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Life in Korea
South Korea is located in East Asia, it is a small peninsula country in-between China and Japan. It is a country with a long
and rich history. Korean people are known for their work ethic, resilience and strong culture of respect. South Korea was
separation from North Korea when Japan was defeated in WWII and left South Korea desolate and impoverished. In spite
of all the challenges and obstacles that have faced the people of South Korea they have advanced and improved rapidly as
a nation. South Korea has gone from broken and desolate to technologically advanced and a land full of abundance
spreadings its culture to the world. Korean music, technology, medicine and cosmetics are some of the most influential
aspects of Korean culture that are sweeping the world today. Korea may be a small country but its packed with many good
and kind people, beautiful mountains and numerous resources. If you are interested in learning more about Korea and its
culture, history and people feel free to take a look at the following links.
South Korea has come through a lot, the people have had struggles and challenges that have left scars. These scars are
not all harmful but it has become clear that some of these scars need to be addressed and the issues faced in order to help
the youth of Korea to grow up whole and balanced. For example while Japan had control of the Korean people they forced
them to change their educational system and some of those changes did not disappear when Japan was defeated. Korea
is highly influenced by confucianism due to historic connections with China and over the years a unique Korean culture has
evolved. The confucianism theology and ideology introduced so long ago is now a foundational element of Korean culture
and way of life. Knowing this foundational information is helpful for understanding the issues that face the Korean people
and how his Institute hopes to assist in making things better for the youth and for the future.
In Korea and many Asian countries education is a highly competitive field. More than ever students are pressured to
perform and only noticed when at the top of their class. This competitiveness has its advantages, such as, students apply
themselves and working harder than most students in western countries. Tests and evaluations often show Korean,
Japanese and other asian students with much higher overall results than the western world. Yet, the cost for this academic
advancement is damaging on a very foundational level. From Middle School on most students have some idea of what a
successful life is. Success is generally seen as fame and fortune just about everywhere in the world yet the added push of
the collectivist culture for everyone to be the same can cause high stress in students.
These days students often form beliefs and dreams based on the current culture more than they own abilities and desires.
As you can probably guess, this is not ideal for students and causes an unbalanced life and education. Many students get
little to no time for exercise or play on a regular basis and often times force themselves to work harder on subjects that they
may never excel in just because that is what is expected of them. As it turned out some youth are not into this performance
race and end up lashing out. The number or “troubled youth” in Korea is increasing and this has caused many in the world
of education to give more time and attention to youth and the education system. May people see a problem and believe
something should change, yet most people are unable to do anything. Currently the popular theories tend to imply that the
problem is with the youth. Many leaders in phycology and education tend to lean towards seeing youth as the problem
rather than the system as the problem.
The heart of the issue is human nature and sin. Every culture has problems and issues that can only be fully solved when
God is put first. Here at ILF, we believe God has given us a call and a love for the Youth of Korea. He has and continues to
help us see and understand what is going on that we might do our best to create a new kind of youth culture, one that is
based on Gods Kingdom. The only real way to help students is to give them a real relationship with God. We are working
through the mediums of camp, games, community and fun to open students hearts and minds that they might come to
know who God is and who they are.