[전주대 신문 제894호 14면, 발행일 : 2019년 11월 6일(수)]
Bek from Uzbekistan
Before I came to Korea, I watched Korean dramas and movies. I thought all the Korean people were rich and they wanted do work quickly and in a hurry. Now I think Korean people sometimes tend to put things off. When I first came to Korea, I was surprised at the fast delivery system, and I was embarrassed about the fact that they eat dog meat. In my country, there is a day when people fast for a certain period in the month of Ramadan . We call it Hite . There are Sacrament Days when we slaughter sheep and share with neighbors twice a year. On this day, the rich share and eat with the poor. In my country, women who are 20 to 22 years old and men between 23 and 40 get married. Most of them get married when they are young. About 50 to 60 guests participate in the wedding and dance together. We should be careful to avoid pork in my country, but we eat beef and sheep. Families usually eat and talk with once a month.
Lin Lin from China
Before I came to Korea, I was curious about k imchi, bibimbap, and tteokbokki. Most of all, I wanted to know what kimchi was and how to enjoy it. I watched the Korean television drama The Heirs . I thought most Korean people were tall and romantic. When I came to Korea, it was hard to communicate. I wasn’t able to go out to visit any place because I didn’t know the routes. It was hard for me to be friends with people. There are cart-bars in China, but Korean cart-bars sell more various dishes likes fish cake, fish-shaped buns, fried food, and so on. I was surprised. In China, we can order delivery food but not in public places. However, in Korea, I felt it was interesting to see them deliver anywhere, including a public park. In China, we don’t need many side dishes when we eat, but in Korea, I was amazed to have a meal with a lot of side dishes. China’s festivals include Lunar New Year’s Day, Dragon Boat Day, Jeongwol Daeboreum, Danojeol, and the 70t hanniversary. Among them, Jeongwol Daeboreum is popular. On that day, we gather to dance and sing. In addition, we play with riddles in our lanterns. We eat moon cake, which means a family reunion. And there is Danojeol. We eat steamed rice rolled with lotus leaves. It is called zzung zzis . In China, the number 8 is lucky and brings good fortune, but the number 4 means death so we don’t like the number 4. We like the color red, but we don’t like white because it stands for a funeral. Bells mean the end of one’s life. Chrysanthemums mean a funeral, too. They should not be given as gifts.
Bao Bao from Vietnam
Before I came to Korea, I thought Korea was a country of K-pop, Gangnam style, and dramas. I thought Korean people had a passion. You know, a Korean soccer coach Park Hang Seo is famous and popular among people in my country. In Vietnam, it doesn’t snow. I was speechless to stand in falling snow that was white and cold. The 24-hour convenience stores, fast delivery system, and mobile payment were eye-opening. There are no ginkgo trees in Vietnam. They are beautiful, especially in the fall, but the smell of ginkgo berries made me embarrassed. When I first came to Korea, I found it difficult to reach out and get close to Koreans because of language barriers and cultural differences. However, the majority of foreign students want to be close to Koreans. I think they should try to get along with each other first. In Korea, junior and senior hierarchy seems to be very important. In Vietnam, we gather on New Year’s Day, a long holiday of about a week, and we go to a temple to receive blessings. We usually make and eat r ice cake called banh chung . It is a traditional food. On Chuseok, we wear dragon masks and dance. It is Vietnamese culture to gather, cook, and play like a family. A silver gift between boyfriend and girlfriend mean the break-up of their relation in my country. A marriage ceremony in Korea takes place in a hotel and a restaurant, but in rural Vietnam, they put a tent in their yard. The first day is reserved for a family and relatives. On the second day, the whole village eat together, dance happily, and sing together. In my country, parents give a lot of presents to teachers because they teach their children.
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