All in CULTURE

10 Uniquely Korean Customs & Mannerisms

Every country has a host of social manners and etiquette that contribute to define its culture. This is no exception with South Korea. In fact, the Korean peninsula boasts plenty of these customs. Today, we take a look at some nuanced mannerisms that I’ve observed during my sojourn.

Why corridos matter

Corridos are a narrative style of Mexican music that date back to the Mexican Revolution, in the early 20th century. This genre of music, akin to a ballad, was a way for news of battles and victories to travel from one part of the country to another. Instead of perishing with the war, corridos have evolved over time and adapted to reflect the themes affecting modern life both in Mexico and parts of the US. This style of song remains popular today.

 

On love & relationships in S. Korea

For the blog’s first guest piece, Rob Defina dives into the intricacies of romantic love, S. Korea’s obsession with coupledom, the superficiality that often accompanies these relationships, and SoKo’s conservative take on sex. This marks the beginning of a guest writer series in which a variety of topics will be explored.

Words you’ve never heard of but should know

Ever find yourself unable to accurately describe an abstract feeling, thought or idea? Rest at ease because there’s a word for that! Today, I share 20 terms for the unspeakable, transient and almost magical. After all, the power of words is undeniable – they can convey profound meaning, inflict great joy and also cause immense pain. Undoubtedly, words play a central role in the fabric of our existences.