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CRW 1 (Mon/Wed class) Unit 2 Customs and Traditions

March 19, 2018

The homework for this week (due Wednesday) 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. cotton candy permalink
    March 19, 2018 6:04 pm

    If you want to visit korean family, you have to remember one thing. You have to take off your shoes before you enter the house. If not, you will be a very rude person. And if you eat with your korean friends or korean family, you have to wait until the oldest person start to eat. You should also be carefull of crossing legs. Not always, but sometimes, it can be rude attitude especially in front of elderly.

  2. disney permalink
    March 20, 2018 8:27 pm

    Our country is very filial. So we have many customs related manners to elderly. We have to wait until oldest person eat, and make a deep bow in holiday to elderly. On holidays like ‘Seollal’ and ‘Chuseok’, we have our unique customs about food. In ‘Seollal’ we eat rice cake soup named ‘tteokguk’. We think we’ll get truly one year older when we eat ‘tteokguk’. Also we have traditional food in ‘Chuseok’. We make and eat rice cake named ‘songpyun’ with our family.

  3. Yeonyy permalink
    March 20, 2018 9:02 pm

    Korea is the country of courteous people in the East, so visitors always have to care about politeness. First, you have to bow to elderly person who is older than you. According to partner’s age, you should make a difference about depth. For example, when you meet an elderly person like 80 years old, you should bow deeply at the waist, but when you meet a man like 25 years old, you can just make a nod. This is important because Koreans think politeness is essential. So when you meet Koreans first, think the way you greet.

  4. YUYU permalink
    March 20, 2018 9:25 pm

    There are traditional table manners in Korea. First, when eating with an elderly person, do not eat before he or she sits down or before he or she lifts a spoon, no matter how hungry you are. Second, when you drink alcohol with an elderly person, you should not look directly at them. Korea has developed a culture of respect for adults due to Confucianism. So, Koreans are sensitive about manners. Therefore, if you know these customs when you eat in Korea, you can give others good memories about you.

  5. Rosie permalink
    March 20, 2018 9:27 pm

    If you want to visit Japan, there are some do’s and don’ts of table manners that you must keep in mind. First, you should take food on your own plate. Eating together in one pot is considered very unsanitary in Japan. So anytime you eat stew or something like that, do not put your own chopsticks into the pot. Also, there’s another table manners about using chopsticks. You should not pass any food from chopsticks to chopsticks. In Japanese funeral culture, they take cremains (bones after cremation) with chopsticks. Therefore, taking food with chopsticks can remind Japanese of their funeral process.

  6. cherry blossom permalink
    March 20, 2018 9:35 pm

    Koreans respect senior people and are courteous. Especially, eating properly in good table manners is very important in Korean culture. When we eat with other people, older people eat first. As respecting elders is one of the critical virtue, younger people wait for the elder to come and eat. Likewise, you had better stay until the elder people around you finish their meals. Nowadays, people usually don’t talk while eating. Instead, we watch TV or look down on cell phone. Traditionally, family improve their relationships during the meal. For example, elders give advice to children and young people show their respect. But it is rude to talk while chewing food, so you have to answer after finish chewing.

  7. lhh777js permalink
    March 20, 2018 9:39 pm

    The advice I can give to any foreigner stepping on Mexican lands for the first time, is to be open-minded and patient with people. We, Mexicans, are a culture that tends to make fun of itself and its people, but that does not mean we lack the respect, we are used to it and it is something that does not bother us in reality. When I say that a foreigner needs to be open-minded I mean that he or she is open to the possibilities that may receive some strange comments from us, for the simple fact that they look different to us, it is like a kind of guessing where are you from but don’t worry, we do this just when we get to know you, I mean, when you are getting close to us as a friend, we don’t talk behind your back.
    It is the interesting thing and it is part of getting to know a Mexican, it is not racism, we are not judging anyone, the truth is that we are very friendly people and we love new cultures and more if it marks a big distant to our country because we love to discover new things.

    Other thing that you might know is security. In México, differing from Korea, streets are not safe to be walking at 2 am alone without a company, you better be safe at home so that you won’t be attacked by a drunk crazy go nuts old man with a gun in hand. This is not a daily issue but can happen at least 1 time per 2 weeks if you don’t turn on your red alarms.

  8. cho permalink
    March 20, 2018 9:59 pm

    Korea has strong community spirit and puts stress on manners to each other. When we have a meal, this tendency can be seen easily. Because of Koreans’ community spirit, they usually eat one menu, together. Koreans never consider this behavior as dirty. However, you are not allowed to stir the food with chopsticks. In addition, Koreans value manners so they often wait until the meal is finished with people around them. You should not leave first just after you finish your meal. Like this, we can learn Korea’s customs through their eating manners.

