Kat·Kim (noun) Firm believer that words and ideas can change the world.
From Korean Culture May Offer Clues in Asiana Crash, NBC News:
Investigators combing through the debris and data recordings from theAsiana Airlinesjet that crashed in San Francisco Saturday may learn more about what happened inside the cockpit of theBoeing777 aircraft by studying an unlikely clue: Korean culture.
South Korea’s aviation industry has faced skepticism about its safety and pilot habits since a few deadly crashes beginning in the 1980s. But despite changes, including an improved safety record, Korea’s aviation sector remains rooted in a national character that’s largely about preserving hierarchy—and asking few questions of those in authority.
"The Korean culture has two features—respect for seniority and age, and quite an authoritarian style," said Thomas Kochan, a professor at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "You put those two together, and you may get more one-way communication—and not a lot of it upward."
In the Korean language, you speak to superiors and elders in an honorific form that requires more words and can be more oblique than in English, for example. It’s less, “Yo! You want water?”; and more, “It’s a warm day for a nice refreshment, no?” This may sound trivial. But put this in the context of a cockpit, where seconds and decision-making are crucial, and communication and culture can matter.
Uh. Can someone explain to me how culture and language played into the crash?@8 months ago with 2 notes
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Raised in suburban New Jersey (but a city girl at heart), Kathleen Kim likes to read stories and write her own. A proud Syracuse University alumna, she has previously interned at Inc. magazine and Weider History Group . Besides journalism, her other interests include spoken-word poetry, yoga, and collecting as many CDs as her wallet can afford. (Twitter | Tumblr)
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