South Korea’s Han

Written by Alana Jolley

February 26, 2014

South Korea’s Han

All culture’s have their different ways of suffering, but South Korea’s Han is a kind of suffering that we in the West are not familiar with.  Suffering is something that all humans can relate to, and culture helps us to suffer in the appropriate way.   Han, a Korean component of suffering, is very deeply felt, and is most often collective.  The main difference between East and West cultures is collectivism.  Western cultures are more individualistic.  You can come to an understanding of these unique cultural attributes, collectivism and individualism when you Explore More! in Cultural Anthropology.

Kim Yuna’s loss of the Gold at the Sochi Olympics is a great example of Han. Please click on this link to learn of the depth of South Korea’s grief over their country’s “daughter.”


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