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Francisco Tellez + Celia Diaz

South Korea is a very diverse country. They emphasize hard work and respect. They emphasize respect to ancestors, age, and seniority. Things they take pride in is family, cuisine, and culture. These are some of the main values South Korea prioritizes. Factors that determine seniority in the country are economic status, position in business, age, and martial status which determine how people view you in the community. Education is the biggest priority for kids. They are to be focused in school and need to work hard to get a good career. Good manors is key in this country and it must be shown at all times.

They have two major holidays that are important.
Lunar New Year is similar to our New Years. It starts on the first new moon of a system(lunar calendar) based on complete cycles of phases of the moon. There are fireworks and food as part of the celebration.
Chusok Is the Korean thanksgiving. It commemorates the fall harvest and honor people's ancestors. In the a ritual food and wine are offered to ancestors and families visit the graves of their ancestors. A lot of traditional Korean foods are made to celebrate. Other events that can happen are gift-giving, dancing/music, and athletic events(tug-of-war, archery, and wrestling competitions). During this holiday people also wear traditional Korean clothing called Hanbok.

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Core Values

1. Education
Speed is one of the main features that represent Koreans’ characteristic and competitiveness. Koreans greatly values high speed. This speed originates from the history. In the 1960s, after the Korean War, South Korea used to be one of the poorest countries but transformed itself to world’s tenth largest economy only in half a century. Korea also achieved rapid modernization and industrialization in 50 years. Moreover, Korea has fastest internet speed in the world.3. Group-oriented Koreans are goal-oriented. Once the goal is set, Koreans put every effort to make it successful. It is rooted from their strong motivation for high achievement and recognition.4.Goal Oriented5. Hyo-do(Fillial priety) To love and respect parents is vital value for Koreans. On every 8th of May in the year is parent’s day which is called “Eo-po-e-nal”. Koreans give red carnations to their parents to express love and gratitude toward therm. 6. Respecting elderly people7. Materialism - richnessMore than two-thirds of Koreans consider money as main element of success.


In Korean culture, education is the key to success in life. The school one graduates from can determine whether one will be a success or failure. To many Korean parents, the education of their children outweighs all other considerations, and they will make tremendous sacrifices to let their children get the best education possible.

The Korean education system consists of six years of primary school, three years of middle school, then three years of high school. Those who pass the national exam go on to 4-year colleges or universities. Others go to 2-year junior colleges, while the rest enter the work force. Until recently, most middle and high schools were segregated by sex. However, because of complaints about differences in education levels between the boys and girls schools and socialization problems later in life, most schools have gone co-ed.


Food is an important part of Korean cultural identity. In the diets of even the most Westernized urban dwellers, traditional Korean cuisine, which emphasizes grains—especially rice—and fresh vegetables, continues to occupy a dominant role even amid the popularity of pizza, hamburgers, sushi, Chinese food, and other foreign dishes. A Korean meal generally consists of rice, soup or stew, and a number of side dishes, almost invariably among them kimchi, or pickled vegetables

How to greet
In order to greet a Korean you must perform a slight bow which shows respect. Men might also do a handshake, but senior male must introduce it. People with higher status you must bow lower for them. For foreigners eye contact can be done with anybody with a shake or bow. In order to say goodbye you must bow and for younger kids, you can also wave your hand.

  • In order to point, it is the respectful way to use your entire hand.
  • When you shake someone's hand hold your right forearm with your left hand as support.
  • always take of your shoes before entering a house.
  • When you are giving or receiving something with your hands always use two hands for respect.
  • In busy cities people are very indirect and may bump into you without saying excuse me.
  • Don't cross legs or stretch them, its a sign of disrespect feet should be kept on the floor.
  • Eye contact should be avoided with higher businessman or people of higher seniority.

Dating Practices
There are two common ways Korean's date. One is by blind dates from friends from school or work. Another way is a blind date set up from parents which they expect marriage. Public display of affection is not that common. Holding hands and small pecks are tolerable, but no making out or extreme showing of affection is permitted and is looked at as disrespectful. If your out on a public date you must be courteous and show little and subtle public affection. A common thing that has been observed for couples is splitting the check or taking turns on who pays on the date. In South Korea they also celebrate anniversaries, but they celebrate it after every 100 days.

People should visit South Korea because it is a very warm and friendly environment with emphasis on respect.
A couple of tips to not be offensive to the people are...
  • Always remember to bow when greeting someone
  • deny compliments never say thank you to show respect
  • take of shoes before entering a Korean home
  • don't use words like this man, fellow, guy, or that man to refer to someone
  • Kimchi is fermented cabbage in red chilli sauce and anchovy paste and is served at every meal along with rice, so respect the food and if you eat it, it shows respect to the people
  • Soju is their national alcohol drink
  • always show proper manners

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For communication, your mission is to teach us about how another population inter act with each other. Examples:
Pick a country ( Germany, India, Spain, Mexico) and share the customs of how to greet someone, hand gestures, dating practices. Should I visit the country how do I make sure I am not offensive to the people. OR you can choose people who are blind, hearing impaired, autistic, chair bound, how do you communicate with them? After the presentation, students should be more comfortable when communicating with these diverse groups and have an appreciation of the culture.

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