Lanterns on the River

Lanterns on the River : Essays on Life and Culture in Contemporary South Korea

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Lanterns on the River collects a series of reflective and interpretive essays on contemporary Korean life and culture. Diane M. Hoffman views Korea through a cross-cultural window, offering the non-Korean reader a base for understanding and appreciating aspects of Korean life. Among the topics these essays address are: the role of emotion in Korean life, the theme of conformity, the influence of religion, and the nature of the relationship between men and women. Hoffman has an anthropologist's interest in cultural meanings and values; however, the book also offers unique insights into themes not commonly addressed in the existing scholarly literature. Lanterns on the River is thus a hybrid genre, and as such will have appeal not only for scholars of Asia and Korea and students of cultural anthropology and social psychology, but also for the general reader interested in the various dimensions of life in contemporary Korea.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 155.4 x 236.7 x 16.3mm | 439.99g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739100742
  • 9780739100745

About Diane M. Hoffman

Diane M. Hoffman is Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. She has taught, done research, and studied in France as well as in Japan and South Korea.
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Table of contents

chapter 1 Opening chapter 2 1: Introduciton: Of Multiciplicty and Unity chapter 3 2: Emotions: The Sticky Self chapter 4 3: Korea is Best: Cultural Identity in the "Light of the East" chapter 5 4: Han chapter 6 5: Foreigner! Self and Other in Korean Life chapter 7 6: Body, Face, and Public Behavior chapter 8 7: The Grayness of Knowing: Communication, Logic, and Decision Making chapter 9 8: Conformity, Individuality, and Uri chapter 10 9: Bringing Up Baby in Modern Korea chapter 11 10: Men and Women: A Korean Psychology of Gender chapter 12 11: Yankee Go Home! Anti-Americanism and the Cultural Invasion of Korea chapter 13 12: The Tissue Box: Materialism and Cultural Transformation chapter 14 13: Ondol, Tatami: Korea, Japan chapter 15 14: The Neon Cross: Christianity Illuminated chapter 16 15: White Socks, Blue Suit: Identity Translated chapter 17 16: Self in Translation: The East-West Synthesis chapter 18 17: Closing: Windows-Looking Out, Looking In chapter 19 Bibliography chapter 20 Index chapter 21 About the Author
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