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By Daniel Tudor

ISBN-10: 0804843848

ISBN-13: 9780804843843

"Daniel Tudor has a superb 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 frequently misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, a critically-acclaimed selection 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 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 back and paintings in Korea. He served as The Economist magazine's Korea correspondent for 3 years, and he writes typical columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the best way, he has constructed a good love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the net age. filled with 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 expertise; and emblems and practices which are particularly Korean. a couple of chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with recognition to the celebs, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer contains a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different areas of remarkable interest.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they are so keen about schooling and success—Tudor has created the suitable publication for the turning out to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i

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One consequence of this was that it became difficult for someone from a mudang family to marry a “normal” person, or earn a living in a “normal” way. So they tended to marry each other, and raise their children in the tradition. The tools of the trade. Musok rituals often involve bukeo (pollack fish), as well as alcohol as an offering. The bag contains animal entrails. TRADITIONAL KOREA 35 A large gut in which an animal sacrifice has been offered. Note the threepronged trident forks. The trident is a common symbol of musok.

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. Regardless, 668 is the year in which we can say “Korea” truly began. Left A Silla crown. Above Cheomseongdae observatory at Gyeongju, the capital of Silla.

Conservative President Lee Myung-bak won election in 2007 partly due to the Above Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon Protestant bloc vote. 34 A GEEK IN KOREA Korean SHAMANISM Thousands of Gods, Thousands of Years Shamanism, or musok, is an indigenous set of folk practices based on an understanding that there exists a metaphysical realm of spirits alongside the natural world. Those spirits lie not just in people, but also in animals, trees, mountains, rivers, and rocks. For around 40,000 years—much longer than the idea of “Korea” itself has existed—mudang have intervened in this spirit world through ritual ceremonies, in order to produce good fortune, drive away evil, or tell the future.

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