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  1. Junsok Yang
    Junsok Yang April 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm . Reply

    In one of my classes, I use a self-published book written by an American who stayed in Korea during the late 1980s to build a subsidiary and a factory for an American company. (So I guess you can sort of count him as an ex-pat, though he is no longer in Korea). He classifies foreigners in Korea and Korean ex-pats into three categories: “Natives” (More Korean than Korean); “Withdrawl” (Ignore Koreans, and pretend he is still at home); and Alcoholics (surprisingly many wives). Maybe things have changed a lot in 20 years, maybe not.

  2. Junsok Yang
    Junsok Yang April 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm . Reply

    The title of the book is “Korea: The Hard Way” by Frank Kiska. (The book is published by Xlibris, which is a “self-publish”er. Thus, the book has not gone through a “professional” editorial process, which has its good and bad points). Most of the book, though, is not about ex-pat life in Korea, but about troubles dealing with Korean bureaucracy, and Korean culture. (One of the more interesting ways to use the book is to see what has changed since the late 1980s which is when the events of the book took place). There should be a copy of it in the university library.

  3. Brian
    Brian April 18, 2010 at 12:30 am . Reply

    Very interesting series. Don’t have much more to say on it now, but just wanted to add that.

    Oh, and I’ve given a lot of thought to the crowd I first fell in with in Korea. At the hagwon where they tell you all the office gossip, tell you the “good” students and “bad” students, tell you all the problems with the place, and tell you which coworkers ought to be ignored, all before you’re even acclimated to the country. That doesn’t fit your second example, but it’s a group—a common one, it seems—that exists almost divorced from the country around them.

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