In Korea, a TV show called ‘non-summit talks’, in which several foreign people discuss Korean culture reflecting their culture and ways of thinking, is very popular.
The show let Koreans understand how foreign people accept cross-cultural discrepancies or look big issues happen in Korea. Now, let's have a look at their notions and opinions about the issues discussed earlier in this TV show.
1. Are the cities in Korea good for living for foreigners?
-It’s cheap for eating out. I was surprised to see the water and side dishes at the restaurant did not take extra charges, including toilet!!
→Well, the coffee is amazingly expensive though...
-I’m so happy that the public transportations fare is incredibly cheap! Even that of taxies!!
-Well, I think the air pollution is a serious problem in Korea. I sometimes feel stuffy when I’m in downtown.
→Whether you think air pollution is serious or not is a relative subject. You may think it serious if compared to that of Germany or Switzerland but pretty good to that of China or Turkey.
2. What do you think of a man who carries a lady’s bag?
-It looks no good to see a man who carries his girlfriend’s or wife’s the small handbag. I can’t understand.
-Well, the negative thought on him is a kind of discrimination, isn’t it? He must be a well mannered person, I’d say.
-I think it depends on situation. If my girlfriend carries lots of stuffs, why shouldn’t I carry her bag?
3. Is corporal punishment necessary to discipline children?
-Corporal punishment is just a way to resolve a conflict in a violent manner. It cannot be a fundamental solution.
-Hmm… Children are prone to make mistakes over and over if parents or teachers consider their children’s faults light.
-There are many different ways to discipline children without physical punishment.