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Faces of Korea: The Foreign Experience in the Land of the Morning Calm Perfect Paperback – July 30, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1565912144 ISBN-10: 1565912144

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  • Perfect Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hollym International Corporation (July 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565912144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565912144
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,939,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You won t find a more accurate and moving expose of the expat experience in Korea, at least one that not only bridges the foreign community but also one that gives the community a strong, resonant voice." --Jeffrey Miller, Korea Times

For newcomers, the book will be an indispensable account of what life is truly like here [in Korea] from all different angles. On the other hand, people who have been living here for a while will find it interesting because they will be able to relate to the stories." --Lisa Lebeda, Seoul Classified

Harris s latest book...show[s] a broad array of reactions to the Korean experience...and [is] at times evocative of what...foreigners encounter during our stay in the Land of the Morning Calm." --John Hoog, Joongang Ilbo

For newcomers, the book will be an indispensable account of what life is truly like here [in Korea] from all different angles. On the other hand, people who have been living here for a while will find it interesting because they will be able to relate to the stories." --Lisa Lebeda, Seoul Classified

Harris s latest book...show[s] a broad array of reactions to the Korean experience...and [is] at times evocative of what...foreigners encounter during our stay in the Land of the Morning Calm." --John Hoog, Joongang Ilbo

For newcomers, the book will be an indispensable account of what life is truly like here [in Korea] from all different angles. On the other hand, people who have been living here for a while will find it interesting because they will be able to relate to the stories." --Lisa Lebeda, Seoul Classified

Harris s latest book...show[s] a broad array of reactions to the Korean experience...and [is] at times evocative of what...foreigners encounter during our stay in the Land of the Morning Calm." --John Hoog, Joongang Ilbo

For newcomers, the book will be an indispensable account of what life is truly like here [in Korea] from all different angles. On the other hand, people who have been living here for a while will find it interesting because they will be able to relate to the stories." --Lisa Lebeda, Seoul Classified

Harris s latest book...show[s] a broad array of reactions to the Korean experience...and [is] at times evocative of what...foreigners encounter during our stay in the Land of the Morning Calm." --John Hoog, Joongang Ilbo

More About the Author

Richard Harris was born in Toronto, Canada in 1974. He is the author of two works of non-fiction, Roadmap to Korean (2003) and Faces of Korea (2004), and four published short stories. A Father's Son (2013) is his first novel. After living overseas for 12 years, he returned to Toronto in 2009. Learn more about him and his writing at harrisrichard.wordpress.com.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jared M on October 10, 2005
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This is a collection of accounts of a number of people who live, or had lived, in South Korea. The occupations of the people whose stories are relayed in this volume are varied, and range from those working as office workers, those who are students or who are serving in the US military, and of course those working as the obligatory ESL teacher. The nationalities are as diverse as the occupations - as well as people of Korean descent, there are also Americans, Japanese, Filipinos, and New Zealanders, all of whom have interesting stories to tell about various aspects of their lives in Korea.

The book is split into 6 main sections, each dealing with a particular general aspect of life in Korea. One section is about working in Korea, another discusses social relations in Korea. People of Korean descent share their experiences in one section, and students in Korea get another section. A particularly interesting section is dedicated to those people who have formally made Korea their home, including one white US male who renounced his American citizenship to become a Korea. The final section, which I suspect will be the cause of most people's interest in this book is teaching in Korea. This is hardly surprising since ESL teaching is a relatively high profile and popular occupation for many young foreigners in Korea.

All but one of the contributors to the teaching section have taught in Hagwons, the most common employer of ESL teachers in Korea. The sole exception was the contributor who had only taught as an university instructor, although a number of the Hagwon teachers also went on to teach at a university - again hardly surprising, since it is quite a popular gig, usually teaching 15 hours or so a week, for nearly twice the pay of a Hagwon teacher.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on December 7, 2009
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Despite being published over seven years ago and is tough as nails to find, this book is an absolute gem. If you get your hands on this, do not let it go. What you hold is a brilliant collection of unforgettable stories.

The author has compiled 47 interviews of foreigners who all have one thing in common: Korea. If this seems just it'll be about a few American blogging English teachers, please disregard that thought because this book could not be more diverse. Interviews from ethnic Chinese living in Korea, Korean adoptees from North America and Europe, spouses of Koreans, former soldiers, missionaries, TV personalities and a truly breathtaking interview with Dr. Horace Grant Underwood III a few months before his passing. The book covers illegal immigrants, naturalized citizens, foreign language students and everything in between.

The book has a few faults, though. Despite being translated and transcribed into English, there are small number of grammatical and spelling errors. In addition to being a few bucks more expensive than the average expatriate book, it's a bit difficult to find a copy. Lastly, although the book does cover all pertinent subjects with a phenomenal level of balance, I would have liked to see more jobs such as business owners, politicians, island dwelling foreign residents, graduate students, and the like.

This book is crying for a revision and a new pressing. Please don't let this book be the last of what could be a great teaching tool for prospective and current foreign residents of Korea. An eye-opening and brilliantly compiled text, I urge you to pick this one up at the first possible inclination of moving to Korea. I picked it up and couldn't put it down till I finished it. Richard Harris, thank you
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve A. Kuiack, Author of "Let's Talk Business" on January 2, 2005
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The wealth of diversity in Faces of Korea is second to none. The author has well-researched and documented the experiences of foreigners living in Korea. From men and women to young adults and elder citizens, from migrant laborers and corporate professionals to teachers and writers, the interesting diversity in this book adds to its authentic credibility.
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