Book Giveaway: Korean Politics, Culture, and More

We have been given a great opportunity from our friends at Tuttle Publishing to do a book giveaway for our koreaBANG readers! There are four books available offering insight into Korean politics, business, and even language learning.

The rules are simple:

Post a comment telling us about you, why you read koreaBANG, and what book you would like to receive. You can comment as many times as you want, but you will only be entered once to win.

Please be sure to fill in the email line when you comment so we can get in contact with you. Your email will not be displayed in the actual body of the comment.

We will post the winners for each book next Tuesday.

Here are the books available:

The Korean Way In Business
the korean way in business

Korea: The Impossible Country
korea the impossible country

Korean for Beginners

korean for beginners

Essential Korean
essential korean

Good luck and we will post the winners next Tuesday!

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  • Yeumi

    My name is kat and I’m a student, I have an interest in the Korean language and as a poor college student free books sound like a gift God haha, my tuition fees have taught me the humbling fact of flat out asking nicely for things. But I read korean bang because I find it interesting plan and simple, as many my age I like kpop and k drama so at first I followed for the stories on that but the political stores caught my eye as well, so it just became a normal routine to check out the articles posted… I’m in the middle of class so I need to end this post, good luck to every one! !!😉

  • Amanda

    I love reading the articles on KoreaBANG! I am working towards getting my degree in Elementary Education with the hope of working teaching English as a second language in South Korea, so I really enjoy reading KoreaBANG’s articles that inform me of current events in South Korea. I would love to have that opportunity to read Essential Korean: Speak Korean with Confidence.

  • crxrunn

    Hi, I’m an undergraduate student currently enrolled in politics and I’m also a 2nd gen Korean. I love reading this site because of the different perspective offered by commenters. A wide range of opinions is something I value and the community here is different from other forums on the Internet and on Korean news sites themselves.

    That being said I’d love to receive a copy of The Korean Way in Business! Cheers.

  • Roxane

    It has already been more than a year since I have moved to Seoul. Before making that important decision, I have spent a lot of time online (not just as my usual master of procrastination, but also) to find as many information as possible to get a better understanding of what South Korea really is about. I think that Korea Bangs has been one of the most interesting websites that really helps me understand the basics about Korean politics, culture and (radical) communities (such as Ilbe ㅋㅋ), because it is the only website that provides both the whole translation of articles regarding the most important/trending issues going on here, AND the translation of comments from different websites regarding them, which can give some insight as to what a few Koreans might think.
    This is all the more interesting to me, since I have realised that many aspects, especially politics, are not really easy to discuss, even with my closest Korean friends…

    So I think that the book ‘Korea: The Impossible Country’ would help me learn even more about these aspects (political and cultural) that I am very interested in…

    Sorry for the long comment and thank you for your time!

  • AdeNike

    Hello!!! I am happy to be a partaker of this give away. I’m a 3rd year student studying Biotechnology and I will be getting my Bachelor degree next year ^_^. After which I plan on entering for my masters.

    It hasn’t been that long since I started reading koreaBANG. I am glad I actually found this site, there are just very few sites that actually share what exactly goes on in Korea; the culture, politics and other aspects. I got to know a lot of things about the happenings in Korea through this site.

    The book I did like to receive is Essential Korean. I am actually learning Korean at the moment via various sources and as someone who’s really interested in the happenings and culture of Korea, I think the best place to start from is the language.

    Thanks for this opportunity!!!

  • Marcus

    Because I’m not good enough to read the news in Korean yet!

  • MeiDaxia

    I’ve read The Impossible Country, and I can say it is fantastic insight into Korean culture as no other book. This also comes from my wife, who is Korean, who would back me up on my evaluation of the book.

    As to why I read Koreabang?
    I started reading here while also reading Chinasmack, since I was living in China at the time. I have dozens of Korean friends from China, and through Koreabang I was able to jab at them with pop culture references (the late night food, for example), as well as keep up with election coverage with my wife (who was disappointed in the results, like many Koreans I know), and to generally get to know my 3rd home (after USA and China) better. I’ve found the topics on Koreabang are generally more varied and deep when compared to their Chinasmack, Indoboom, Japancrush, and Russiaslam comrades. With the background I got from The Impossible Country, I’m able to more competently understand what is going on in the minds of my friends and wife more than ever.

