The culture in North Korea is vastly different from American culture and can often leave many wondering about the mysterious and mystifying country. Examining the material traits, social forms, and beliefs of North Korea give a glimpse of what makes their culture so intriguing. Their overwhelming nationalism and eccentric isolationism are the basis of their culture and shape their view of the world around them. Investigating their culture further will hopefully reveal the mysteries of the strange culture that exists in North Korea. The material traits of a country often reflect what is most valued in that culture.
The word culture is defined in the Oxford English dictionary as “the ideas, customs, and courtesies of a particular group” (Oxford Dictionaries). As these variables change, customs and ideas are directly affected. As a particularly idealistic culture, North Korea is recognized as favoring an enclosed environment, sealing itself from the rest of the world and establishing its mysterious nature. The country is widely known for their political dealings, which furthermore highly regulates and filters the information that they release to the rest of the world. However, by surveying the environment geographically, politically and religiously, we hope to better understand the culture of this isolated civilization.
I attended a Korean school supported by the North Korean government from elementary level. I learned Korean and the school promoted the identity and pride of Korean residents in Japan. I studied general subjects, learning North and South Korean history and their relationships with Japan, allowing me to develop an identity as Korean including both North and South Korea. At the same time, I have developed a Japanese identity which is a cultural construction since I experienced Japanese culture at first hand: I learned Japanese as a native language, came in contact with Japanese Media and culture, and acquainted myself in Japanese society. The Korean community is not recognised by Japan, and North Korea is considered an international pariah.
(U) North Korea (NK), although isolated, have developed their own cultural aspects over the decades. The civilian considerations, such as PMESII/ASCOPE, in NK comes in many shapes and forms. The cultural aspects of NK are dependent on and significantly affected by these considerations. The culture of NK varies from the political to the information considerations in PMESII/ASCOPE. The government control these aspects in NK giving little to no civilian involvement.
Korea is a country that major religions all around the world are held by its populations. The major religions are Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Islam. These are coexisting peacefully in Korea with the shamanism. It provides large diversity of religious expression. According to the 2005 Korea’s statistics on religions diversity, 43 percent of the populations or about 10,726,000 believe in Buddhism.
Summary 5 Anna Kim 2015461011 Buddhist Temples Korea must be proud of its cultural heritage that allures not only native people but also foreigners, especially, those, who are from Western countries. Foreigners come to Korea to find out answers on their questions: What Asia means to them or what is Korea. Korea attracts tourists being a developed country with fascinating shops, good service, health industry and entertainment as well as beauty and harmony of nature, mountains, festivals, cherry blossom and other. After reading Uri Kaplan text I want to try Temple stay and experience how monks live in a temple. Even if now Korea do not have an official religion, 22% the majority of population believes in Buddhism and 18% in Christianity (still
Nowadays, many of the characteristics of both the Korean and Japanese cultures are traced back to Chinese influences. China was seen as a model society by growing nations because of large size and historic success in all sectors of the country. China played a crucial role in the maturity of Japan and Korea since they were able to advance both culturally and politically. In most cases, the cultural interworking’s of the three countries are
South Korea has been a democratic country since division of Korea had happened. However, contrary to their oxymoronic state title of 'Democratic People's Republic of Korea,' the reclusive regime has neither been a democracy nor a republic, not at least in the meaning the rest of the world uses these words. North Korean, especially people who are not in the high ranked position, suffers from penury because of their brutal dictator. Likewise, about a half century was a huge time gap between two countries that made them so different. Among these features that make those two countries different, language is the most common factor to distinguish the differences.
“Over the past decade, South Korea, with a population of around 50 million, has become the Hollywood of the East, churning out entertainment that is coveted by millions of fans.” -Lara Farrar, CNN World, December 31, 2010 A Korean in a foreign country in the 90s would be asked whether he/she was Chinese or Japanese. However as the years passed people started to recognize Korea. One of the reasons for this recognition is the Korean Wave. The word Hallyu, also known as the Korean Wave, can be heard often through various mediums. According to Jin (2012), “The Korean Wave refers to the significant increase in the popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture.” (p. 3) This brings us to the beginning of Hallyu, also known as Hallyu 1.0.
I was expected to embrace my Korean culture and my parents educated me to ensure that I would not forget my mother tongue. The biggest aspect of Korean culture is its emphasis for the respect towards the elderly. Those younger in age were required to act a certain way of respect towards those in the upper social stratum, in this case, those older in age. I had to greet the adults by bowing and act a certain way that required me to suppress my own wantings and feelings during the interaction. My mother scolded me multiple times every time I failed to properly greet the adults at church.