Canada vs. South Korea

        In Socials class these past few days we have been studying the five themes of geography and applying them to Canada.  This post is not only going to be about Canada, but also another country of my choice.  I choose South Korea.  Why?  Well because as a Canadian raised South Korean I’m unfamiliar with my own background so it makes this assignment much more interesting for me.  I also have a reliable source; my parents.

   First of all the five themes of geography:

Starting from location South Korea is much different from Canada.  Canada is in the western part of the world in North America, while Korea is on the eastern part in Asia.  The difference in location would lead to differences in the environment which would cause differences in the way the way people live.

Canada is obviously a huge country with tons of land and plants, labeling it as the country with the most beautiful nature in the world; at least in my opinion.  And since the main industry for export is trees, we don’t have many factories, allowing the air to stay clean and the skies to shine bright blue.  Unlike South Korea which is a very small country and has many factories so the air is much more polluted.  But it is more urban and modern than Canada.

Since it is more urban than Canada, the movement in South Korea is also much faster.  Whether it be the people, the vehicles, the ideas, technology, etc., it all moves and spreads very fast.  Especially the internet and technology is one of the fastest in the world!  Not to mention South Korea has one of the best public transit systems in the world.  Canada on the other hand seems to be on the slow side and the public transit isn’t very developed.  I know from experience.

This is a person’s experience with public transportation in Korea:

Like mentioned above, the landscape and environment of Canada and Korea is different and the people are different, so obviously the way the two interact are different.  Canada has many parks, farms and the streets are covered with trees.  Korea does not have many trees lying around like Canada. But there are countrysides where the crops and animals are grown very naturally with sincerity by the elders (most farmers are elders or farmers from long generation families).  North America uses more unnatural things, such as chemicals, on their plants and animals than Korea does.  Another difference between the human/environment interaction is that Canadians are well known to recycle and sort out their papers, from cans, from garbage, especially because there’s a developed system where people get money back for recycling.  In South Korea there isn’t much of a recycling system like that so almost nobody, I believe, recycles; everything is thrown into the garbage can.

All these differences in the five themes of geography between Canada and South Korea are distinct.  Therefore the mindsets and values of the people are different as well.  Canadians prioritize free time and are very relaxed, while South Koreans are always looking out for new trends.  But one country is not better than the other, for both have their pros and cons.  The overall condition and whole united environment of the world is what I think much more important.

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