Archive for September, 2009

Diversity in the World: South Korea

September 25, 2009

  Dr. Sun-A- Lee’s discussion on “Diversity in the World” focusing on South Korea began with a simple question: what is culture? There are various answers to this question, but following this question was why do we adopt certain things in our culture? Well, according to Dr. Sun-A-Lee, we do things in our culture because it has been passed down over time, but most importantly to survive.  

There are many differences between prejudice, stereotypes, and ethnocentrism.  With that being said, the most important difference between stereotypes and prejudice and racism is that stereotypes  that  don’t have to be negative all the time. Americans are stereotyped among other cultures as arrogant due to media such as television, radio, etc. So we  (Americans) must alter these stereotypes by learning from other cultures.

What can Americans learn from South Koreans? We can learn to work hard and take responsibility for our actions.  South Koreans socialize to be humble and honest. 

 Here are some global percentages that might shock you:

  • there is 6.8 billion global population
  • 20% are illterate
  • 1% have college education
  • less than 1% own a computer