- The name of “your” family’s country of origin
- At least five ways in which you will prepare yourself to be culturally responsive towards this family
I will purchase some books on learning Korean and I will study and learn about the Korean family values, Korean educational values, and Korean celebrations and holidays. I will also study and understand the Concept of Kibun. Kibun is a word with no literal English translation; the closest terms are pride, face, mood, feelings, or state of mind. If you hurt someone’s kibun you hurt their pride, cause them to lose dignity, and lose face. Korean interpersonal relationships operate on the principle of harmony. It is important to maintain a peaceful, comfortable atmosphere at all times, even if it means telling a “white lie”. Kibun enters into every facet of Korean life. It is important to know how to judge the state of someone else’s kibun, how to avoid hurting it, and how to keep your own kibun at the same time.
- A brief statement describing in what ways you hope that these preparations will benefit both you and the family?
I hope that in preparing myself with learning about their language, it will allow me to communicate with them if English is not easily understood by them. Also, in learning about the concept of Kibun and the Korean educational values, I will be able to understand behaviors that may occur with-in the classroom concerning this specific child. In understanding the Korean family culture, I will be able to address the family appropriately without offending anyone. The father is the head of the household and when having conferences where both parents are in attendance, I should speak directly to the father. Understanding their celebrations and holidays will allow me to be understanding and supportive of absences due to such celebrations as well as showing that I have respect for their culture. Showing that I have taken interest in understanding their culture will show the family that I have good intentions and am willing to be understanding and accepting of differences.