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CRW1 (Friday class) Unit 2 Customs and Traditions

March 16, 2018

The homework for this week is as follows:

Choose either Korea or a country you know and write advice about customs. You can use the examples of Brazil, Japan, and India on p. 37 as as model.

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  1. HeeYongLee permalink
    March 18, 2018 3:14 am

    I don’t know a lot about another countries’ culture so that I can give some advice about customs of Korea only. Firstly, people usually bow each other when they meet first and also shake their hands. But after shaking hands, people do not usually touch them when they’re talking. If one does, the other person would get embarrassed or feel uncomfortable. Secondly, there is a way to talk to someone who is older than speaker or is upper class. That is called ‘존댓말‘ in Korean, and the opposite word is ’반말‘. No matter how old they are, people also usually use ’존댓말‘ when they meet first . Then, the older person commonly uses 반말 when they get closer, and the younger person uses 반말 too when they become much closer. Lastly, If someone has a boyfriend or a girlfriend, it is not that usual to spend a lot of time or to go out with opposite sex. That could make a big problem between a couple, whereas that is not that a big deal in America.

  2. sdnjadnjkawfnajnfjn permalink
    March 21, 2018 5:31 pm

    I want to introduce korean culture, so I’ll tell about “water self system”. When we visit Korean restaurants, we sometimes get water by our own efforts. It is kind of business ability for cutting down personnel expenses. It also helps to speed up the rate of rotation in the restaurants. Another korean culture is “happy new year’s bow”. It is kind of greeting, and when we doing this, we can take money from older people. By giving them money, older people wish their kid’s happiness. Finally I want to introduce Korean culture that Korean floor heating system ; ondol. when we using this we can hit the floor without electric. Thank you for reading my writing.

  3. mminn permalink
    March 21, 2018 10:16 pm

    One of the best practices you should know before you travel to Korea is that Koreans use the honorific for older people. Korea has been called “the well-mannered country of the East,” because they value courtesy. They use honorific expressions in the sense of respect for adults. For this reason, age is used as the main standard when building a personal relationship. So, you can be friends with people on the same age as you in Korea, whereas age is not important when making friend in western culture. You can be friends with anyone you like. Like, age plays an important role in Korean customs.
    Another characteristic of Korean custom is drinking culture. In Western drinking culture, it is customary to gaze at the other person`s eyes in front and to toast. Avoiding the other person`s eyes can cause discomfort to the other person. However, it is a discourtesy to look at the face of the other person with a toast in Korea. So, you should not watch a person`s face intently when you are cheering with Koreans. Just drink a lot! Then, they will love you.

  4. Park permalink
    March 21, 2018 10:28 pm

    Korean Culture has existed for more than 5,000 years. Here are few Korean customs that people should keep in mind when they visit Korea. First of all, when entering a house, you must remember to remove your shoes. It is because Koreans use floor when they sit or sleep whereas Westerners use chair and bed. Secondly, Korea is a drinking culture. There are various manners that you have to be aware of when you drink with Koreans. People in Korea use both hands when pouring a drink to an elder. In addition, Koreans love to drink and they often drink soju which is a traditional liquor. Furthermore, they shout ‘Geonbae’ that refers to cheers and toast with shot glasses. Thirdly, you should never write your name in red color. Red is an ominous color which connote a meaning of death or despair so you should not use it to write other people’s name. Last but not least, Korean families eat communally which means that they put foods in separate dishes and share them among themselves.

  5. whoru permalink
    March 22, 2018 2:35 am

    For this homework, I searched some country’s customs. Among them, I chose Chinese traditional marriage custom. Long ago, there were so many marriage customs in china because of large landscape, but after ‘한 dynasty’, they got fixed. It is called ‘육례’ that means ‘six mannars’. First, the family of bridegroom send person to propose a marriage to bride’s family. If bride’s family accept a propose, bridegroom send a lot of presents and a pair of wild goose(In china, It means ‘pure love’). Then, bridegroom’s family formally propose a marriage to bride and exchange wedding present. After that, bride’s family choose the date of marriage. For the last, they hold wedding in bride’s house. Interestingly, bride and bridegroom can’t meet each other until wedding because their parents do all of these process. There are some interesting superstition too. Commonly, the bridegroom is older than bride. Also, their age gap can not be 3,6, or 9, because these number signify unlucky in China. Moreover, they don’t get marriage when bride’s 띠(Chinese zodiac sign) is stronger than groom’s that.

