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CultureShock! Korea: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Cultureshock Korea: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette) Paperback – December 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Cultureshock Korea: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing; 3 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761454896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454892
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sonja Vegdahl is a Marshall Cavendish author.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on May 5, 2009
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For being an introductory read, this book rocks my socks. I highly recommend this book for beginners of the language, expatriates, Koreanists, people with Korean travel plans, and anyone doing business in any form with Koreans. It's that good. I've read my share of culture books and resources but I feel that this book (namely, this edition) demystifies several Korean cultural idiosyncrasies in a clear way that is easy for anyone to understand.

I applaud the authors for including a do-and-don't list. I feel that this helps clear up some questions left by other resources. It's true, most things Korean-related (as with any culture) usually aren't cut-and-dry and objective enough to make a list but I still feel that the authors were tasteful and appropriate in their advice.

This book kind of reminds me of a cross between Moon Handbooks - Korea and Culture Smart! Korea rolled into one. There's useful info on holidays, work ethic, psyche, travel destinations, and living abroad. This book deserves a look. It's a quick read with pleasing aesthetics and well-divided topics.

You'll thank yourself later for this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Medvezhonok on February 28, 2010
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This is a great book with a lot of information you need to know if you are going to Korea, or even if you're just interacting with a Korean here at home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Gourdin on January 29, 2012
I've lived in S. Korea for 3 years and I continue to draw comparisons to this book. The book addresses the extreme formality of Korean culture and has gone a long way to explaining the cultural differences that I, as an American, see everyday in dealing with Korean people. The most valuable aspects of this book involve the social hierarchy and how Koreans view friendships. Many westerners view the Korean people as "rude", but I now see them as a warm and generous people that do not give their friendship lightly. It does not address the younger generations because of when it was written and how fast it's changing here. However, it's extremely valuable nonetheless. There are many things we can learn from each other and this book goes a log way towards that.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Georgene on January 29, 2011
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I was very excited about this book when I first got it. I bought a copy for myself and one for each of my daughters, who were going to Korea to teach English. I faithfully read it and thought it was a GREAT book...until my daughters got to Korea. Much of what is said about the respect held for teachers in Korea is not true for young people going over to teach English. Many such teachers teach in "hog-wans", or after school schools. The kids are NOT particularly respectful to such teachers, despite claims to the contrary in this book. Korea itself seems a bit illogical to American minds. If something is not understood, the response for most Americans is: "Well, that's Korea for you". One thing the book did get right is how the Koreans respect older people. That was something that pleased me when I visited my daughters there.
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Very thorough and timeless, since Korean culture won't change any time soon. . .perfect for all of us new, ignorant English teachers and/or traveling businessmen.
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By Krisia Pagan Rivera on February 3, 2013
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It works great and it wasn't expensive! Just what I needed! I recommend it to anyone who wants to use a product like this.
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