Culture of South Korea Term Paper by Nicky

Culture of South Korea
An overview of South Korean culture and ideology.
# 146890 | 1,843 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 22, 2011 in Anthropology (Asian) , Anthropology (Cultural) , Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures)

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The paper reviews the history of South Korea and notes two cultural distinctions of South Koreans; they change their age on New Years Day, and they have a tendency to be very imitative. The paper looks at South Korean cuisine and the role of food in Korean festivals and discusses the various forms of entertainment that include film, dance and music. The paper relates Koreans' emphasis on cleanliness and then outlines the social life, family life, marriage, status of women, and role of religion in South Korea. Finally, the paper addresses the modern Korean school system and concludes that South Korea is more familiar and accepting of other cultures than one might think.

From the Paper:

"South Korea has a long and rich history, as many cultures and areas of South Asia have. There have been human remains recovered as far back as 100,000 BC and culture and human societal structure were probably in existence from at least 10,000 BC forward. Korea had for centuries been an isolated country and the people who inhabited the area did not welcome other cultures easily nor did they wish to mix with them. During the later period of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) this isolationist policy earned it the Western nickname of the "Hermit Kingdom". However, by the latter part 19th century, Korea became the object of great contentions for the colonial ambitions of both Japan and Europe. By the year1910, Korea was annexed by Japan and remained occupied until the end of World War II."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Gilbert, Anne Green. "Dance Education in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective. Dance Education around the World Faces Common Challenges Who Should Teach, Who Should Teach the Teachers, and What They Should Teach?." JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 76.5 (2005): 26-39

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