  • I am an IT Engineer aspiring to do business with South Korea. I’ve been a silent reader of koreaBANG for a few months now. I read koreaBANG to have better understanding of everyday life of Korean people. I want to know more what Korean people find interesting, what their opinions on popular topics, etc. I believe it can come in handy later. Sadly there’s not much articles in koreaBANG that covers the field of IT. If I may, I want Tudor’s book, Korea The Impossible Country.

  • craftybass

    I have been studying Korean for the past 6 years. To be honest, I’m not generally all that interested in most of the articles. I am most interested in your translations of the articles. I use it as a study guide and I have learned a great deal about more complex grammar forms and advanced vocabulary. Translating is an art in itself, and observing each authors style has helped me slowly develop my own style. Thanks for doing the giveaway. The Korean Way in Business sounds nice.^^

  • JungBlackjack

    Hello! I am a college student studying physics. I became a reader of KoreaBang just recently and I really find it informative because this site gives me new understandings of Korea and its society. I would be happy if I get the book named Korea:The impossible country because it feels like I would learn a lot about the country I have always been associated with but know little about the actual history and society. Thank you!

  • e_p

    I am a high school teacher out here in Seoul. I’ve lived here for a year and I am still having trouble having basic conversations in Korean. I’d love to get the Korean for Beginners book. As for why I read koreabang, so I can stay informed on the local news and have something to talk about with my coworkers!

  • Saeed

    I work in the stock market. I love reading newspapers to know the society I live in, whether in Singapore, Ireland or else. Yet, in Korea I can’t read but the English newspaper, which will cast a certain mindset, I assume. I don’t want Korean-American opinions. I’d like to see Korean-Korean opinions.

    KoreaBANG is my insider to Korean society. Yes, it also can cast its own opinions, by picking certain news only, but from more than a year of following you guys.. I’m satisfied with your quality.. and amazed by the accuracy of presenting translations with the original text embedded!

    As for the book, I’m interested in “The Korean Way in Business” =)

    Thanks for your efforts!

  • chinhanpa

    Hi! As a student hoping to be accepted into a
    medical college, I am currently working on completing my undergraduate program. Being in a university that has a diverse
    composition that starkly contrasts that of my hometown encourages me to take a better
    look at world affairs. From chinaSMACK
    to russiaSLAM, your content does well in satisfying this by highlighting the subtleties
    of complex issues that newspapers of records and major television news programs
    do not usually explore. I enjoy reading
    koreaBANG for its measured and yet sometimes blithe approach to current events. Thanks to koreaBANG and Tuttle Publishing for
    this giveaway opportunity—and if drawn, I would be pleased to learn from “Korea:
    The Impossible Country” in which Daniel Tudor explains the mentality and
    culture of Korean people comprising a wide range of sectors in their society.

  • I’m an university student from Europe, on my way to become a linguist but I still have a long way to go. I’ve tried learning many languages but lost most interest for a lot of them but Korean keeps intriguing me because it’s so different from what we are used to. At young age I started practicing Taekwondo and that was my first contact with it, so I do know a few phrases and all but it would be really nice to learn more and visit the country one day hopefully. That’s why I think that “Essential Korean” would be a great book to own so I could learn even more about it.
    I read koreaBANG because you give good insights into events that happen or just introduce us better to the lifestyle and other useful information one could learn about how everything in Korea works which I really appreciate a lot.

  • Monika [모니카]

    Hello, I am learning korean language for 4 years till now, but already work as a translator in a korean company in Poland.
    I’ve read your articles from last year and the reason I like your page is that you don’t show Korea through only kpop or korean dramas but publish news I’ve never seen on others sites, showing Korea from that ‘bad’ site also. Korean comments below each news is a good thing too, it helps to understand what Koreans think about this or that situation/action/event/crime.
    I’d like to receive “Korea The Impossible Country” or – due to work with people who are studied Korean :) – Essential Korean.
    Best greetings from Poland! M.~

  • mulgogi

    Hello! I am a high school student who has been transfixed by everything Korean for 5 years now. I was lucky enough to find your excellent site, koreabang. I’ve been able to read articles about Korea from several different sources, yet very few have the comments of Korean netizens. When I read a piece of Korean news, what I’m most curious about is what the people think. Their online comments displayed and translated on koreabang really gave me insight into the Korean mind. Unfortunately, I have not been able to learn Korean. I would love to win the ‘Korea for Beginners,’ so that someday I will be able to read the Korean comments in their native language!

