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SoKoDiaries: Culture Shock (SoKoDiaries Book Series 2) Kindle Edition
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I was particularly interested in her story because Korea is traditionally a bastion of "racial purity" and has not been welcoming to African-Americans. I had read that most Korean schools which advertise for American teachers require a picture and many applicants feel that it's to weed out African-Americans. One American teacher in Korea wrote that the few African-American teachers experienced definite prejudice. This author makes it plain that she was something of an oddity to the Koreans, but doesn't indicate that they were unfriendly toward her. Maybe they were won over by her delightful personality.
She certainly must have stood out. Even women who are very slim by American standards feel like hippos when surrounded by Asian women. Add in the fact that Korean girls are expected to be married WELL before the age of 27 and the heavy drinking that is common in all social situations (Nailah is a non-drinker) and you have the makings of serious culture shock on both sides.
My only complaint is that the book could be better organized, but her observations about Koreans and Korean life are so acute and witty that it's worth the price of admission. Her chapter "Jesus, Take the Wheel" is hysterical and confirms everything I have ever read about Korean drivers. I am really looking forward to reading her other books.
What I admire most about Ms. Harvey's writing is this innocence she brings to the way she describes her experience with culture shock in South Korea. She avoids being critical of Korean culture as she embraces it and tries to understand it, which is not always easy. It's still a challenge for me and I've been here for almost 24 years! At the same time, you can tell that she is having fun with some of the quirks and idiosyncrasies she encounters in Korea, which could be said about any culture.
This book is a real treat to read and even for this old Korean hat, I learned a few new things!
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