[KS] the culture of death and life insurance markets in Korea

Janelli, Roger L. janelli at indiana.edu
Tue Oct 23 21:58:59 EDT 2007

Though  I don't recall that David Prendergast's _From Elder to Ancestor: Old Age, Death and Inheritance in Modern Korea_ (Hawaii, 2005)  deals with life insurance companies, but you may find some helpful material there on the culture of death.

Roger Janelli
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Subject: [KS] the culture of death and life insurance markets in Korea

Dear colleagues:

I have an undergrad student who is currently involved in a research
project at UCLA who needs help in locating materials related to the
culture of death and life insurance market in South Korea.  I have
pasted below her project description and the more specific area where
she needs help.
Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

> Project Title: Culture, Death, and Life Insurance
> Project Description: Life insurance is a peculiar commercial
> commodity that
> puts a price on priceless human life. When being introduced to a
> population,
> it always faces strong cultural resistance. This project compares
> how life
> insurance markets emerged in Japan and China, where the topic of
> death is a
> cultural taboo. Data collection for the Chinese case is already
> completed.
> What is needed is information about the formation of the life
> insurance
> market in Korea and Japan.  Also other relevant materials,
> including the
> history and the development of the Korean and Japanese life insurance
> market, the culture of death in Korea and Japan, the welfare
> institutions in
> Korea and Japan. Information about other East Asian life insurance
> markets,
> such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand may be needed.

Thank you,
Namhee Lee
Assistant Professor
Asian Languages & Cultures
290 Royce Hall
Box 951540, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540
Mailcode: 154003

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