Essay on North Korea

853 Words Oct 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Values, Norms, Traditions, and Narratives of North Korean Culture
Even though the cultural values of North Korea are always evolving,I felt that the following values and norms are fundamental to their culture. Harmony in personal relationships is a dominant force in a Korean’s life (Moerch). Facts, logic and conclusions are often not nearly as important as how one is looked upon by others. Friendships are tight-knit and valuable. It is an insult to refuse a friend’s request. It is even less forgivable to fail a superior. These friendships are possible because everyone does his or her best to preserve the harmony of good feelings. The bearer of bad news may smile to soften the blow, or they may avoid giving the news, even if s/he is merely
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The Korean values of obligation towards others, respect for family, elders and authority, loyalty, and honor are all part of its Confucian (2012). Although it is not seen as a religion in this increasingly Christian society, and although it is no longer part of the ‘public’ school curriculum, Confucianism still plays an important role in N.Korean society.
Personal Relationships in Korea frequently take precedence over business. In order to be successful, it is vital to establish good, personal relationships based on mutual trust and benefit. South Korean culture is firmly grounded in respect and in order to establish this, it is essential that you have the right introduction and approach. How you dress in North Korea is so important that the clothes you wear reflect your status and also that of the person with whom you are doing business (2012). If you are a man, you should wear a tie and a suit jacket when outside the office. When a Korean smiles it is an expression of happiness, but it can also express shame or embarrassment.
Koreans often speak very loudly especially when talking on the telephone. Should you be having a business conversation over the phone with someone who sounds as though s/he is shouting, don’t take it to be an expression of anger or frustration on the caller’s part (Moerch). Telephone conversations sometimes end in what might appear to a

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