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A Geek in Korea


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Daniel Tudor is from Manchester, England, and graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. He has lived in Seoul, Korea for many years, and served as The Economist's Korea Correspondent from 2010-2013. His first book, 'Korea: The Impossible Country' received strong praise and has also been translated into Korean, Chinese, Polish, and Thai. Daniel is a regular columnist for a Korean newspaper, the Joongang Ilbo, and has commented on Korea-related topics many times for the BBC, Al Jazeera, and others. He is also co-founder of The Booth, a small chain of craft beer pubs.

Reviews a format lush with photographs for everything that he covers, he writes engagingly of traditional customs, of Koreans' love of partying and drinking, of the emphasis on hard work, the zest for sports, the rise of Christianity and, centuries earlier, Buddhism. --World Tribune
...the book offers a broad view of Korea. A colorful book that is photo-heavy, A Geek in Korea pays much attention to popular culture in Korea, including films, of which Tudor is a big fan. --The Korean Herald
A Geek in Korea is basically the ultimate illustrated in beautiful pictures guide to everything about Korea, and when I say EVERYTHING, I truly mean that. It has history, who Koreans are, the science to Kpop (which is my favorite chapter) a look at Korea's internet mania, basically everything a Korean-learner or Korean-anything enthusiast would want to know. -- Korean Notebook blog
Daniel Tudor has a fine understanding of contemporary South Korea and a flair for storytelling. His narrative of the nation's landscape is an earnest, investigative tale that seeks to undercover the truth of this often misunderstood country. --Krys Lee, author of Drifting House, a critically acclaimed collection of stories portraying the Korean experience
If you want to understand Korea, Daniel Tudor is a must-read author. His passion for the peninsula runs deep, and his writing is prolific and insightful. For a society that outsiders often struggle to grasp, Tudor has pieced together a remarkably accessible story. --Geoffrey Cain, Korea correspondent for Global Post
Published by Tuttle Publishing last year, 'Geek' reinvents the culture guide for the Internet age. Packed with articles and interviews, it covers all the touchstones of Korean culture -- from Buddhism and Confucianism to the traditional arts of pottery and disciplines like taekwondo. --Shanghai Daily
The book's format is it's a mini-encyclopedia of sorts with short articles or snippets on various topics, with big, beautiful photos. --Mom Home Guide

The first impression, judging by a vivid array of pictures in the book, is that Korea is a partying place, with K-Pop music, video-gaming emporiums, and sumptuous restaurants. But it is, of course, much more than that. It is one of the most competitive societies in the world: Eighty percent of its youth graduate from college. There are 500,000 graduates a year for whom only 100,000 jobs await. --Foreword Reviews

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