By Daniel Tudor
"Daniel Tudor has a great realizing 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 number of tales portraying the Korean experience
For each fan of K-Pop track, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or a person intrigued by means of Korea and Korean culture—A Geek in Korea is a hip, new advisor to the land of the Samsung telephone 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 average columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the best way, he has constructed a superb love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.
A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition advisor for the web age. jam-packed 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; company and know-how; and logos and practices which are primarily Korean. a few chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with consciousness 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 right booklet for the starting to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i
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Extra resources for A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asian's New Kingdom of Cool
Their son, Dangun, became the mythical founder of Gojoseon, a state which lasted until the first century BC. Na Cheol (1863–1916) founded Daejonggyo, a religion that worships Dangun. Korea First Unified, 668 AD From the first to the seventh centuries AD, what would today be called “Korea” was in fact three separate states—Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla. Silla conquered Baekje in 660, and eight years later, claimed Goguryeo. This came with the eventual loss of Goguryeo’s northern territory— some Korean historians lament this downsizing of Korea even today.
TRADITIONAL KOREA 41 but Koreans now are rediscovering their history and salvaging its best aspects. One result of this has been the preservation of hanoks, and even the development of expensive hybrid hanoks. Such homes contain modern innovations like electric heating and luxury bathroom suites. There are even hybrid hanoks that contain basements and garages, features that never existed traditionally. Though some criticize modernized hanoks as inauthentic, one undoubtedly positive consequence of the trend is the fact that Koreans are now aware of desirable alternatives to the apartment block.
The first apartments did not come until the 1930s, when the colonizing Japanese built low-rise blocks for their (Japanese) workers. Koreans were building them in Seoul by the 1940s, but it was not until the days of Park Chung-hee and industrialization that the real change began. President Park wanted people to get out of the countryside, and move to big cities like Seoul. There, they would work all day long in factories, toiling away to build the nation into an industrial powerhouse. Overpopulation meant Above Area near Gangnam Station, Seoul Below Apgujeong, also in Gangnam.
A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asian's New Kingdom of Cool by Daniel Tudor