  6. Peppermint permalink
    March 22, 2018 8:42 am

    Living with the Koreans ever since I was born has taught me something: we Koreans are very strict with manners toward other people. I know, I know, wherever we go, ‘manners’ are considered as a golden rule (even in the animal kingdom!). But it seems to me that Koreans think of manners like they’re a super-duper, impossible-to-break law; they especially try hard to behave more gently and mannerly to an elder. So, here are some tips for your manners for those visitors who wish to “survive” Korea.
    Firstly, if you ever get the chance of visiting the house full of Koreans, go straight to the elders-they are mostly in their rooms-and bow your head low. This might sound like exaggerating a bit, but once you step inside that house, sending your greetings to the elders must become your priority, for it shows your respect towards the elders.
    Secondly, always use both of your hands when receiving the thing-it could be a tissue, a paper, a spoon…anything!- that an elder has given to you. Using only one hand is generally considered as you do not think highly of that gift or anything an elder has presented you, and that might hurt the elders’ feelings.
    And lastly, when you’re having a meal with the Koreans, try to remember to wait until an elder has taken the first bite. When we families eat together, it is normal for us wait until the eldest person- father or grandfather-in the family eat first. We Koreans always have the manner of respecting the head of the family: even while sitting on the kitchen table.
    It might not seem much, but believe me, it will become very handy from saving you from embarrassment.

  7. I_kite permalink
    March 22, 2018 12:02 pm

    I have never visited Australia, but I would like to introduce the customs and traditions of Australia because it is one of the countries I want to visit. While searching for Australian customs, I found five interesting parts. From now on, I will introduce the five things. The first is to make room for the elderly and pregnant women on the subway. This manner is also common in Korea, but in Australia the culture is much more powerful. If you take the subway, try to give up your seat to an elderly person or pregnant woman. Secondly, I would like to show that shaking hands each other is good. It is essential to shake hands with a first-met person after introducing yourself. Both men and women’s non-shaking behavior is likely to be considered offensive and can be suspected of being gay if you are a male. Thirdly, I would like to tell you that if you sneeze, you should say ‘ bless you ‘. The reason is because there is a religious superstition that sneezing makes the soul go out of the way and makes the demon come into the body. If someone sneezes, you may find a stranger saying ” bless you “. If you visit Australia and see someone sneezing around you, say “bless you”. Fourth, I would like to let you know that it is good to say hello to someone you don’t even know. People often greet each other even if they see someone they don’t know. When you encounter someone in your neighborhood or in a secluded place, make a small greeting. Lastly, Australians usually take a shower within 10 minutes. There is a tradition of saving water in Australia. So it is a common sight among Australians in their 40s or older as a way to save water. Keep in mind that if you take a long shower, you may be scolded. If you visit Australia, refer to the five things I mentioned earlier.

  8. March 22, 2018 4:39 pm

    Gi Hee Oh

    Choose either Korea or a country you know and write advice about customs.
    Every country has different culture. There is no culture that is superior to another. Every culture is unique in own way. For example, Korea has unique ceremony for little baby. When baby turns one year old, Parents hold party to celebrate the baby’s healthiness and happiness. In past, medical skill wasn’t developed like today. Many babies died earlier than now. Therefore, parents held big party to celebrate when babies turn one year old. In party, parents prepare several items for baby to pick. This gives entertainment for people to see what baby holds. If baby holds pencil, he or she is likely to become scholar. The prediction is just for fun. . So don’t be panic when people say that items show future. There is another big ceremony which is Korea Thanks Giving Day, Chu-Suk. Chu-suk is the day when every family gathers to eat crop they harvest. Chu-Suk is also the day when relatives give money to young. There are many foods, but the most popular food is songpyeon, which is similar to rice cake. However, inside the cake, there are variety of seeds and beans. I loved to eat those. During thanks giving day, do not refuse money that is handed to you. It is impolite to reject money. Therefore, instead of rejecting gift or money, you should show your appreciation toward that person by saying “Thanks you”

  9. March 22, 2018 5:15 pm

    As soon as I looked this homework, I came to mind immediately a something custom. I have known very interesting greet custom in Africa, Tanzania. This tribe named Masai spit at people when they meet or part. They even spit at newborn baby for blessing. Also they spit each others when they trade cause haggling. Isn’t it so interesting? I was so socked when I heard their way of greeting. But this custom is very influenced by environmental factor. In Africa having dry season and rainy season, they very valuable the water. So to spit at each others mean they give and take precious moisture, they express their friendship and love. But they don’t spit at visitor. A male and female who did the age ceremony that their own unique ceremony shake hand and boy and girl who didn’t the ceremony put their head out to visitor when they greet. Then visitor should pat their head. So you don’t worry if you meet to Masai people.

