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    may even continue to do research with South Korea again. Besides research I plan to continue my studying of the language by taking a few Korean classes at Florida State University. Some of the classes that I plan to take are Elementary Korean II. It emphasizes speaking and listening, as well as studying Hangeul in further detail. Another class is Korean Reading and Conversation, this course continues to stress speaking and listening skills and introduces more of the essentials of Korean grammar. After I am done with school, I may go back to South Korea as a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs in the hope of connecting with South Korea on environmental…

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    As a young daughter of a Korean mother I was, I have spoken and written in Korean until I was registered for kindergarten in America. Of all places, New York, a home that was well-recognized for its lively atmosphere and its school systems that were pacing to grant top academic statuses. Having spoken my native language ever since I was little, I was placed into ESOL by default. I can only recall rewriting a short sentence given by my teacher, repeatedly, until it was embedded in my fingers, and…

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    For instance, many of these marketplaces have food stalls and stores for clothes for just the right price. This place is known as a familiar place, sort of like a home for many koreans. Furthermore, marketplaces are sort of the asian version of New York. Most stores in the marketplace tend to offer a pretty fair price to begin with, so negotiation isn’t needed, but if you negotiate with them they might take you for granted. So here is a rule of thumb, if a price is posted, it usually not open…

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    Diversity In South Korea

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    such historical events opened doors for the Korean people to unite while preserving their shared culture by maintaining “their own distinctive language, culture, dress, and cuisine” (Stone, 2005, p.117). Following, there were three major waves of immigration to the United States respectively in 1903, 1950, and 1965 with the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act. Reasons for the accelerating number of Korean immigrants are many, mainly driven with hopes of a better education and opportunities for…

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    the country’s citizens; this is far from the truth. To understand the culture of North Korea, we have to understand the definition of culture. “Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts” (Kim Ann Zimmermann, Live Science Contributor, 2017). The country claims to run under the “Juche” ideology, or rejecting dependence on others using one’s own mind, and believing in one’s own strength.…

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    Imagine living in the extremely dictated country of North Korea. You would never be able to leave the country’s limits because of the restrictions Kim Jong-Un has enforced among all of the North Korean citizens; North Korea’s leader has put on the country. The discrimination against North Korean’s by their leader is highly unfair and should be stopped immediately. North Korea has been a communist country and controls their people since 1918, democracy is a better way of life and not all are…

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    Juche Ideology Summary

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    The Juche ideology celebrates the greatness of the Korean race as embodied in the figures of the Great Leader Kim Il Sung, and in that of his successor the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. According to the testimonies of North Korean defectors, starting from their childhood people are taught to look at the two Kim as semi-divine infallible heroes which devoted their life in the struggle against Western and Japanese imperialism. Consistent with these findings, C. Richardson provided some precious insight…

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    We all lived on a military base for all my life since I met my dad and it was not until I was 14 years old that I lived in a house my parents officially owned. It was then I realized what my parents have done for me. My American father wanted me to adapt to the American culture. In order to do that, my dad decided I needed to stop following the Korean customs. I came to America at a young age, so I never experienced the "culture shock." My parents agreed that I had to stop learning the Korean…

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    Korean Westernized Fashion

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    Korean traditional dress named Hanbok was used to distinguish upper class from lower class in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). People at that time showed their social class by using different colors and embellishments of Hanbok to separate each other. Korean perspective of wearing Hanbok was not changed much even though Korea’s industrialization was quickly advanced in a short period of time. Intentional or not, people wearing different clothes distinguished between upper class and lower class.…

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    Japanese imperialism in Korea had a significant ambivalent impact towards many Koreans. This essay will compare and contrast the differences between the first ten and second ten years of Japanese colonial policy in Korea. This is because Korea experiences dramatically changes in their cultural, political and economic policy under the Japanese rules. The essay will then distinguish why Japan changed its policies during the colonial period and how the changes in these two decades were effective.…

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