By Daniel Tudor
"Daniel Tudor has an exceptional knowing 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 usually 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 a person intrigued through 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 whilst 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 common columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the way in which, he has built an exceptional love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.
A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. full of 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 know-how; and logos and practices which are primarily Korean. a couple of chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with consciousness to the celebs, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer features a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different areas of exceptional 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 the appropriate ebook for the starting to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i
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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.
Student protestors brought down Syngman Rhee in April 1960. And as President Park Chung-hee (who ruled from 1961 to 1979) became more authoritarian in the 1970s, a university-based movement for democratization started to build again. But as the actions of the state became more brutal—the post-Park dictator Chun Doo-hwan, for instance, massacred hundreds of protestors at Gwangju in 1980—more and more were ready to take to the streets. By 1987, an antigovernment protest in Seoul could draw over a million people.
The first is love, such as is found in the “Song of Chunhyang,” a classic Korean tale that might be compared to Romeo and Juliet. The second is satire of the yangban aristocratic class. Joseon was a feudal state in which the average person had a rough, downtrodden existence; Pansori was the people’s way of entertaining themselves whilst venting their frustrations. In 2012, a very modern satirical Pansori played in theaters nationwide—Jui-wang Mollakgi (“The Fall of the Rat King”), which poked fun at then-president Lee Myung-bak.
A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asian's New Kingdom of Cool by Daniel Tudor