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Life in Seoul for Korea University exchange students (Feb. 2014)

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This presentation provides basic background information about life in Seoul (and life in Korea) for incoming study abroad exchange students at Korea University for the spring semester 2014.

This presentation provides basic background information about life in Seoul (and life in Korea) for incoming study abroad exchange students at Korea University for the spring semester 2014.

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  • 1. Life in Seoul/Korea Walter Foreman Office of Int’l Affairs, Korea University
  • 2. Which of the following ‘facts’ about Seoul are true? A. Seoul is Korea’s largest city? B. Seoul is Korea’s capital city. C. Seoul hosted the closing ceremony for the 2002 World Cup. D. All of the above E. None of the above
  • 3. Which of the following ‘facts’ about Seoul are true? A. Seoul is Korea’s largest city? B. Seoul is Korea’s capital city. C. Seoul hosted the closing ceremony for the 2002 World Cup. D. All of the above E. None of the above
  • 4. Federal Government korea.net visitkorea.or.kr Local Government global.seoul.go.kr seoul.go.kr Korea University korea.edu oia.korea.ac.kr
  • 5. Who knows more about water… fish or birds?
  • 6. BIG “C” CULTURE: OBJECTIVE CULTURE VISIBLE CULTURE Economic, Educational, Religious, Governmental, Legal, and Political Institutions and Systems; Architecture, Dance, Music, Literature, Culinary Arts, Fashion, Heroes, Holidays, Popular Culture; Age, Ethnicity, Race, Gender Meaning of Time, Space, Life, Death, Myths and Legends, Behaviors, Verbal and Nonverbal Communication, Conflict Resolution, Definition of Right and Wrong, Immigration/Work Status, Marital/Parental Status, Personality and Thinking Style, Education, Sexual Orientation, Group or Individual Roles, Country of Origin small “c” culture: subjective culture „hidden‟ culture
  • 7. Non-Koreans in Korea (2000 - 2013) 1,800,000 1,600,000 1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Source: Korea Immigration Service 10 11 12 13 14
  • 8. China 778,113 USA 134,711 Vietnam 120,069
  • 9. Japan Uzbekistan 56,018 38,515 Thailand Taiwan 55,110 27,698 Philippines Mongolia 47,514 24,175 Indonesia Canada 41,499 23,655
  • 10. Place Population 500,000 Newfoundland 500,000 Tasmania Indiana 6,300,000 Scotland & Wales 8,300,000 NZ North Island 3,000,000 Western Cape 5,200,000
  • 11. Half full? Half empty?
  • 12. Korea’s first 24-hour convenience store opened in…
  • 13. 1989
  • 14. Today there are 20,000 stores.
  • 15. 2013 - 1989 = 24 (years) 365 x 24 = 8,760 (days) 20,000 / 8,760 = ~2.3 (stores/day)
  • 16. Half full? Half empty?
  • 17. Eat
  • 18. Korean food is… Spicy/hot Yummy Healthy Awesome Labor Intensive
  • 19. Drink
  • 20. Be Merry
  • 21. Life in Seoul/Korea Walter Foreman Office of Int’l Affairs, Korea University