American/Korean Contrasts

Patterns and Expectations in the U.S. and Korea


What are the differences and similarities between U.S. and Korean Culture? There are many books for Americans on understanding Korea or for Koreans trying to understand the U.S..  However, American/Korean Contrasts is the first book to attempt to reach both audiences simultaneously.  The authors highlight in this book how average Americans and Koreans generally behave and what they expect in similar circumstances — American ways and Korean ways.

This book was designed for anyone who interacts with Americans or Koreans and wishes to know more about the differences and similarities between American and Korean culture and society. It has been written in a simple and direct style, with emphasis on the more practical aspects of human social interactions and customs. This book not only describes what Americans and Koreans generally do, it also describes why they behave as they do. In this respect, the book could also be subtitled “Understanding Two Distinct Cultures.”


Susan Oak

Susan Oak holds an M.A. from New York University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. degree in Second Language Acquisition. She began her long association with Korea in 1987. She is currently teaching English at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul.

Virginia S. Martin

Virginia Martin holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University. She began her long association with Korea in 1979. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where she coordinates the English as a Second Language Program and teaches in the MA TESL Program.

296 pp.
LC# 98-72259
Hardcover and Softcover available 22 x 14 cm
ISBN-13: 9781565910737 (H) 9781565911529 (S)
ISBN-10: 1565910737 (H) 1565911520 (S)

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