  • icomeanon

    Hi! Long time reader, first time poster. I’m a consultant for a health information technology company based in the United States. I’m interested in Korean business and culture. KoreaBANG helps me keep my finger on the pulse of what general Koreans are talking about. I would be interested in getting Essential Korean.

  • WooSung Choi

    Hello! I’m an argentinian, without any korean lineage, but after lots of effort and sacrifice I managed to go to Korea, return here and become a korean language teacher. Everything moved by passion and work. KoreaBANG’s articles are the touch of spice; clear, interesting, with many curiosities that I can tell to my pupils. And very well redacted. If I get lucky, I would like to receive the “Essential Korean” book, in order to enhance my conversation skills, now that I’m more in contact with more korean people in Buenos Aires, and to have more reference material for my pupils. Thanks in advance!

  • Joe

    I’m a student of international business finishing up my last semester while on exchange at Korea University. I hope to find employment here in Korea after graduating and I think a copy of The Korean Way in Business would help me tremendously with that endeavor.

    As for koreaBANG, I’ve been reading for almost a year now. I’m very interested in Korean culture, politics, and the general goings on of this country I live in now as well as its northern neighbor. KoreaBANG helps me keep up to date with the relatively important things since I struggle to weed through the minutiae that is written about in mainstream South Korean media.

  • kYm

    I am a Black person who grew up in a predominantly Korean neighborhood. Both
    cultures are very important to my identity. I read koreaBANG along with other Black news sites to keep updated on the events that effect me and the people in my neighborhood. I would like Korea: The Impossible Country because I am interested in Korea’s transition from a third world country to one of the top exporters or technology and popular culture.

  • Francesco

    Hi there!

    My name is Francesco, I’m Italian, I’m attending a MA in Chinese studies in
    the Netherlands and I already hold a BA in Asian studies which I obtained in
    You might notice that my field of study is not properly Korea, as my career
    suggest, but precisely because I’m eager to know more about Asia, in general,
    and Korea, more specifically, that I found this book giveaway a marvelous
    opportunity to stretch myself beyond those which are the boundaries of my
    academic knowledge.
    The main reason behind my interests in (both) Korea(s) is that I spent I
    considerable amount of time in China and there I met an interesting number of
    Korean students. With them I had the opportunity to strength friendship, share
    ideas and opinions, talk about respectively cultures.
    I was really interested in their society: their daily life, their school
    system, their habits, their customs, their controversial relationship with the
    North, their history and so on. Given the fact that I knew so little about
    Korea before my arrival in China, It was indeed an thrilling discovery which
    arouse in me a sincere interest about a completely different world so far away
    from my Italy: spatially, culturally and socially.
    I’ve been reading KoraBANG, and it’s siblings ChinaSMACK and JapanCRUSH, for almost three now.I find the site, and the sites, a very interesting approach to what is the journalistic world of the mentioned country. You guys often give room to news that cannot be traced in other media, moreover, because of you netizens-based approach at the thing it sounds more vivid and actual. Original news translated to English combined with the reactions and comments of ordinary people, I think it’s a brilliant way to let foreign readers to have an idea about what actually people from that country think of a certain topic.
    If you eventually will take me into consideration for the final draft, the book I’d
    like to read is Daniel Tudor’s Korea: the impossible country.I do think It is the one which suits best my interest among those you have offered.
    Thank you for giving everybody this opportunity (a book indeed is one of the most valuable gift) and thank you for having spent time reading my post!

    Best Regards,


  • Kama


    Why South Korea? I became interested in South Korea through university and ended up studying abroad there. Since I was an international studies major, I was primarily interested in South Korean history and politics. The history of South Korea got me on the airplane, but the culture and people kept me interested long after I set foot back on American soil (the fact that Korean food is delicious also helped, haha).

