Stranger In a Stranger Land: My Six Years In Korea

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At his most immodest, Brian would like to think Bill Bryson would be able to recognize his influence on this book. It's a humorous, informative and thoughtful exploration of modern Korean culture and expat life. The book is full of personal anecdotes, secondhand stories and interesting facts, which are all interlaced with his personal narrative. He discusses serious topics like Korea's deeply embedded racism, its 1950's style sexism, its demanding but unproductive work culture, and its highly lauded but deeply flawed education system. However, he also talks about lighter subjects like K-pop, the expat and Korean dating scenes, its debaucherous drinking culture, and why He thinks Seoul is the party capital of Asia. By time readers are done, they'll have an understanding of how a lot of expats view Korea, what some of its most significant and peculiar cultural differences are and some of the problems it's currently facing. This really is a must read for anyone thinking of moving... More > to the peninsula.< Less
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  • By Brian M. Williams
    Jul 21, 2017
    These are some of the reviews people have left for the hard copy. I thought I'd share them here as well. By Brent Sheffield Nov 30, 2015 For any expat who lived in Korea recently, this book is a must-buy. This book beautifully encapsulates life as an expat in Korea, especially in recent years. So many sights and sounds that I had forgotten or became mundane since returning home were vividly reawakened after reading Brian's account of Korea. I could literally taste and smell my first few days of being in Korea in the first few pages. I also caught myself laughing out loud at Brian's stories and colorful commentary. This book will be a permanent fixture on my coffee table for years to come to serve both as a conversational piece for visitors and to fondly remind me of my four years in Seoul. This book is truly A Moveable Feast for the recent expat generation that had the honor to experience life in South Korea. Report as inappropriate By Erika Sonstroem Nov 29, 2015 I just finished... More > reading Stranger in a Stranger Land. Brian M. Williams is a great story teller - I spent the last week repeating his antidotes to whatever friends and family were around while I was reading it. He does a great job of providing a glimpse at life in Korea as an ex-pat. Viewing Korea from the inside but as an outsider provided unique insight into the history and culture of Korea and the struggles the country may face in the future. I would recommend the book for anyone interested in living in Korea or living as an ex-pat. Report as inappropriate By A. Singleton Nov 10, 2015 Though filled with factual information, this is no textbook. It's a documentary in literary form. I may never physically visit Korea. But after reading Williams' narrative, I feel I have already walked Seoul's frenetic sidewalks filled with intense expressions of Korean culture. Yes, I recommend it.< Less
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