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Culture and customs of Korea
Clark, Donald N.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 204 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Story of the Korean people -- Thought and religion -- Arts and literature -- Performing arts -- Daily life and folkways -- Life in a Korean village -- Life in urban Korea -- Gender, marriage, and the lives of Korean women -- Greater Korea: looking ahead.
Reading Level:
1400 Lexile.
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For centuries, although strongly influenced by the Chinese, Koreans have maintained a unique civilization with their own language, social organization, food, national costume, political institutions, and customs. The disruptions of the 20th century have included a long and difficult period of foreign rule and a devastating civil war. However, Koreans continue to prize their traditional culture, and the younger generations have embraced Koreanness with a determination to assert Korea's place in the world. Culture and Customs of Korea artfully depicts the past and present in North and South Korea with chapters on the story of the Korean people, thought and religion, arts and literature, performing arts, daily life and folkways, life in a Korean village, life in urban Korean, and gender, marriage, and the lives of Korean women. A chronology and glossary supplement the text.

Author Notes

DONALD N. CLARK is Professor of History and Director of International Studies at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has written and edited a number of works on Korea, including Christianity in Modern Korea (1986).

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Series Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Chronologyp. xvii
1 The Story of the Korean Peoplep. 1
2 Thought and Religionp. 29
3 Arts and Literaturep. 61
4 Performing Artsp. 81
5 Daily Life and Folkwaysp. 91
6 Life in a Korean Villagep. 119
7 Life in Urban Koreap. 135
8 Gender, Marriage, and the Lives of Korean Womenp. 157
9 Greater Korea: Looking Aheadp. 179
Glossaryp. 185
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 193
Indexp. 199