Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Week#7 - Cultural Views & Perspectives

Discussion Questions for Week#7

Based on Likes/Dislikes Handouts and other Week#6 Readings

Discussing Culture Views & Perspectives (Likes/Dislikes)
Round#1  - Meet with your group from last week. You all received the same Likes/Dislikes handout.  Take about 15 minutes to discuss your handout and share your reactions (positive/negative, surprising, upsetting, etc.)
Round#2 - We will ‘jigsaw’ and you will be in a group with people who received different handouts. Take 5~10 minutes each to  share the most interesting items from your handout.  Then together as as group discuss the questions below.

  • Which of the likes/dislikes from the handout were most surprising and/or interesting?
  • What other materials (kikinitinkorea, videos, blog posts) grabbed your attention?
  • Which dislikes or negative opinions bothered you?  Which do you consider to be inaccurate?
    Of these, which do you think resulted from
    • a misunderstanding of your culture?
    • cultural animosity and/or condescension?
    • a difference in values and/or worldview?
  • Have you encountered non-Koreans* with these experiences and/or opinions? What did you say or do in that situation?
  • What could you say to non-Koreans to help them understand, avoid, and/or deal with the dislikes they mentioned?
  • What could you say to Koreans to help them better understand and deal with non-Koreans’ likes and dislikes?
  • What are some of the things you’d list as ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ of dealing with non-Koreans (inside and outside of Korea)?

*please substitute ‘South African’ for ‘Korean’ when appropriate

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