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differences between Korean and American culture

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28 April 2007

Differences between Korean and American Culture

The main differences between Korean and American cultures are caused by religious traditions and values which shape both nationalities Confucianism , Buddhism and sacred traditions play a crucial part in life of Korean people . In contrast , Americans pay less attention to religion and religious teaching relying more on education and personal wisdom . In Korea sex and gender is taboo while in America these are the most popular issues discussed in media and press . Cultural

and language diversity are the main characteristics of modern America . Even within nations there is great cultural diversity , for example between the numerous ethnic and racial groups in the United States . Today , many bi-racial families face with the problems caused by educational segregation of their children , right violation and neighbors ' hostility In Korea , cultural and economic diversity is caused by historical development of South and North Korea

Korean culture has a great impact on housing and dress . In Korea clothing reflects social rank of a person and his /her class position . In contrast , clothing in America reflects personal identity and unique taste of a person rather than his class location . Modern Korean food is influence4d by traditional cuisine : rice , beans , barley and seafood . In contrast , American food culture is based on fast food restaurants like MCDonalds and Burger King (hamburgers , salads and baked potatoes . There is a great difference between music , literature and movie industries Many Koreans prefer comedies and dramas while Americans value thrillers and soap operas (McDonogh 78-79 . In America prestige and fashion are more important than in Korea determining class location and self-identity . Koreans people value family relations and have big families (including parents and close relatives . Most immigrants see the American land as `a land of dreams ' paying less attention to old and rich traditions and values . This creates a conflict between foreigners and native population that shaped the American national culture

Works Cited

McDonogh , G . Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture . Routledge 2001


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