The Koreans: understanding a people and their culture through key words and language.Koreans have a unique character and personality that sets them apart from all other Asians. And although Korean attitudes and behavior may be influenced by the modern world, the Korean mindset is still very much shaped by ancient culture and traditions. As is the case with all ancient cultThe Koreans: understanding a people and their culture through key words and language.Koreans have a unique character and personality that sets them apart from all other Asians. And although Korean attitudes and behavior may be influenced by the modern world, the Korean mindset is still very much shaped by ancient culture and traditions. As is the case with all ancient cultures created within highly refined and meticulously structured social systems over thousands of years, one of the keys to understanding traditional Korean attitudes and behavior is the language of the people—or more precisely, key words in the language. These key words provide access to the Korean mind—to core concepts and emotions, the attitudes and feelings that make up the Korean psyche. These key terms reveal both the heart and soul of Koreans and provide bridges for communicating and interacting with Koreans on the most fundamental level.In The Korean Mind, Boye Lafayette De Mente explores the meanings and cultural context of the most important "code words" of the Korean language, terms whose significance goes well beyond their literal definitions, providing an insight into Korean culture and the personality of the Korean people.Keywords include:Aboji, Ah-boh-jee — The "Father Culture"Anae, Ah-negh — Wives: The Inside PeopleHan Yak, Hahn Yahk — The Herbal Way to HealthInnae, Een-nay — A Culture of EnduringKatun Sosuy Pap, Kaht-unn Soh-suut Pahp — Eating from the Same Rice BowlAnd over 200 more…...
|Title||:||The Korean Mind: Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture|
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The Korean Mind: Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture Reviews
Meh. This book was organized in a highly illogical way, it repeats itself often, apparently there are spelling mistakes in the Hangul, and although it has good information, it's mostly information that you could find out through other sources in a more enjoyable way. Instead of going from subject to subject, the author wrote short chapters based on important Korean words, and then organized the entries alphabetically. It's a glossary, not a narrative. So you might go from the word Chimsul, Needing Cosmic Power, to the word, Chingu, Cultivating Friends, in the turn of a page and since there is nothing to connect the two subjects, this makes the information hard to remember, and it made this reader lose interest rather quickly.I was, originally, planning on turning this glossary-disguised-as-a-book into flashcards, but since I found out that there are numerous mistakes in the Hangul, I'm going to have to double check everything before I do that. All that to say, for a person who is living in Korea or planning to live in Korea, the information and everyday use of these terms would probably be really useful, but if you want just a basic overview on understanding Korea and Korean culture, I would suggest Korea: The Impossible Country by David Tudor instead.
Oh Lord. I said I didn't finish this. I COULDN'T. (1) He has yellow fever in a bad way. And he's kind of creepy like that about the whole culture. All this culture-comparing theorising and condescending apologia. (2) This book is LONG and REPETITIOUS like nobody's business. It's short essays like The Japanese Mind, but ALL OF THEM overlap with ALL OF THEM. It's unbelievable.Having said that - his approach of identifying themes in the culture is what I go for. And he does cover things pretty comprehensively. You just stop paying attention after a while.
This book has a lot of interesting information in it and could really be informative...except for the way it's structured. Rather than a book of chapters, leading the reader intelligently from one topic to the next this book is structured more like an encyclopedia with everything arranged alphabetically. This means that two topics that seemingly go together like aboji (father) and omoni (mother) are nowhere near each other and you either have to jump all over the book to read about connecting topics (assuming you already know what those connecting topics are) or you read straight through the book but suffer confusion and forgetfulness by the time you get from one connecting topic to the next.
I enjoyed the overview of Korean culture that the book provided. I learned about the historical background of the Korean people and their rough history of being frequently invaded by their neighbors, ancestor worship, family dynamics, etc. However, as mentioned in other reviews, the author frequently misspelled the Korean words (a close Korean friend looked over the book) and frequently repeated topics and facts that had been mentioned previously in the book. While interesting, by the end of the book, I was ready for it to be over.
A nice book that has a lot of content on the South Korean culture for a foreigner like me. It is a messy read. There is no order whatsoever, it should be divided topic by topic (would make things easier) The hangul in this book should only be used as a guide and not as a reference because there are mistakes.
I've been picking at this book ever since I got it. The sections are arranged alphabetically and usually only a page or two in length. I've been able to zoom in on some of the concepts that have puzzled me from Korean TV as well as idly pick up and flip to a random section to learn something I haven't encountered yet. I really appreciate this unusual format.
I haven't read the entire book, but the entire free preview on Amazon Kindle.The book introduces cultural words or phrases, and then explains what they mean, what the historical roots are, and how they have effected Korean culture in the past and in the present.I found it very insightful and helpful in understanding the Korean people, their history, and their modern culture.
Extremely helpful if someone wants to know more about Korean culture and mindset and is looking for a guide (of sorts) to help them understand Koreans and why they are who they are!In my opinion I was looking for a more informal and personal book, but found something very methodical and practical. Still good, but not quite what I was expecting *
Interesting perspective of Korean culture from an non-Korean scholar. Spot on in most aspects, but some exaggerated portions did exist. Overall, it was a great read and I'd highly recommend it if you're looking to dive into Korean culture. I would suggest more references though.
Some interesting points made, but there were too many spelling mistakes (in the hangul).