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My Korea: Forty Years without a Horsehair Hat

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Publisher: , 2013
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My Korea: Forty Years Without a Horsehair Hat is a cultural introduction to Korea, part memoir and part miscellany, which introduces traditional and contemporary culture through a series of essays, stories, anecdotes and poems. The book seeks to tell the reader all that he or she needs to know for a full and rewarding life in Korea or as a visitor passing through. Confucianism, Buddhism, relationships, everyday living, language and literature are comprehensively covered. Newcomers to Korea are provided with insights into daily life. They are told how to deal with people and the intricacies of honorific language, how to handle business dealings, how to be comfortable with social ranking, and how to react when they bump into the cultural wall.

Kevin O’Rourke, professor emeritus (Kyunghee University), Irish priest (Columban Fathers), who has lived in Korea since 1964. He has translated classical and contemporary fiction and poetry including Poems of a Wanderer: Selected Poems of So Chongju (Dedalus 1993), Poems of a Wanderer: Selected Poems of So Chongju (1995), Poems of a Wanderer: Selected Poems of So Chongju (1999), the Yi Munyol novella Poems of a Wanderer: Selected Poems of So Chongju (2001); Poems of a Wanderer: Selected Poems of So Chongju (2002); Poems of a Wanderer: Selected Poems of So Chongju (2005), and Poems of a Wanderer: Selected Poems of So Chongju (2006).

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Korea In The 1960s
  2. The Columbans
  3. Learning The Ropes
  4. Cultural Adaptation
  5. In At The Deep End
  6. The Cultural Experience: Where To Begin
  7. The Confucian Monolith
  8. The Chosŏn Bureaucracy
  9. The Buddhist Ingredient
  10. Exclusivity Myths
  11. Chilmajae Songs – S? Ch?Ngju
  12. Korea’s Greatest Asset
  13. Tales Of The Immortals
  14. At The Cultural Coalface: Immersion, Submersion? – Take Your Pick
  15. Nine Priest Immortals
  16. Seeking The Way
  17. For Those Of Us With Less Than Immortal Status
  18. Learning Korean

Afterword
Bibliography
Index

Source: Amsterdam University Press website

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