  9. lamp permalink
    March 20, 2018 10:28 pm

    The Korean think showing respect is important especially for elders. People in Korea always bow to elder when they met each other. Also, when Korean take bus or subway, people usually yield their seat to older person even though they are healthy. There are some advices about this custom that you should careful not to be seen impolite. When you meet person who is older than you, it’s rude when you ask for a handshake first. You need to wait until older person ask you handshake. And, you can’t call older people’s name. That’s why Korean ask your age or your position in company at first time to make sure how to call you. You might now there are big holiday in Korea which is Seollal (Korean lunar new year’s day) and Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving day). This time, younger people now to their older relative involve grandparents. You can think it would be nice to bow several times to showing a lot of respect. However, you can’t bow two times in a row because it’s for dead person. It means if you bow double time, you curse them to die.

  10. cheese permalink
    March 20, 2018 10:32 pm

    In Taiwan, where I went last year, I learned about the Taiwan subway culture that is different from ours. In Taiwan, eating and drinking in subway are prohibited by law. Even drinking water or chewing gum can be punished. As this culture is very different from our country where we can eat some light food in public transportation like subway, I nearly made a mistake and I think foreigners who have different customs should be careful because the penalty fee for this is high. Also, unlike our country where we line up in a vertical way in subway we have to line up horizontally in Taipei. I think it is important to keep these small things safe in a country that has different customs from ourselves to do not make some mistakes.

  11. blackpanther permalink
    March 20, 2018 11:38 pm

    Korea has special customs which doesn’t have another country. First is ondol, which is Korean floor heating system. Ondol maintains constant humidity, the floor is warm, the stomach is cool, and it is good for blood circulation. Also, that is very economical because of good thermal efficiency, less fuel use, fewer failures. Second is fermented food like Doenjang, red chili pastes which is called Gochujang and Kimchi. Doenjang and Gochujang increase resistance, and soy sauce helps diuretic action. It is the liver that releases the accumulation of poison to the body so it can help to avoid cancer.

  12. Polar Bear permalink
    March 20, 2018 11:49 pm

    The Republic of Korea has long been regarded as a country of polite manners. Therefore, when it comes to having a meal with Koreans, there are table manners to follow. If you follow these rules, then you will be treated as a person who respects Korean culture. Primarily, you should begin and finish your meal according to the elders. You can end your meal earlier than other people. But you may not leave the table before the eldest person does. By this way, you could show the respect toward elders in Korea. Next, Finally, you should use both hands when pouring beverages into the glass of seniors. Finally, you shouldn’t make a strange slurping sound and blow your nose while having a meal with Koreans.

  13. heeyeonkoo permalink
    March 21, 2018 12:22 am

    Actually, most of people all over the world think that korea and japan are similar to each other. But, there are a lot of differences about customs include table manners between these two countries. Well.. if you are going to travel japan, I want to advice you some things about table manners. First of all, you should hold your plate infront of your body and get some side menus. And using chopsticks is general in japan so you should use chopsticks when you eat the food even like paste soup. But you could use spoon when you eat curried rice. And if you eat something tasty, you should make sounds to prove that you eat the food very well. In korea, it is not polite to make sounds when we’re eating. so I think korean must have to be careful of it. Finally, as you finish eating food, you must have to put the chopsticks at the place it used to be at first and cover with wrapper. These things are most basic table manners in japan. So I think if you could keep these things, you’re now enjoy to eat the food in japan!

  14. starbucks permalink
    March 21, 2018 12:25 am

    In Korea, polite is very important point. So if you visit Korea, you need to know a few things. First of all, you should take off your shoes when you go home. And if there are elder people, you should bend over to greet. If you eat an official dinner with an elder person, you should wait eating until he or she starts eating for polite. Also, you should not put your elbows on the table and make any big noise when you eat. In another point, when you drink with the elder, you should turn your head and drink to respect him or her. Korean people think these kind of rules are very basic and crucial to make good relationships with others and to be a gentleman.

  15. minmin permalink
    March 21, 2018 12:30 am

    In korea, there is a traditional day ‘New Year’s Day’. On that day, we bow down to grandparents and we receive money from them. Also, you can sit on a chair in a restaurant, but you can take off your shoes and eat on the floor. I knew that people from other countries were surprised about this. Next, compared with the United States, the United States uses forks and knives, while Korea uses chopsticks and spoons. So if you are new to Korea, it can be difficult to use chopsticks.

