By Daniel Tudor
"Daniel Tudor has a superb realizing of latest South Korea and an aptitude 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 number of tales portraying the Korean experience
For each fan of K-Pop track, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or somebody intrigued by means of Korea and Korean culture—A Geek in Korea is a hip, new consultant 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 and paintings in Korea. He served as The Economist magazine's Korea correspondent for 3 years, and he writes normal columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the way in which, he has built an outstanding love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.
A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. jam-packed with articles and pictures, 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 emblems and practices which are primarily 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 encompasses a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different locations of remarkable interest.
Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so enthusiastic about schooling and success—Tudor has created definitely the right booklet for the turning out to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i
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Do You Have A Girlfriend? Are You Christian? ” If you say “No” again, then you may hear a pitying, “Ah, never mind, you’ll meet someone soon”—or even get a detailed description of another singleton they know, someone whom you “really should” meet. ” And if you try to change the subject, don’t be too shocked if you are met with further questions. It is a similar story when it comes to religion. I was surprised at first when people would look me in the eye very earnestly, and say, “I am a Christian.
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