Saturday, March 22, 2008
Tearing Down the Walls of Confucianism
Hello. I found this article about a business person's view of how the "Korean way" ( or Confucian way) hinders efficiency in Korea. It was mainly focusing on how Korea needs to overcome the "Korean way" in order to successfully implement President Lee's reforms. But one point I found interesting was how he compared the Korean herd mentality to America's individualism by using the 2002 anti-American protests and the Cho Seung Hui incident at Virginia Tech. First he introduced herd mentality by mentioning the anti-American protests in 2002 that erupted after an American armored vehicle killed two Korean school girls Koreans, and then he said how Koreans expected an American backlash against Koreans in America after the Cho Seung Hui incident at Virginia Tech. Koreans were very concerned and sent diplomatic apologies to America, and they were surprised that Americans didn't act out how Koreans thought they would. Americans saw the Virginia Tech incident as an individual who went on a rampage and being completely separate from Koreans. This is a fundamental difference between the cultures. This is the article.
Posted by Courtney at 9:21 PM