Essay on The Importance Of A Nation, Culture, Or Ethnic Group

1581 Words Feb 26th, 2016 null Page
In examining a nation, culture, or ethnic group, it is important to establish why the study is occurring before deciding how the study unfolds. There are two important reasons to become more aware of a culture. First, as a military leader, it is critical to examine the operational environment in which one operates. Second, being able to cross cultural barriers and grasp the inner workings of another region allows one to remain adaptive, culturally sensitive, and relevant.
What is culture? According to Merriam-Webster, it is “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place or time” or “a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” In essence, it is what makes a group of people distinct, and often what gives them a sense of identity. However, from a military standpoint, there is much more to find out. In fact, one must research every aspect of the operational environment in order to get a complete grasp on the culture. This break down of South Korea begins with an overview of the country’s identity, beliefs, and arts, followed by an overview of the relevant operational variables.
Understanding the contrast of old and new is key to grasping South Korean identity. After the Korean War ended in 1953, South Korea was considered the poorest country in the world (“Transition to a Democracy,” n.d.). Today, South Korea is a powerhouse of technology and has a thriving export-based economy. Much of the country is modernized,…

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