  16. Carol permalink
    March 21, 2018 1:01 am

    Since politeness is very important in Korean culture, there are several manners that visitors need to know. First of all, bowing or shaking hands is a common way to greet a person that you meet for the first time. You should bow deeply at the waist to the elders to show your respect, but you can bow slightly to a person who is younger than you. Also, shaking a person’s hand with two hands is recommended if you meet him or her for the first time. Using both of your hands is a sign of extending courtesy to someone. Secondly, visitors have to know about Korean table manners to give a good impression. You need to wait until the elders start to eat and you shouldn’t rise from the table until the elders finish their meals. These rules are necessary because respect for seniors is very important in Korea.

  17. purplelover permalink
    March 21, 2018 1:23 am

    There are some of advices about Korean custom that visitors from other countries need to know.
    First, In Korea, we use honorific when talking to older people or people we met for the first time. So it might seem rude if someone calls you by only a name or ‘you’. We have specific words that can be used as honorific. When we have to say the word ‘meal’ to elderly, you can substitute the word for ‘진지’.
    Table manners in Korea are also very different from other countries. When we place chopsticks (Koreans usually use chopsticks instead of fork) and a spoon, the spoon always go on the right side of chopsticks. Also, because politeness is very important manner in Korea, the elderly must start to eat first and then the rest could eat later.
    These customs and manners are fundamental in Korea. So If visitors are well informed with these manners, they may understand our culture better and enjoy the stay.

  18. March 21, 2018 4:16 am

    As Korea had developed under the influence of confucian culture, many people in Korea really put emphasis on courteousness and upright character for other people especially the elderly. so you had better know some manners in Korea. First, when you have a meal with the elderly, they should eat first and then you start to eat. Also, you should not get up until they finish eating. Next, when you pour them a drink, you must do it with both hands. If you do it with one hand, you might seem like a rude person. Lastly, when you meet them for the first time and start a conversation, you have to greet them politely and use honorific word. As I said above, Koreans really emphasis courteousness and use honorific word to the elderly, unlike other countries, so this would give a good look.

  19. Grand papang permalink
    March 21, 2018 9:35 am

    There are many countries and cultures and traditions in this world. There are some similarities between many cultures and traditions, but there are differences. I will talk about the difference I know between Korea and Japan. In Korea, When you eat foods, You should’t make sound. This is manner. Especially with older people. But In Japan You should make sound In eating foods. Making sound In eating foods is manner about a cook. Japaneese cooks are proud of their foods, When custormers eat foods with making sound. Because This is evidence that this food is very delicious. But In Korea, Making sound with eating foods is very rude attitude. Keep in mind this difference and I wish you can be polite in this two countries.

  20. Skyblue staR permalink
    March 21, 2018 9:48 am

    First, in Korea, being polite is one of the most important things that you have to know when you visit my country. We have the special way of greeting. We usually bow each other when we meet someone for the first time. And we bow anybody when it is a formal situation like a business meeting. But when it is a private situation, we only bow to seniority. If someone is same age or younger than me, we just say hello, not bowing. Second, Korea has special traditional floor heating system called “Ondol.” Korea has a sedentary lifestyle so we usually lie flatly on the heated floor, not on the bed with fireplace. So you do not have to be embarrassed that sitting on the floor and eating meal. Before you visit Korea, you would better to know these advices about customs in my country.

  21. robert permalink
    March 21, 2018 10:28 am

    If there is a visitor who came to our country, I will give 2 information about our customs. First of all, I will advise him to be careful when you have a meal with older people. In Korea when people have a meal, we can start eating after older people pick up their spoon or chopsticks. It means that we should wait until older people start to eat. In addition, I will tell him about our special first-birthday party. Korean celebrate their baby’s first birthday magnificently to congratulate the past 1 year and prevent for the future. Parent prepare some stuffs and make baby to pick one stuff that symbolize his future. These are the advice for a visitor who visit to Korea.

  22. wingging permalink
    March 21, 2018 10:51 am

    In Korea, there are 2 things that foreigner should know. First of all, as we are influenced by the Confucian culture, there is well developed culture of respecting old people. About table manner, younger people should not start meal before older people do. Likewise, younger people should not leave the table even if they finished meal before older people did. Second, about greeting in formal occasion, kissing or touching other people in public is not common because people are sensitive to physical affection between female and male. Moreover, deep of greeting differs depending on status in society. In other words, higher status other people have, deeper greeting you should.

  23. Hyein_Kim permalink
    March 21, 2018 12:35 pm

    Korea is quite different from the western countries. First, korean can’t look at the eyes, when talking with older people. Because korean think the act of looking straight in the eye is not polite. Second, tip is not common in korea. When you visited a resturant, if yiu leave a tip on the table as you leave, the staff will call you back. Because they think you left your money. Therefore, you don’t need to take care of tips.

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