Learning to Think Korean: A Guide to Living and Working in Korea

Learning to Think Korean A Guide to Living and Working in Korea Kohls shares a feast of Korean culture a ricebowl of history and tradition complimented by an array of spicy tidbits that capture the reader s attention like a mouthful of kimchi Based on personal exp

  • Title: Learning to Think Korean: A Guide to Living and Working in Korea
  • Author: L. Robert Kohls
  • ISBN: 9781877864872
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kohls shares a feast of Korean culture a ricebowl of history and tradition complimented by an array of spicy tidbits that capture the reader s attention like a mouthful of kimchi Based on personal experience, he provides critical incidents that explore the puzzling aspects of Korean culture Kohls explores Korean values traditional values, value changes over the pKohls shares a feast of Korean culture a ricebowl of history and tradition complimented by an array of spicy tidbits that capture the reader s attention like a mouthful of kimchi Based on personal experience, he provides critical incidents that explore the puzzling aspects of Korean culture Kohls explores Korean values traditional values, value changes over the past forty years and projected values for the early decades of the twenty first century He is equally insightful when it comes to discussing the cultural patterns and practices of the workplace He takes on management style, personal issues, networking and pull negotiating style, persistence, key Korean business relations and To a greater extent than most other Asisan countries, Korea adheres to the traditional collectivist and Confucian traits of harmony, hierarchy, ingroups outgroups, status, and proper behavior According to Kohls, these traits plus the Westernized values of the younger generations and the veneer of modern urban savvy surface in surprising combinations in personal and workplace relationships often where they are least expected.

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    1. I wanted to read this all the way through, but alas--I had to return it, the font was too old looking, the prose a bit too cumbersome. I wondered how much the ideas he expressed are still true of Korean life and business now There is a huge mindshift involved in bridging Korean and Western culture described here, one that I'm sure my understanding and experiences barely scratch the surface of.

    2. This is really a 3.5 star book, the only reason it's not a full four stars is because it's quite dated. It would be very interesting to see what changes would be made in an updated version of this book, especially since Hallyu and Hallyu 2.0. For example, in the "Status and Behavior" chapter he talks about the (troublesomely low) Status of Women in Korea but, since the book was published in 2001, he obviously doesn't mention the unprecedented election (and impeachment) of their first woman presi [...]

    3. A Comprehensive Look at the Korean MindThis book gets a solid four stars. Published in 2001, it is out of date, but it is certainly not a crime for a book to be old, so this will not be included in the review or the score as it can be assumed that everything within was true in the year published. Kohl's book is still the best at what it was written to do: provide a comprehensive account of why Koreans think and behave the way they do. In fact, it is a testament to the quality and extent of Kohl' [...]

    4. I read much of this book prior to a trip to Seoul S. Korea for a graduate course. With the trip over, I don't have a real reason to finish it other than I don't like leaving a book unfinished.This book is surprisingly interesting, but I have to say, I am the ignorant untraveled American certain to commit cultural faux pas and was a little freaked out a couple times thinking back is this the etiquette I read or was it the exactly opposite. The person who check us out of the hotel in Seoul got rea [...]

    5. I learned many things through this book.Korean Values- Smooth relationships are more imporant than efficiency or accuracy. Time constraits and schedule are secondary to interaction.- Demonstrate sincereity, interest in personal life (identify areas of interest you share), and humble demeanor- The relationships betwen the parties is mor important than the countract. Commitments based on relationship are more binding than those on paper. (Koreans likely to consider what they signed as binding only [...]

    6. This book was excellent. Even if you don't plan to live in Korea, it is a great read for understanding and appreciating the culture and the country. I think it helped that I read the book while fully immersed in Korean culture (in Busan) so I was able to understand some of the more subtle nuances that Kohls mentions; but, I guess the bottom line is believe what he says. He's really not exaggerating. If you come to Korea, you will see daily examples of everything he talks about.I gave it 4 instea [...]

    7. This book is interesting, but it's incredibly outdated. It was written by a man who worked in Korea mainly in the years following the war. His cultural observations are telling, but no longer accurate in a place where change happens so fast.

    8. Good analysis of the Korean way of being and can be a life saver for those who need to spend a significant amount of time in Korea. Since reading this book, I have been able to improve my relations with my co-workers and also deal better with some delicate personal situations.

    9. As I prepared for my move to the ROK, I read this and it provided worthwhile insight to the inner-workings of the Korean culture. It definitely helped me ease some of the cross-cultural frustration that many of my expat friends experienced.

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