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Cultivating friendship

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30.11.2021
By Bernard Rowan

One of the things I miss these days about Korea is the opportunity to make friends. I've made a few friends in Korea over the years and admired how this often occurs. As a young man, I was what people typically call shy or reserved ― polite is the better word. I did not often seek but waited to "break the ice." This behavior was at times off-putting to others.

However, with my Korean friends, as a graduate student and young adult, I made acquaintances much more easily because of what I'd call the Korean means of cultivating friendship. Others refer to "networks" and to circles of friends. At this time of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share some thoughts about how many Koreans make friends over a lifetime. I admire how one can make friends in Korea as a foreigner and a person with several Korean friends.

Beginning with school, in particular high school and college, but also arising from neighborhood and community living, Korean children learn the bonds of a junior to seniors, and vice versa. Seniors, modeled to some extent on........

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