April 27, 2017

AIDS, Xenophobia and Multiculturalism in South Korea

This is the cover of a famous English magazine in South Korea called Groove

You heard it, all foreigners have AIDS and the Korean people are determined to stop the flow of foreigners who carry this deadly disease from entering their country! This is a very, very common idea within Korean society, and the government creates laws to reduce the capacity for foreigners to work legally in South Korea. […]

Cultural Awareness: Fan death in South Korea

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All countries have unique and idiosyncratic superstitions that arise and, sometimes thrive, because of past historical or culture circumstances, and South Korea is no different. It is a widely held believe in South Korea that if you go to sleep with an electric fan running overnight, while in a closed room that you will die. […]

Cultural Awareness: Korean Reunification

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 “We are one people” The reunification of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea, and the Republic of Korea, better known as South Korea, is a sensitive and touchy subject among North and South Korea. Over 60 years ago much more than just the country split into 2 parts. The dividing […]

Cultural Awareness: The Korean emotion of han (한)

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But still there is hope… I have always been fascinated by East Asian cultural traits but none so much as the Korean emotion of  han. Like with many concepts from different cultures, han has no direct translation to Western languages or culture but can be felt none the less. Han permeates through Korean society and […]