Friday, September 26, 2014

[Entertainment] What do you think about the Korean culture?─비정상회담(Non-summit Talks)

What do you think about the Korean culture?
In Korea, a TV show called ‘non-summit talks’, in which several foreign people discuss Korean culture reflecting their culture and ways of thinking, is very popular.
The show let Koreans understand how foreign people accept cross-cultural discrepancies or look big issues happen in Korea. Now, let's have a look at their notions and opinions about the issues discussed earlier in this TV show.


1. Are the cities in Korea good for living for foreigners?
Are the cities in Korea good for living for foreigners?



The answers of foreigners of the questions
-It’s cheap for eating out. I was surprised to see the water and side dishes at the restaurant did not take extra charges, including toilet!!
→Well, the coffee is amazingly expensive though...

-I’m so happy that the public transportations fare is incredibly cheap! Even that of taxies!!

-Well, I think the air pollution is a serious problem in Korea. I sometimes feel stuffy when I’m in downtown.
→Whether you think air pollution is serious or not is a relative subject. You may think it serious if compared to that of Germany or Switzerland but pretty good to that of China or Turkey. 


2. What do you think of a man who carries a lady’s bag?

What do you think of a man who carries a lady's bag?


The answers of foreigners of the questions
-It looks no good to see a man who carries his girlfriend’s or wife’s the small handbag. I can’t understand.

-Well, the negative thought on him is a kind of discrimination, isn’t it? He must be a well mannered person, I’d say.

-I think it depends on situation. If my girlfriend carries lots of stuffs, why shouldn’t I carry her bag?


3. Is corporal punishment necessary to discipline children?
Is corporal punishment necessary to discipline children?


The answers of foreigners of the questions
-Corporal punishment is just a way to resolve a conflict in a violent manner. It cannot be a fundamental solution.

-Hmm… Children are prone to make mistakes over and over if parents or teachers consider their children’s faults light.

-There are many different ways to discipline children without physical punishment.

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