    I use Koreabang for a few reasons. First, it chooses some very interesting articles unlike other news websites which can be dull at times. Second, I love seeing comments from real Korean people. It provides an insight into different opinions, and I like seeing things from different points of view. Third, and most important, are the translations. It’s very difficult to find resources that have word for word translations in both Korean and English. It also helps a lot that this website will explain any slang in the comment section. It’s an invaluable resource.

    So, for my book I would like to try the Mastering Korean Conversation. I know that I can get a lot of good use out of it. I’m self-studying in Korean now and would like to get more confidence in my pronunciation and grammar ability.

  • opbrandmark

    I started to get interested in the Korean culture and as a Chinese, I come to love every aspect of Korea! I came across Koreabang and it was interesting and entertaining. I spend most of my time reading articles and study Korean at the same time. Essential Korean looks good :)

  • Romina

    Hi I’m Romina from Philippines. I’ve been a silent
    reader of koreaBANG. I read koreaBang to have better understanding of Korean
    culture, traditions and their language. Korean culture is very interesting and
    full of wonderful traditions. Aside from that I
    am very fond of Korean dramas/shows. I want to learn their language so that i
    will not wait for subbed episodes anymore and also one of my dreams is to
    be able to visit Korea and communicate with people there. I really want to
    learn Korean seriously so I
    would like to try the book of Mastering Conversational Korean (Korean for
    Beginners). That’s all. 감사합니다. ^_^

  • Romina Salmo Gante

    Hi I’m Romina from Philippines. I’ve been a silent
    reader of koreaBANG. I read koreaBang to have better understanding of Korean
    culture, traditions and their language. Korean culture is very interesting and
    full of wonderful traditions. Aside from that I
    am very fond of Korean dramas/shows. I want to learn their language so that i
    will not wait for subbed episodes anymore and also one of my dreams is to
    be able to visit Korea and communicate with people there. I really want to
    learn Korean seriously so I
    would like to try the book of Mastering Conversational Korean (Korean for
    Beginners). That’s all. 감사합니다. ^_^

  • BreeMichelle

    Hello, I’ve been on KoreaBANG since 2013. I read it to help me understand what the everyday Korean is interested in.I really love the pictures ,articles and glossary on tho site. I learn a lot of Korean references from site , thanks for all the hard work! Currently I am self-teaching Korean to myself because I really enjoy Korean Culture, not just the dramas and movies but also the everyday happenings there. I would like the Essential Korean textbook to help in teaching myself Korean ^^ thanks;

  • Balkan

    Hello. I’m from Serbia and I am interested in Korean language and culture which is the main reason why I visit Korea Bang. I like that there is the original version of the text and especially comments on Korea Bang (it’s good as a language practice). The comments of Korean users help me understand their way of thinking. The book I would like to have chance to explore more would be “Korean for Beginners”. Thanks!

  • thegyopo

    I’m a recent university graduate who decided to go on a trip to Korea as a grad trip. Being a 교포, it has been a great culture shock and I managed to learn a lot about my heritage and family. I left with a hunger to find more, but I figured it would be something that I would phase out of. However, I moved on to banking and there were some korean clients who would assume that I was fluent in both Korean language and culture. Everytime I get mistaken like that, all my memories of me being assumed Korean comes up and how I tried to fit in with the Korean group of students in high school but failed in the end. Something stirred inside me that triggered an identity crisis of sorts now and I am trying my best to understand, but this is not something that would be fixed overnight, if at all. I read KoreaBANG because it is a gateway for me to understand not just current events in Korea but also to see implied senses of culture, attitudes, and societal structures that is inherently a part of being a korean in each article as a way to perhaps one day join a community that I can explore more of my heritage in. Any of those books I believe might help but I do feel that The Korean Way in Business would help me the most if I were to become a bridge between the korean community and other communities in the banking world.

