Stay Out Of Trouble: Know Your Korean “Yes”

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p style=”text-align:justify;”>As an anthropologist a main rule is not to stand out in the crowd of natives. In order to get around your native neighborhood without attracting too much attention, it is necessary to quickly pick up certain rules and etiquettes of your foreign country of choice. Saying “yes” doesn’t seem to be too difficult at first glance; however, sometimes the right or wrong “yes”, can change people’s attitude towards you. Korea offers some special difficulties in this case.

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Paying Respect on Parent’s Day

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May is the family month in Korea. We already past Children’s Day (์–ด๋ฆฐ์ด๋‚  – eorini-nal) on May, 5th which is hugely celebrated in Korea, up-coming will be Teacher’s Day (์Šค์Šน์˜๋‚  – seuseungui-nal) on May, 15th, Married Couples’ Day (๋ถ€๋ถ€๋‚  – bubu-nal) on May, 21st and Buddha’s Birthday (์„๊ฐ€ํƒ„์‹ ์ผ – Seogga-tansinil) this year on Mai, 25th. Inbetween lies Parent’s Day (์–ด๋ฒ„์ด๋‚  – eobeoi-nal) on May, 8th.

Parent’s Day is similar to our Mother’s Day and in fact it was also originally only dedicated to mothers.ย Parent’s Day is a combination of the Christian Mother’s Day and Confucian culture. Continue reading

Why Koreans take WHAM seriously

Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away.

This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special.

If Germans hear Last Christmas by WHAM! in September they know the awful commercial Christmas time is on the way and try to avoid it until Christmas Eve. If Koreans hear the song in September it is the start signal for the most irritating sport ever: grab yourself a lover for Christmas Day.

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The Ice Cream Bouquet

It is getting warm in Seoul and during the day it constantly has 30-33ยฐC and about 25ยฐC at night. This wouldn’t be that bad if the humidity wasn’t that high, too. Still, it is not as worse as it can be for example in Thailand or Singapore. Yet, I am always happy for getting a possibility to cool down a little and still be out and about exploring.

So my friend decided to go to a special ice cream shop called Gemello near ์ •์ž์—ญ (Jeong-Ja-Station). Now, ice cream parlors are not that unusual to Germans as we have them everywhere and it is unimaginable to spend a summer whithout sitting in one and enjoying ice cream. However, in big meteroplitan (Asian?) cities like Seoul, Bangkok, Hong-Kong or Tokyo it is more difficult to find these kind of shops.

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