Culture Paper

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Culture Paper: South Korea

The Korean peninsula has been inhabited for roughly 40,000 years. Many significant events throughout Korea’s history have played important roles in shaping Korea’s culture into what it is today. The name Korea originally rooted from “Koryo,” which was the succeeding dynasty in 918-1392 after the Tongil Silla period (period in which the peninsula was unified). Korea was imposed by Japanese colonial rule and finally liberated at the end of World War II in 1945. Following the end of the war, Korea faced an internal battle, resulting in the division of the country into two parts: the north, which is the People’s Republic of Korea backed by powerful communist allies such as China and Russia, and the south, which
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It was even more difficult for Koreans to assimilate into the American culture with Koreans’ emphasis on collectivism as opposed to American emphasis on individualism. Koreans strongly stress harmony with order and prioritize the overall well being of the family and/or community over themselves. This is subtly exemplified in their common language usage of “our” rather than “my” (stone, 2005, p.118). Evidently, they value interdependence among family members over independence and help from others is commonly accepted. However, these values appear to not be as well portrayed relative to people with disabilities. Causes of disabilities are a result of supernatural agents, the mother doing something wrong, due to genetic defects of disease, etc. In short, there is an explicitly illustrated negative attitude toward people with disabilities, which often leaves people with disabilities to be isolated. This is reflective of Koreans homogenous and conservative nature in terms of values and customs. Deviating from the social norm is generally scorned and the individual as well as his/her family often “suffer from shame, helplessness, denial, withdrawal, and depression” (Stone, 2005, p. 123). Thus, individuals are often well-respected dependent on the status of his/her family as a whole granted the regards to family as the basic social unit. Within the family, the roles are very much defined relative to

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