ERIC Number: ED192394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Korean Interpersonal Patterns: Implications for Korean/American Intercultural Communication.
Merchant, Jerrold J.
A descriptive field study was conducted in Seoul, Korea, to assess Korean interpersonal communication. The data for the study were collected through observations of interpersonal communication patterns among students in university classes, between faculty and students as well as among various faculty members, among business people, and between the researcher and his housekeeper. The observations suggested that Koreans (1) disregard personal privacy (in a Western sense) in matters of business and personal affairs; (2) are extremely reluctant to disclose their personal motivations; (3) have exceptional regard for status and position; (4) regard human relationships and contact as especially important; (5) are incredibly generous; and (6) are so image conscious that the appearance of things is more important than their substance, such as in verbal or written commitments to do something by a certain time. Koreans also show unwillingness to take advice and are resistant to systemic change. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (30th, Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).