Archive for the Korean Culture Category

CC: Working Environments and Happiness

Posted in Korean Culture, School with tags , on December 1, 2010 by Gina

Do Koreans and Americans put the same value on Happiness in both work and personal environments? The answer is not a simple yes or no, but I would say they have different standards than the US.

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CC: Pink Eye and the Korean Medical System

Posted in Korean Culture, School with tags on November 21, 2010 by Gina

Seven students at my school have Pink Eye. You might not think this is a huge cause for concern, but apparently “The Disease” is not taken lightly in the Korean school system. All 7 of these students happen to be in my main co-teacher’s homeroom, and this has been causing her much distress over the past few weeks because apparently she is held accountable and is somehow at fault for her students illness and is responsible for dealing with it.

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Cultural Catch Up

Posted in Korean Culture with tags on November 21, 2010 by Gina

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!

Any excuse for canceled classes…

Posted in Daegu Happenings, Korean Culture, School with tags , , , on October 24, 2010 by Gina

…is a good day in my book. For some reason, October has been Festival Month at my school, which resulted in 3.5 glorious days of canceled classes. These school “festivals” consisted of a Field Trip, Chorus Day, Sports Day and what I will call “Flea Market Day” because I’m not sure what it actually was. Here’s a look at what goes on in my school when the kids are finally allowed to do something other than study. Oh, and excuse the quality of pictures, capturing the elusive “Korean Smiling Face” is not an easy feat, so most of the photos are candid.

Sports Day, Daegu South Korea

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Great Expectations – Korean Culture Scene

Posted in Daegu Happenings, Korean Culture with tags , , , on October 17, 2010 by Gina

Andong MaskDance Festival, Korea

As the months are ticking away and we’ve found ourselves with only 4 more to go, we decided to try and explore more of what Korea has to offer. So in the past 3 weeks we have gone to the Andong MaskDance Festival, I went to the Jinju Lantern Festival, and we went to see a German rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ballet. There were some busts – like the lack of actual masks, or maskdances at the MaskDance Festival, and sleeping in a crowded jimjilbang for the first time. But the bright lights of Jinju and a night of amazing, inexpensive theater reminded me Korea has much to offer if you dig a little deeper.

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Think Cooool

Posted in Daegu Happenings, Food, Korean Culture with tags , , on July 22, 2010 by Joel


July 19th is considered the first day of summer in Korea, which came as a surprise because I’ve been sweating my butt off since May.  Ever since the temperature started climbing in the spring Koreans have been telling me that Daegu gets unbearably hot. Oftentimes, I would brush it off and say that we’re used to hot and humid weather in South Florida. But as we progressed into the middle of summer, and I began walking into school in the mornings drenched in sweat, I realized I had really underestimated the heat.

In an effort to think cool thoughts, I’ve posted pictures of the overnight snowstorm we got in March along with the rest of my post.

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Summer Timeeee….

Posted in Korean Culture, School, Teaching with tags on July 20, 2010 by Gina

…and the livings, well, a little slow at school anyways. The school year here has ended last week, and now SHOULD be the sweet bliss of summer vacation for students and teachers alike, but alas, that is not the case. If anyone has been wondering why we have so much time to facebook chat these days, let us shed some light for you.

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