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How to Master the Korean Art of Snap Judgments

Leave your empathy at the door

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Once as a child, after accidentally offending a family friend, I defended myself to my father by saying, “I didn’t mean to upset Jinny’s mother.”

My father’s reply: “The fact that the harm wasn’t intentional doesn’t make it better. It makes it worse.”

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Euny Hong

Euny Hong

Author, The Power of Nunchi: The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success and The Birth of Korean Cool. Juive franco-coréenne. IG @eunyhong

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