confucianism

The West’s Confucian Confusion: How More Confucianism Might Have Saved the Sewol


Whenever a tragedy strikes Korea, many Western observers can’t resist the urge to attribute it to Korean culture.


Salad Bar Confucianism

When a lot of foreigners first step off the boat here in Korea, they probably think two things—

1) What’s that smell?, and
2) What’s up with these people? They’re so nice / strange / rude / different!

Many will stay for a few days, a few months, possibly even a year, and may never get around to answering either of these questions. The answer to the first probably has to do with an overloaded sewage system trying and failing to deal with fifty million people eating fifty million pounds of fermented cabbage and soybeans every day; the answer to the second (relating to the reason why so many people eat so much fermented food) is still too elusive for me, and I’ve lived here for three years.


Korea: A Low Trust Society?

http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110802000634

An interesting article in the Korea Herald recently caught my eye (HT to ROKDrop and William on KBC for posting about it previously). The article featured a lot of mixed themes between trust, lying, legal and cultural points but wading through it does make for an interesting societal discussion. The listed facts and figures can’t really tell the whole story in this situation and while raw numbers have increased, I would present it as evidence of Korea becoming a more litigious society with expanding impersonal ties leading to more accusations.


The Creepy Korean Moonies

The Rogues tackled the topic of the Unification Church, or Mooniesin this week’s  . The four Rogues disclosed some damning facts about the messiah cult, its financial and alleged criminal activities, and Moon’s “Six Mary’s” sexual peccadilloes. I also like how Dr. Jay Novella characterized the organization as a front for business, not a religious one.


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