Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Monday, December 6, 2010


One thing that completely fascinates me about living in Korea is the huge generation gap.

Moving from a primarily agrarian society to a post industrial one in 60 years will do that to a country.

A drive through the country often reveals just how much of that old way of life is left.  And the fact that it is passing away.

How much in common could the people in these two pictures have?  And how does this affect the idea of Korean identity?

Big questions that are beyond the scope of this little blog.  But what isn't is at least looking at some of the differences.

I'm going to spend a few posts over the next while talking about some of this.

And I really wanted to post a picture of Girls' Generation.  I don't care for their music, but so many younger people are gaga for them.  Must be for more than how they look, right?


1 comment:

The Todd said...

ACTUALLY - their music is awesome. I shit you not. You could put paper bags over their faces and dress them up in potato sacs and I'd still be dancing around the living room if "Gee" came on. It's been ages since I've heard any pop melody rival that and many other of their songs. Slick production value - Korea has become king in this regard. Sure, they rip off the west, but I'm tempted to say they improve on it as well. K-Pop latches on to everything that was good in the 80's and 90's without pretending to take itself seriously, as is the case in the west. Other than Lady Gaga, there are few melody driven artists out there who are producing satisfying pop. Given the population of Sweden, it's amazing what has come out and still comes out of there. Check out "Come With Me" by CEO. Good stuff! But back to my main point - Girls' Generation is FOR REAL.

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