Cultural Catch Up

When we started this blog, our goal was to document our experiences and adventures, but also to explore some of the cultural differences and intricacies we came across in Korea. I’d say we’ve been pretty successful on the former, but not so much on the latter. Since we only have a few months left, we have wanted to try and record some of these observations before we get home and forget all the interesting tidbits. And with some inspiration from fellow EPIKer Chance, we’re actually going to start.

Here’s a look into some of the topics we’ve been thinking about. If there’s anything you’d like to know about Korea or are interested in, leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

Age/Family:
The culture of ajummas and ajosshis

Economics:
Cardboard collectors

Teaching:
US system compared to American system
Sexuality and gender in a Korean middle school

Progress:
Obstacles Korea faces to becoming a world-class power

Health:
Pink Eye and the Korean medical system

Religion:
Buddhism vs. Christianity in Korea

Jobs:
Working environment and happiness

FYI: we’ll be using the abbreviation of CC (Cultural Catch Up) to label these posts.

Stay tuned!

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3 Responses to “Cultural Catch Up”

  1. Susan Casbarro Says:

    Looking forward to hearing more about Teaching & Jobs.

  2. You guys have got a pretty good list compiled. I’m super interested in trying to figuring out how Korean’s can even sustain a personal life given the irrational work hours they seem to maintain. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on the topic : working environment and happiness. So many angles to look at it from. Sometimes it seems like work is the most important ‘family structure’ in Korea and actual nuclear family is a distant second. Have you noticed that or is that just in my little world.

  3. Good list. Go hard! Our time is so short and that expiration date is close at hand.

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