and Korean culture—A Geek in Korea is a hip, new advisor to the land of the Samsung phone and Psy.
Author Dan Tudor first arrived in Korea at the eve of the 2002 international Cup while 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 typical columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the way in which, he has built a superb love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.
A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. filled 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 particularly 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 incorporates a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different locations of exceptional interest.
Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so captivated with schooling and success—Tudor has created the best ebook for the transforming into ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i
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Below A lady in royal hanbok. Note the difference in color and complexity between her outfit and the hanbok of the fellow on the left. 37 38 A GEEK IN KOREA A game of nol-ttwigi, in which participants jump up and down on see-saws, performing back flips and other acrobatic stunts. To do it well, a great deal of skill and confidence is required. I think I would probably break my neck if I tried nol-ttwigi! THE DANO FESTIVAL: Dancing, Singing, Drinking and Wrestling Those who want to see the best elements of “old Korea” in one place should head to a Dano festival.
Far right Lee Min-ho lauching a new man product at Etude House. Right Pop star G-Dragon. Below The Face Shop store front in Myeongdong, Seoul, featuring Kim Hyun-joon. MODERN KOREA 49 MALE cosmeticS and Plastic surgery Since just before the turn of the millennium then, we have seen a very different kind of “ideal man” in Korea. He doesn’t smoke, has probably never been in a fight, and is wrapped around the little finger of his girlfriend. He cares about his appearance, sometimes to the point of wearing make-up.
I find this a shame. Eumjugamu is one of the most attractive aspects of Korean life. A Ganggangsullae circle dance, originally a strenuous song-anddance spectacle performed by unmarried women. These days, Ganggangsullae is more the preserve of the middle-aged and elderly, at Dano and other country festivals. In days gone by, lyrics would be sung that criticized the social order, or Japanese colonial rule. 39 40 A GEEK IN KOREA Hanok: The Traditional Korean HoME The hanok is a traditional single-story house, constructed of basic materials like wood, stone, and clay.
A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asian's New Kingdom of Cool by Daniel Tudor