KOREA-TRANSFORMATION OF KOREAN CULTURE FROM COLLECTIVISM TO EGOTISM
Collage of Koreans from different ethnic groups, May 2012. Wikimedia Commons
By Park Sang-seek
The Korea Herald-Nov 5
The main pillar of traditional Korean culture was collectivism. Collectivism in the Korean context can be defined as a culture based on the hierarchical social structure which subjugates the individual rights to the collective goods of society. This cultural structure is diametrically opposite to the Western cultural structure based on the egalitarian social structure which emphasizes that the collective goods are to serve the individual’s rights, not vice versa.
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First published in: The Korea Herald