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Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture

EAN: 9788962970227

Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture
ISBN: 978-89-6297-022-7  //  ISBN: 9788962970227
Erscheinungsjahr: 2011
Verlag: Jimoondang
Seitenzahl: 288
Sprache: Englisch
Herkunftsland: Korea

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The Korea Culture Research Institute (KCRI) at Ewha Womans University is proud to announce the publication of Ewha's Korea Studies Series for Globalization, a comprehensive set of textbooks on Korean language, culture, history and arts that can deliver academic, yet realistic information about Korea to domestic and foreign college level students in and out of Korea, as well as Koreans living abroad. 

Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture, Ewha's Korea Studies Series for Globalization 2 explores the cultural phenomena in Korea that have resulted from dramatic economic growth and rapid change in society over a short period of time. This book covers various aspects of Korean culture including Korea's daily culture by focusing on food, clothing and shelter, the characteristics of the modern Korean family and the status of women, the religious pluralism of Korea, Korea's 20th Century Popular Culture originating from the Korean Wave Hallyu, and the current situation of divided Korea.

Chapter 1 Korea's Everyday Culture takes a look at Bibimbap, Kimchi and the 'Mash-up' Culture, the coexistence of traditional house Hanok villages and modern apartment complexes, modernization of the time-honored garment Hanbok, and Korea's unique 'We-ism' in the internet age. 

Chapter 2 Characteristics of Modern Korean Family and the Status of Women analyzes a family cycle transition based on marriage and childbearing, and presents both optimistic and pessimistic views with regard to the changing status of women. 

Chapter 3 Understanding Korean Religion explores the intriguing situation of Korea, in which various religions ranging from shamanism and Buddhism to Confucianism and Christianity coexist in peace, while at the same time eastern Buddhism and western Christianity are competing against each other. 

Chapter 4 Understanding Korea's 20th Century Popular Culture examines Korean pop culture against the backdrop of gradual changes in society over time, starting from the times of freedom and chaos in the 1950s, through the 1960-70s when economic development was in full force, continuing through the 1980s which witnessed the emergence of a resistant culture as well as the rise of teenagers as new consumers, to the end of 1990s and 2000s when Korea became one of the major international cultural exporters with new digital generation and the Korea's Hallyu boom. 
Finally, Chapter 5 Cultural History of Division analyzes Korea's social reality through the eyes of Korean literature and popular songs, depicting the destruction of humanity induced by the Korean War and portraying the pain suffered by families separated due to war.

Chapter 1 Korea's Everyday Culture…Mihyun Kim 

Ⅰ. Culinary Culture: Bibimbap, Kimchi, and Sujeo Culture 
1. Bibimbap and the "Combination" culture 
2. Kimchi and fermentation culture 
3. Guk, gukmul, sujeo culture 

Ⅱ. Housing Culture: Hanok and Ondol, the Republic of Apartments 
1. The structure and elements of a hanok 
2. Characteristics of hanok: maru and ondol 
3. The aesthetics of hanok 
4. Today's hanok 
5. The Republic of Apartments 

Ⅲ. Clothing Culture: The Tradition and Modern Characteristics 
of Hanbok, the Name Brand and Jjaktung 
1. Tradition of hanbok 
2. Korea, the fashion power: Dongdaemun Fashion Valley 

Ⅳ. The Internet Culture: Cyworld, Lineage and 'We' 
1. The internet powerhouse 
2. Dynamic Korea 
3. Cyworld, a friendly world 
4. Korea in the online game, Lineage 
5. We-ism in Korea's internet culture 

Chapter 2 The Characteristics of Modern Korean Family and the Status of Women…Inhee Hahm 

Ⅰ. Where We Stand 

Ⅱ. The Current Situation of the Korean Family 
1. The process of getting married 
2. Typical gender roles in a marriage 
3. Sexual relations before and after marriage 
4. Divorce and remarriage 
5. The status of kinship 
6. Preparation for aging 
7. Korean family values 

Ⅲ. The Change of Family Life Cycle: From Institutional Family to Companionate Family 

Ⅳ. The Status of Women: A "Subtle Revolution" 
1. The age of subtle gender discrimination 
2. Social institutions and the status of women 

Ⅴ. Future of Women: The 21st Century Calls for Women! 

