Culture and Customs of Korea (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - Social Science - 204 pages
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For centuries, although strongly influenced by the Chinese, Koreans have maintained a unique civilization with their own language, social organization, food, national costume, political institutions, and customs. The disruptions of the 20th century have included a long and difficult period of foreign rule and a devastating civil war. However, Koreans continue to prize their traditional culture, and the younger generations have embraced Koreanness with a determination to assert Korea's place in the world. Culture and Customs of Korea artfully depicts the past and present in North and South Korea with chapters on the story of the Korean people, thought and religion, arts and literature, performing arts, daily life and folkways, life in a Korean village, life in urban Korean, and gender, marriage, and the lives of Korean women. A chronology and glossary supplement the text.

  

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Contents

The Story of the Korean People
1
Thought and Religion
29
Arts and Literature
61
Performing Arts
81
Daily Life and Folkways
91
Life in a Korean Village
119
Life in Urban Korea
135
Gender Marriage and the Lives of Korean Women
157
Greater Korea Looking Ahead
179
Glossary
185
Suggestions for Further Reading
193
Index
199
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DONALD N. CLARK is Professor of History and Director of International Studies at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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