Professor: Ben Linzer
Topic: Korean’s family life
a. Family relationship
1. Family relationship
Traditionally, Koreans are proud of their good relationship among family members. We think that respect for the elder is the noblest attribute of Korean society. Elderly people give advice to the younger generation, and the younger people submit to the elder's wise advice. Korean families are called a "small society." They feel a strong responsibility about bringing their home as a part of the social educational center. Although the idea of individualism and economic growth brings family division, most Koreans don't forget that the family is the most important group for themselves as well as for the country. There are still many extended Korean families who live with three generations. Many first born sons feel their responsibility of taking care of their parents. The family is the most important part of Korean life. In Confucian tradition, the father is the head of the family and it is his responsibility to provide food, clothing and shelter, and to approve the marriages of family members. The eldest son has special duties: first to his parents, then to his brothers from older to younger, then to his sons, then to his wife, and lastly to his daughters. Family welfare is much more important than the needs of the individual. Members of the family are tied to each other because the actions of one family member reflect on the rest of the family. In many cases the family register can trace a family's history, through male ancestors, for over 500 years. Table manners
Wait to be told where to sit. There is often a strict protocol to be followed. The eldest are served first.
The oldest or most senior person is the one who starts the eating process. Never point your chopsticks.
Do not pierce your food with...
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7. Economics, The great decompression, Oct 26th 2013, http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21588373-there-are-perils-country-having-all-your-children-working-too-hard-one-big-exam
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