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A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asia's New Kingdom of Cool by Daniel Tudor

By Daniel Tudor

"Daniel Tudor has an excellent 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 usually misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, critically-acclaimed number of tales portraying the Korean experience

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the net age. choked with articles and pictures, it covers the entire 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; enterprise and expertise; and logos and practices which are certainly Korean. a few chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with cognizance 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 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 precise booklet for the starting to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative advisor.

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Left A Silla crown. Above Cheomseongdae observatory at Gyeongju, the capital of Silla. Right Koryo Dynastyera Buddha statue at Gaesong, in present-day North Korea. Gaesong was the capital of Korea back then. Seoul only became capital in 1394, at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty. Far right Wang Geon. THe Koryo Dynasty By the early 900s, Korea had again split into three separate states. One of those was Hugoguryeo (later Goguryeo), which was led by Gung Ye—a man known for his brutality and rather mad behavior (he killed his own wife and children, and declared himself a Buddha).

Sometimes, entire teams behave as though they were rock stars. In 2012, a major scandal tarnished the leadership of the Jogye Order, an organization which accounts for 90 percent of Korea’s Buddhists, and has an annual budget of 30 billion won (around US$27 million). It emerged that senior monks were gambling, drinking, smoking, and even visiting “room salons” (hostess bars), with temple donors’ money. which had never had a hostile relationship—began to blend more closely. Even today, one can see portraits of Sanshin, the shaman mountain god, at Buddhist temples.

Another study, by the Korean Educational Development Institute, also found Korean youths to be the second worst at social interaction among 36 countries surveyed. Tragically, suicide is the leading cause of death among Korean youths. And according to Statistics Korea, 53 percent of young Koreans who have suicidal thoughts do so because of worries about education-related competition. Every year, there are many cases of high school students taking their own lives around the time of the university entrance exam.

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