Man, that old lady at home never understands me!
Heard your children say this?
These children are a respectful lot. Filial piety is the complete devotion of children to their parents. Koreans feel great obligation to those who brought them into the world. Most intense of such ties of respect for one’s elders is that between father and son. It’s all part of the idea that the family is an important unit in the framework of society than the individual. Friendships here last a lifetime. When two people become friends, they expect to keep this brotherhood or sisterhood throughout their lifetime. Most friendships date back to schooldays- for that is the time when Koreans are truly equals. Within the separate groups of males and female, there are no status markers that differentiate these students (Each is involved in the same experience). Korean society is male-dominated, and as a result the female role has always been a secondary and subservient one. Few women pursue careers, and the woman is actually thought of as the “inside” manager- the one who tends to matters inside the home. She is responsible for raising the children, handling the finances, and keeping the home running smoothly. If her husband’s parents (her in-laws) live with them, she must also serve them as obediently as she serves her husband. Most South Koreans live in cities. They own apartments or small houses and work in offices, stores, and factories. South Korean cities have fast cars, crowded streets, and subway systems just like those in the United States. Some South Korean cities are very large, too. Seoul, the capital city, has about 10million people. South Korea’s country people live different. Instead of tall apartment buildings, they live in simple houses made from bricks. They work on the land or the sea, farming or fishing until the sun goes down. Some country people also travel to the cities to work.