Korean Culture: Family in Korea

Courtesy of Mrs. Lee:

한국의 가족 Family in Korea

When you ask Koreans, “How many people are there in your family?, they can’t answer the question easily. This is because they are not sure whether they should include only people living with them in their house or not. Married people consider that people living with them in their own house are the family members. For example, when they live with their parents, they include parents. Otherwise, they do not include parents in their family. But even in this case, they say “though we don’t live together, there are parents, sisters and brothers and so on”.

They say this because they consider the range of the family to be very wide. Koreans also make statements like the following: “ They were so kind to us. They treated us like family.” When we introduce close friends or people to someone, we give the impression they are just like a family to us. This shows that the families are close and the range of the family is wide. Therefore, some companies even call the customers family members of the company.

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