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I'm a global nomad fascinated by culture, people and real life stories.
on Nov. 25, 2012 :
These days more and more people are keeping up with South Korea in the news that far extends pop culture phenoms like Psy and Wonder Girls or the Hallyu invasion in Southeast Asia. Although there has been an increase of books by expats who have lived and worked in Korea (present company included: I came to Korea in 1990) many of these have only scratched the surface of the cultural and historical trove waiting to be tapped. However, Ms. Hamer has done that with her finely written and detailed analysis of the Korean dating culture. Following the life of one Korean woman, Ms. Hamer's book offers insights into the dating pitfalls many young Korean women find themselves in as they try to find the right man to date and marry. I think to make her book more balanced, I would have liked to have read what Korean men have to say about the dating culture, especially when so many young Korean men have to serve in the military and the number of men who receive "Dear John" letters from their Korean girlfriends. Additionally, given the social mores that underpin Ms. Hamer's book, citing research into the Korean dating culture would have strengthened this much-needed study. Nonetheless, the book reads well and is a welcomed addition to the growing collection of books on modern Korean society.
Author of Ice Cream Headache
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 10, 2012 :
I enjyoed this book! It is very interesting to know Korean culture through the stories of a Korean woman. I am looking forward to reading second version of this book!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on April 06, 2012 :
Date horror stories are always fun, but this book is also a window on bits of Korean culture that foreigners don't often see. The pressure to get married and the consequent frantic search for a partner is revealed here through the stories of a young woman who has been out on more than a hundred blind dates. She's certainly had her ups and downs - you wouldn't believe what one guy asked her to do on a bus! I also liked how her experiences were very Korean but also kind of universal. I understand Korea a bit more for reading this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 24, 2012 :
I really liked this book! I felt so frustrated that the parents were pushing her into marriage. Some of those guys were definitely horror material! Glad that it didn't wrap up all neatly like a chick-lit novel. I hope she finds happiness on her own terms.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on March 09, 2012 :
The book was written beautifully, It explains a lot about Korean culture. Some parts of the book were funny other parts touched my heart. The book is very easy to understand for people whose first language isn't English like myself. I recommend this book.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)