  10. MSee permalink
    March 22, 2018 5:43 pm

    In Japan, giving a present as a handkerchief is not a good idea because it means disconnection in Japanese. The Japanese usually calls the last name of each other. Before you get friendly with them, calling other’s first name may seem awkward. If you have an appointment in their house, you should arrive at time, or few minutes later. It is impoliteness to arrive early. You should be aware of taking off your shoes without showing your back. When you go inside the house, you had better putting on slippers in the house. Barefoot can be seen rude. Also, if you have presents for them, it is better to give in a room rather than a porch. Something to eat or drink would be the best gift. The Japanese are known as polite and kind people. So visitors should check all the detail etiquette of Japan.

  11. gunwoo permalink
    March 22, 2018 6:13 pm

    Because I don’t know correctly other country’s customs,I’ll introduce about Korean customs. Korean spends ‘The 24th solar term’ every year. The 24th solar term was made for seasonal classification. The most famous 24th solar term is ‘추석’ and ‘설날’. ‘추석’ is the day is in the fall and people celebrate the harvest. On ‘추석’, people go to their parent’s house,stay in for few days, and cook many foods. And ‘설날’ is new year’s day by lunar calendar. Like ‘추석’, on ‘설날’, people go to ther parent’s house and stay in for few days.
    But unlike ‘추석’, younger people bow to older people and older people give some money to younger people. We called it ‘세뱃돈’,which means that I wish you all the best this year. After bowing, people eat ‘떡국’,which is soup bolied with rice cake. In Korea, eating ‘떡국’ means that I got one year older.

  12. Oreo O's permalink
    March 22, 2018 9:09 pm

    It is important to know what to expect in South Korea and how to react to the cultural differences. There are three customs that you should know before visiting South Korea.
    First, South Koreans put emphasis on politeness and respect towards elders. for example, there are a number of words stand for respect forms and koreans use the honorific.
    Second, There is no tipping culture in South Korea. Sometimes visitors who came from overseas may feel confused about it.
    Lastly, South Koreans don’t like to say ‘no’ because they don’t want to annoy other people. So sometimes they beat around the bush and try to find a refusal couched in polite terms.
    If you keep those three customs in mind, you could get accustomed to the South Korea’s culture.

  13. song ji yeon permalink
    March 22, 2018 9:55 pm

    I am learning about Spain nowadays so I will introduce the culture of Spain.
    First, the Spanish people are generally friendly and approachable to the people they meet first. So even if you do not have a face, hola and greetings are nice to meet you. Also, friends or facial relationships tend to be more important.
    it is generally a society that respects the elderly, respects women.
    but if there are unreasonable cases, it does not respect old people in Spain.
    And regarding the table manners,the Spanish people say that when they eat, they put both hands on the table.
    Because, the Spanish people think that placing one hand on the knee and the other hand on the table is not polite.
    And in drinking culture, you should refrain from handing the liquor, and you should not fill the liquor with alcohol.
    And the reservation culture is generally developed, and when you receive a gift, opening it right on the spot is a courtesy for people who give gifts.
    And the act of taking off shoes and showing foot is said to be ridiculous.

  14. kkong permalink
    March 22, 2018 10:06 pm

    As I have not thought about korean culture in detail, I searched for it on the internet. Through this experience, I could learn many things that I didn’t know or even thought about. First of all, koreans are strict about keeping manner in a public place. For instance, when we meet the elders, we should bow down at 90 degrees. It is a common sense that should be taught from our parents. Secondly, people cook the food in a pot and share it among themselves. As the saying goes, we call it ‘한솥밥을 먹는다.’(similar to ‘Live under the same roof’) In western sites, this kind of table manner is considered rude, but in Korea it is a traditional culture. Last but not least, the drinking custom. In Korea, when young people pour drink to the elder, they have to use both hands politely. Moreover, when you drink you have to turn your body to the other side of the elders.

