Ethnographic Comparison

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Ethnographic Comparison

Ethnographic comparison


The societies chosen for the compare and contrast are the Chinese and Korean societies. As an anthropologist, this study is important. The reason is these two societies have clear differences and very close similarities in their culture and human behavior. The human culture aspect present in Chinese and Korean society is important to anthropology. This paper will illustrate the diversity of dynamic social, political and cultural work in this vast region.

Background of China

China has come forward as a major importer of commodities from specially the natural resources and other minerals, since 2000. From ancient times, China has played an important role in the field of tourism with its unparalleled rich travel resources in both nature and culture. Thanks to the open policies since 1978, China experienced speedy, economic development, which, resulted in a new stage of the tourism industry in China. Now, more and more Chinese with high incomes are going abroad not only for business but private purposes as well, and some have even come to regard travelling abroad as part of their leisure. According to the Tourism Bureau of China, by the end of November 2002, the total number of Chinese outbound tourists was 15.4 million, up 39 percent from the previous November (Hart, 2010).

The annual expenditures of Chinese outbound business tourists came to over 2.4 billion USD in 2002 and will keep increasing by 20 percent each year. As more foreign countries and districts have been accepted by China as international destinations for Chinese tourists, people now are able to go abroad not only for sightseeing and visiting family/friends but also for educational programs. According to Liu and Chen (2002), each winter and summer vacations are high seasons for Chinese educational travel, which usually lasts up to 23 days. The most popular destinations are such English-speaking countries as Australia, New Zealand and those in Europe, where students can live with local residents for learning English.

China is a population of about 1.3 million people; its sheer size creates many benefits for economies of scale and manufacturing growth. China is expanding its military base (increment in the military budget by 7.5 percent in 2010) and has been seriously taking part in political matters outside its border. This has further strengthened China's position, and the country stands firm on the world pedestal. This has been a concern for the world which believes that Beijing is aiming to conquer the whole world militarily (Hart, 2010).

Background of Korea

The ongoing recovery of Korea's collapse in 2010 and the budget deficit in accordance with government spending reduce the national debt balance to a level. Less than 40% of GDP by 2013 is necessary to maintain the action. On the other hand, low level interest rate of 2 percent a year or more are still in record. It is important to stabilize medium-term goals given the strong economic recovery and the central bank's inflation in the range of 2-4% hit to the normalization of interest rates starting to go ...
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