Introduction: Today I will be talking about my homeland South Korea. I was born in Sungnam City, South Korea and came to the United States when I was 11 months old. According to the U.S. State Department, Background Notes, Korea is known as the “Land of the Morning Calm.” The beginning of Korean history started from 2333 B.C. The Korean peninsular adjoins China and Japan. Korea was conquered by Japan and divided into South and North Korea at the end of World War II. Korea’s Independence Day is August 15, 1945. When they finally attained full freedom from the Japanese. The Korean War caused devastating damage to Korea. However, it should be noticed that despite frequent foreign invasions, the Korean Peninsula has been under a single government while maintaining its political independence, culture and ethnic heritage. Today I will focus on Korea’s educational system, business customs and practices, and economic conditions.
I. Korea’s educational system is noted for its high quality and standards.
A.) Illiteracy is practically non-existent. Korean students pursue their academic goals enthusiastically, and diligently shoulder heavy workloads.
B.) Children begin their school at the age of 7, after three years of middle school and three years of high school, students may advance to university for four years of higher education.
C.) The University entrance examinations are extremely rigorous, as indicated by the term “admissions war,” which aptly describes the fierce competition.
II. Korea’s business customs and practices are very different from ones we are used to here in the United States. According to The New Encyclopedia Britannica:
A. Koreans consider the questions about someone’s private life, like marital status, family background and income, are not regarded as personal questions and they will often appear interested in your background.
B. Koreans will always shake hands at meetings, but it is also...