  • happysquirrel

    Hello i’m a year 12,australian, high school student who has taught my self korean. I’ve been reading koreabang articles for about a year now. It’s interesting reading translations about the political,business and cultural side of korea instead of the ever present k-pop articles.Being able to read netizens comments really gives insight into the korean mindset in regards to current events. It’s also been incredibly helpful in providing me new vocabulary,i can cross translate the english with the original korea text and learn some fancy new words. I’m teaching myself korean over here, any book would be great! :) specifically “Korean for Beginners”.

  • Enoch

    Hi! My names is Enoch. I came across this site via ChinaSMACK. This is probably the best site ever. Then I got introduced to KoreaBANG. One of my best friend is of Korean descent. What’s funny is, people mistaken for Chinese and other mistaken me for Korean or Japanese. Therefore we are planning to visit China and Korea together. Would be cool if I got “Korean for Beginners”. You’re site makes me feel like I know Korea like a native, that also applies to ChinaSMACK! Keep up the good work y’all. I check you guys everyday!!! NO JOKE!

  • The Korean for Beginners book has been on my to-buy list for a while! I read the blog to get an idea of what is going on in Korea while I pluck away at learning the language.

  • tdbw

    I’m a frequent visitor, but seldom comment. I came here through sister site chinasmack (which I came across yeeearrs ago!). I’m now a permanent resident of Japan and make 3-4 trips to Korea a year, so I like reading koreabang to keep me up to date on what’s happening in Korea. While I choose to live here in Japan, I am fully aware of Japan’s historical role in Asia and like to compare the attitudes found in Japanese, Chinese, Korean social media, the general public, and national news.

    I’d like the Essential Korean book. It’s quite funny- despite my affinity for kdramas, KBS news live broadcasts, and visits to Korea, I rarely use Korean or English communicate in Korea, only Japanese!

  • mornajackel

    I have been living in Korea for 5 years now. I like to keep myself up to date on things that are happening here. I find this website a great resource for doing that. I would be interested in reading the book Korea the Impossible Country.

  • sky86

    Hi, I’m Nicole and i’m from the Philippines! I’ve been keeping myself on the track with koreaBANG since I’m not fluent in Korean so reading articles is a hard task for me. Also, taking a cup of everyone’s tea makes me think of a more diverse opinion on things, that’s why I frequently go and check this site.

    For the book, I’d like to get “Korea: The Impossible Country” if ever, because I am deeply infatuated with Korean history, and I only have a little bit of knowledge about it (due to 사극 which I really find cool to watch). I’m not hoping that much since there are lots of ppl who’ve submitted their entries, but getting the book would be highly appreciated. ♥

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  • Guy Forget

    Are Uighurs racist??? Many han chinese are moving into Uighurs land (formerly and shortly existed as East Turkestan, Turkic muslims). They fear the erosion of their traditions and cultures due to the influx of han chinese so they are now protesting and some knife wielding terrorists killed civilians. The Chinese have launched an anti-terrorism campaign and have executed the terrorists. So does this make the Uighurs racist since they don’t want foreigner chinese moving into and taking over their land and eroding their traditions and culture? Haha….let’s see what you say now.

  • tomtom

    I read KoreaBang now after transitioning away from ChinaSmack to get a insight into the most relevant pop cultural topics presented in English. I am now working in Korea; having previously studied Chinese and Japanese at university. It is fascinating to me to view the commonalities and differences between Asian countries. I am very interested in the The Korean Way In Business book.

  • Michelle K

    I read koreaBANG because as a Korean living in America, I think it’s interesting to get a different perspective on the things happening in Korea. I appreciate the range of topics that koreaBANG addresses and find that I learn a lot from reading! Would love to have Korea: The Impossible Country!

  • Neria Kylen

    To be honest, you can say me as a new reader on koreabang. First time I met this fabulous site when I looking for free trip to korea and google drive me here. Since then, I’ve been read koreabang. I’m an International Relations students and this topic (eventually word “free”) could get me very interest more to read your articles. Also, koreabang could give me some facts to do research, even developing entertainment news and facts to know more. Korean politics, for example, those one is what I learn for on university. So, thats why Korea: The Impossible Country sounds so interesting. What is impossible about a country? Hows you make a definition about your country? That may be answered on those book. Many expectations and questions wandering on my mind.

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