Season 4,

Episode 60: Busan and Culture Shock Korea! with guest John Bocskay

July 03, 2017

If you’re thinking about moving to Korea, this could be the book and podcast for you!

John Bocskay has lived in South Korea for a long time!  Since October 1998!  He has also been living in Busan, South Korea for the past 17 years.  John is the author of a new book which will be available soon called ‘Culture Shock: Korea.  A Survival Guide To Customs and Etiquette’.  This is a book not for people looking to come to Korea on vacation, but more of  a guide for individuals coming to Korea for a long term stay or to live.  John also tells us a little about Busan in this episode and how it has changed over his years of living there.

It’s the podcast on Culture Shock Korea with author and guest John Bocskay for this episode of K-PoD!

Show Notes
  • 01:24

    John talks about where he originally is from and both when and why he first came to South Korea.

  • 03:45

    After his first year in Korea, John explains how and why he ended up in Busan.

  • 05:45

    Busan has changed over the years and John tells us some of the things he has seen change over his time there.

  • 08:10

    The reasons why John has stayed in Korea and Busan for so long.

  • 12:50

    Culture Shock: Korea. What is the book all about?

  • 14:15

    Each of us give our biggest culture shock with moving to Korea.

  • 23:05

    Koreans have compared each of us to celebrities and these are the celebrities we’ve been compared to.

  • 26:50

    It’s the little things that are the biggest differences with living in South Korea.

  • 28:05

    John’s favorite Korean food and what he enjoys about Korean cuisine.

  • 30:10

    How John got involved with the book and becoming the current author of Culture Shock: Korea.

  • 31:25

    Some of the updates and changes with the current edition of the book Culture Shock: Korea.

  • 33:30

    The main themes of John’s new book and what he brings to the book series of Culture Shock.

  • 37:30

    The information age has made things much easier in terms of finding the info you need for living in Korea.


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About the Book
(From Amazon)

Culture Shock! Korea is a compelling, elegantly-written and funny guide for anyone planning a stay in South Korea.
Can you tell your bibimbap from your gimbap? Why is age such a big deal when addressing people? Do people really give bathroom tissue and laundry detergent at housewarming parties? What’s so appealing about noraebangs? When introduced to someone, do you shake hands, bow or do both? And why do Koreans cheer you on by exclaiming, “Fighting!”?Whether you’re in South Korea to do business, seek pleasure or find your inner Hallyu diva, if you are lucky enough to find yourself on this peninsula where stunning natural scenery meets hyper-modern cities, get the most out of your stay with this essential and fun-to-read guide.

About the Series
(From Amazon)

Culture Shock! is a dynamic, indispensable series of guides for travellers looking to truly understand the countries they are visiting, working in or moving to. Each title explains the country’s customs, traditions and social and business etiquette in a lively, informative style. CultureShock! authors, all of whom have experienced the joys and pitfalls of cultural adaptation, are ideally placed to provide warm and helpful advice to those who seek to integrate seamlessly into diverse cultures.

Where to BUY the book:

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/CultureShock-Korea-John-Bocskay/dp/9814771139/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499001280&sr=1-1&keywords=John+Bocskay

eBook is available from July 4th, 2017

Pre-order the paperback version now!Paperback version available August 15th, 2017 from Amazon UK

Culture Shock Korea 2017

Culture Shock Korea 2017

Guest Contact Information:

John Bocskay on Face book: https://www.facebook.com/john.n.bocskay

John Bocskay

John Bocskay

K-PoD: Life In Korea

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Show Side Note

Yes, that’s right!  This is one of the reason why Scott was interested in coming to Korea!  It’s 1985’s movie Remo Williams:  The Adventure Begins!
Here is the trailer for those of you who don’t know it.

Scott – ‘I remember watching this movie when I was a 12 year old kid.  I became fascinated with Korea due to this movie.  Master Chiun was real to me!  It wasn’t until re-watching the film as an adult that I even realized that he wasn’t even Korea, back when white washing was a common thing.  Although his advice was not accurate like ‘All martial arts come from Korea’, as a kid I still enjoyed everything he had to say!  My interest in Korea was born!  17 years later I found myself in the land where martial arts came from only to find out, Master Chium was a white guy!’


Also, Happy Independence Day to all Americans out there!  And Happy Late 150th Birthday Canadians!

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