Chapter 3 Understanding Korean Religion…Joonsik Choi 

Ⅰ. Opening Words 

Ⅱ. Everlasting Religion for Koreans: Shamanism 
1. History and traditions of Shamanism 
2. Characteristics of Korean Shamanism 
3. A modern implication of Korea's Shamanism 
4. Closing words 

Ⅲ. The Real Power in the Arena of Korea's Religions Christianity 
1. Christianity in Korea and its numerous world-records: Catholicism 
2. Christianity in Korea and its numerous world-records: Protestantism 
3. Why are Koreans passionate about Christianity? 
4. Closing words: The future of Christianity in Korea 
Ⅳ. The Birth Place of Korea's Religious Culture: Buddhism 
1. Buddhist tradition over 1,600 years 
2. Korea's world-class Buddhist artifacts 
3. Closing words 
V. Teachings That Fixed the Characteristics of Koreans: Confucianism 
1. A brief history of Korea's Confucianism 
2. Two pillars of Confucianism: Xiao (filial piety) and Ti (seniority between the senior and the junior) 
3. Korea benefitted from Confucianism 
4. Traditional Confucian elements that remain today: Ancestor worship 
5. Relics of Confucianism 
6. Closing words 

Ⅵ. Religions Created by Koreans: Of Newly Emerged Religions 
1. The shared qualities in the teachings of newly emerged religions 
2. Three axes of Korea's newly emerged religions: Cheondogyo, Jeungsangyo and Won Buddhism 

Ⅶ. Closing Words 

Chapter 4 Understanding Korea's 20th Century Popular Culture…Younghoon Kim 

Ⅰ. Korea's Popular Culture during Japanese Colonial Period 
1. The beginning of Korea's modernization and popular culture 
2. Establishment of the mass media 
3. Popular music during the Japanese colonial period 
4. Sinpa and popular culture during Japanese colonial period 
5. Era of Japanese colonial period seen through major movies 

Ⅱ. Popular Culture Before and After the Liberation of Korean War (1950s) 
1. Freedom and Chaos 
2. Popular music of the liberation, the War and the division 
3. Popular culture that fed on "America" 
4. Rules of anti-communism and popular culture 
5. The 1950s seen through major movies 

Ⅲ. Economic Development and Popular Culture (1960s-1970s) 
1. The Park Jung Hee regime and popular culture 
2. Popular culture in State-led industrialization and censorship 
3. Popular music of the 1960s and 70s 
4. Renaissance of Korean Cinema 
5. The 1960s and 70s seen through major movies 

Ⅳ. The 5th and 6th Republic and Popular Culture (1980s-1990s) 
1. Seoul Spring 1980 and Gwangju Democratization Movement 
2. The 5th Republic policy on control over culture 
3. Popular culture in the era of the Olympics and professional sports games 
4. Teenagers as consumers 
5. Campaign culture for the masses in the 1980s 
6. The significance of the June Rebellion of 1987 in the history of popular culture 
7. Korea in the 1980s revisited through major movies 

Ⅴ. Popular Culture in the 1990s, The Democratization Era 
1. The Civilian Government and opening of culture market 
2. The emergence of the video generation and the new generation culture 
3. Growth of Korean Cinema in the 1990s 
4. The 1990s seen through major movies 

Ⅵ. Korea's Popular Culture in The New Millennium 
1. Globalization and popular culture 
2. Sintoburi and popular culture 
3. Popular culture in the era of globalization and a new group of consumers 
4. How Hallyu began 
5. Popular culture of the 2000s seen through major movies 

Chapter 5 The Cultural History of Division: Over the Boundary toward Liberation…Kisung Lee 

Ⅰ. Severance and Borders: The Background and Formation of Division 
1. From liberation to division 
2. War and the cultural history of division 

Ⅱ. Tension and Search for Reconciliation: Cultural Policy of Division 
1. Division and effort toward reunification 
2. Culture of division 

Ⅲ. Separation and Reunion: Social Aspects of Separation by War 
1. Separation by war and reunion 
2. Culture in separation 

Ⅳ. Overcome Division, Overcome Boundary: Vision of Reunification 
1. The outlook for finding reunification solutions 
2. Culture of reunification 


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