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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, Korea and Mexico since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, journalist, editor and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo, and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (in 1953), now Thunderbird School of Global Management, in Glendale, Arizona, USA.

De Mente wrote the first ever books on the Japanese way of doing business (Japanese Etiquette and Ethics in Business in 1959 and How to Do Business in Japan in 1962), and was the first to introduce the now commonly used Japanese terms wa, nemawashi, kaizen, tatemae-honne, shibui, sabi and wabi to the outside business world!

His 70-plus other books run the gamut from language learning to the night-time "pink" trades in Japan, the sensual nature of Oriental cultures, male-female relations, and understanding and coping with the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Mexican mindset in business and social situations.He has also written extensively about his home state of Arizona and Mexico.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful introduction to Korean culture 9 Mar. 2004
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I checked this book out from the library and thought it was so good I had to buy it, as I have with De Mente's other three "code words" and "... have a word for it" books.
This book has 231 entries, each one a (usually) one or two page essay on a cultural topic or keyword or idiom covering some aspect of Korean culture. Examples include paternalism, Confucianism, Korean business practices, and history. He does a very good job of picking a key topic and explaining its historical significance and how it relates to Korean culture.
No, the book isn't perfect. Consider it a "first approximation", i.e. if you know nothing about Korean culture this book is a good place to start but don't expect to use it to research your doctoral dissertation on Korean culture. My Korean girlfriend disagrees with his description of a few things but overall the book made her laugh because of its accuracy and examples.
No, the book isn't for "bigots" (c.f. other person's comments). It always amazes me that many of the same people who complain that Americans don't understand other cultures whip out "bigot" and "racist" when a person tries. Every discussion of culture, by its very nature, is an approximation based on group behavior and stereotypes. You have to start somewhere.
The book is well written, entertaining, and educational. If you know nothing about Korea this is the place to start. The book assumes no prior knowledge of anything Korean. De Mente has 50 years of experience in Asia and it shows. Excellent book!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worth reading 30 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is a wealth of useful information here. This book has helped me to better understand the Korean culture. The explanations seem complete. I knew about many of the ideas before reading them here. The book accurately describes the ideas I am familiar with and gives me confidence that those I am not familiar with are also accurate.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Factually incorrect 22 Jan. 2005
By Dave Dowling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not only has this book been poorly edited with numerous spelling mistakes in Korean and English it is very tedious to read as the author continually repeats himself. It would be wise to choose another text if you are interested in learning about Korean culture.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Disgusting 3 Nov. 2003
By blah 5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Perverted Biggot's Guide for the Narrow-Minded" would have been a more apt title for this book. Inaccuracies abound, not just in the cultural "insights", but also the pronunciation for dozens of words are incorrectly romanized. Even one star is too high a rating.
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