Korea Studies

Korea is a fascinating country with a deep culture and long history. Korea Business Central focuses on business, but business is not done in a vacuum. Learn more about Korea through the links on this page.

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Free Members-Only Resources


“Understanding Modern Korea and Korea’s Place in Asia”

with Ambassador Mark Minton, President of the Korea Society

“Brand Korea – From the Boardroom to the World”

with Martin Roll, author of Asian Brand Strategy

“Lessons in Hallyu”

with Dean Yong-Wook Jun of Solbridge International School of Business

Top Information on Korea Business Central

Korea Economic Slice

“Pushing the Envelope for the Very Concept of “Technology”: The Key to Korea’s Future Development”
By Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, Professor at Humanitas College, Kyung Hee University

Click here to read the KES article and to participate in our member discussion.

The Korea 9.9 with Daniel

“What are some popular misconceptions about South Korea that are prevalent among the foreign community?”

“Reflections on the Korea 2010 World Cup experience”

Top Legacy Discussions

What is Your Favorite Makgeolli? In South Korea teachers are known as “nation builders”
Korea and Gender Equality Study Multiculturalism in Korea
Korea Provincial Stereotypes – Old and New Chae-myun – The Importance of Saving Face in Korea
What One Word Would You Use to Describe Korea? Where in Korea did/will you go on vacation this summer?
Changing Korea What Are the Top Korea-Focused Blogs That You Read?
Lectures to help expats better understand Korea

Photos of Korean History

Top Websites about Korea


Click Korea

Korea Foundation


Korea Focus


Northeast Asian History Foundation



Other Websites

English-Language University Graduate-Level Business Programs

Undergraduate English-Language University Programs

Expert Commentary at Nojeok Hill: My View from the Top: Korea Studies
By Steven S. Bammel and Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc.

Books and Other Special Resources

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Steven’s rating:

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently… and Why
by Richard E. Nisbett

This book seeks to explain the striking differences between Asian and Western thinking. Nisbett looks for the answers to questions such as why the Chinese never excelled at geometry, why Western infants learn nouns more rapidly than verbs and how Asians and Westerns have different ways of understanding objects and surroundings. Many of the lessons are applicable to understanding marketing theory across cultures.

Steven S. Bammel reviewed this book in two parts: Part I, Part II

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Steven’s rating:

The Koreans: Who They Are, What they Want, Where Their Future Lies
by Michael Breen

This is not the most scholarly assessment of Korea and Koreans but it is an entertaining book by a journalist who lived in Korea for awhile. The book explains how and why he believes Koreans think and act as they do, and covers some of Korea’s recent history.

Click here to read Steven S. Bammel’s review. Most other reviews at Amazon.com are more positive than Steven’s.

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Korea: The Impossible Country
by Daniel Tudor

Long overshadowed by Japan and China, South Korea is a small country that happens to be one of the great national success stories of the postwar period. From a failed state with no democratic tradition, ruined and partitioned by war, and sapped by a half-century of colonial rule, South Korea transformed itself in just fifty years into an economic powerhouse and a democracy that serves as a model for other countries.

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Steven’s rating:

Ethnic Nationalism in Korea: Geneology, Politics, and Legacy
by Gi-Wook Shin

Foreigners to Korea are often surprised at how strong nationalistic sentiment is throughout society. This book traces the Korean version of ethnic nationalism during the modern era. This is not light reading but covers its topic thoroughly and carefully.

Click here for Steven S. Bammel’s review.

Click here to view and buy on yes24.com

Steven’s rating:

퍼스트 무버
by Peter Underwood

Peter Underwood

Read the book review on KBC by Steven S. Bammel

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Diamond Dilemma
by Tariq Hussain

Got a book recommendation? Disagree with Steven’s book reviews here or elsewhere? Discuss these and other books about Korea and Korean business.

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