  15. Gongcha permalink
    March 22, 2018 11:02 pm

    There are many cultures in the world. And also there are many cautions about each those cultures. In case of Korea, it is important to be courteous to other people.
    Firstly, Korean people have learned since they are young that we have to be polite to the people who are older than themselves. For instance, you should eat after the old man has eaten first and make a polite hand when handing over things. Additionally, when you meet older people you have to bend over and say hello politely. Also when receiving a drink from an older person, it is best to keep one hand on the other wrist and turn your head to drink.
    Secondly, Koreans are more concerned and considerate of others than they are of themselves. When Koreans talk with someone, they consider the feelings of the other person. So they usually speak indirectly. Also, we can see that characteristic too when we use public transports. We offer our seat to the old and the infirm even though we pay the fee too or even more.
    Thirdly, we are also polite to our deceased ancestors. So we have ancestral rites during traditional holidays and on anniversary of their death. During the rites, we prepare food and politely the liquor for them. After that, we bow to our ancestors three times.
    In conclusion, through these things you can see Korea has the culture to get along well with others. So if you consider these Korean custom and try to show your consideration for someone, you can adapt Korean custom soon.

  16. Ksp permalink
    March 23, 2018 7:03 am

    I want to talk about Japan’s culture. First, Japanese have their rice bowl on their hand while they eat their meal. In Korea this is not allowed because Koreans think it goes against their table manners. Also when we are eating food together it is impolite to pass food using my chopsticks. This is because in Japan they use chopsticks to put leftover bones into the pot when one’s body gets cremated. So it is better to let the individual to grab the amount of food. Also they rarely use spoon when eating the soup. So we should not think that is weird or tell them to use spoon when having soup. Because it is their culture and we don’t have responsibility to change their custom. When we notice this table manners and visit Japan we will has no difficulty in communicating with Japanese. So when you go to Japan we should understand the differences in customs and try not to behave disrespectfully.

  17. Ji Woo Kim permalink
    March 23, 2018 9:43 am

    I am interested in India
    Because I have seen many Bolly wood movies
    and eaten lots of Indian foods, so I am familiar with Indian cultures.
    For this reasons, I want to introduce India cultures to you.
    Firstly, I will talk about food cultures.
    When you are eating food, you should not only use spoons, chopsticks but hand is allowed
    They use spoon only when they are eating hot food.
    And you must not use left hand. It means you don’t observe the proprieties.
    Also, alcohol is not allowed in the open air. Alcohol is only allowed in the inside.
    What I don’t like is they do not eat beef because of Hinduism.
    Secondly, they have a lots of languages.
    They have 3372 languages and they usually use 216 languages.
    I think they might have difficulties in leaning languages.
    Lastly, they have caste system which divides people by natural status.
    Nowdays, they don’t admit this system legally but many people think this system is right.
    I think this system must be get out of force because of human rights problem.

  18. mei permalink
    March 23, 2018 10:11 am

    Because I learned Chinese 5 years ago, I’d like to introduce Chinese Culture. First, it’s about number. Chinese like 8 and don’t like 4. Because 8(bā)’s pronunciation is similar to getting wealth(fā)’s pronunciation. And 4(sì) is similar to death(sǐ). So Chinese hate 4. Second, it’s about birthday food. In Korea, we eat sea mustard soup. However, In China, they eat 长寿面, (chángshòumiàn) a long stretch of noodle. It means live longer like long noodle. Third, it’s about present.They want to give present in even number. And present watch isn’t good idea.
    Because giving watch(sòngzhōng)’s pronunciation is like have a funeral(sòngzhōng). Like these culture, Chinese tend to care about pronunciation.

  19. sineddluna permalink
    March 23, 2018 1:53 pm

    I studied customs of Egypt. The Egyptian women attend market and are employed in trade, while men stay at home and do the weaving. Men in Egypt carry loads on their heads, women on their shoulders. Women pass water standing up, men sitting down. No woman holds priestly office, either in the service of goddess or god. Only men are priests in both cases. Sons are under no compulsion to support their parents if they do not wish to do so, but daughters must, whether they wish it or not. In other nations the relatives of the deceased in time of mourning cut their hair, but the Egyptians, who shave at all other times, mark a death by letting the hair grow both on head and chin.

  20. sineddluna permalink
    March 23, 2018 1:57 pm

    I studied customs of Egypt. The Egyptian women attend market and are employed in trade, while men stay at home and do the weaving. Men in Egypt carry loads on their heads, women on their shoulders. Women pass water standing up, men sitting down. No woman holds priestly office, either in the service of goddess or god. Only men are priests in both cases. Sons are under no compulsion to support their parents if they do not wish to do so, but daughters must, whether they wish it or not. In other nations the relatives of the deceased in time of mourning cut their hair, but the Egyptians, who shave at all other times, mark a death by letting the hair grow both on head and chin. I think Egyptian are unique. Don’t disregard their customs.

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