Culture; The Way of Life
Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:27 pm
Culture is defined as sharing beliefs, norms and attitude. In other words, culture is a way of life within which we exist, think, feel and even relate to others. So the culture guides how to behave in a community. Therefore misunderstanding may occur between members of different culture. In order not to misunderstand and misinterpret, we have to be aware of cultural differences. I would like to talk about a part of Korean culture. Have you ever heard ‘ìƒë¶€ìƒì¡°.’ Actually we have regarded mutual help as a virtue. For example, we usually give money for weddings or funerals. This culture is related to wanting to help each other during both the highs and lows of life. When you can't afford to hold a big event such as wedding or funeral, you are given monetary gift. In the end, you normally have to give the same amount back when the person who was helped out from you holds an event.