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Haeju Oh Jee Hyun

is my full name. I was born and grew up in Republic of Korea or South Korea, a country of *hyperconnectivity. The nation is modern and democratic however still retains patriarchal *Neo-Confucian principles of family organisation, social order and hierarchy.

Mountains are what I love the most in my home country. They cover seventy percent of the Korean Peninsula and centuries old Buddhist temples are an important part of the Korean landscape. There are some 900 traditional Buddhist temples in South KoreaSouth Korea borders the secretive communist dynasty in the north with whom it shares thousands years of history.

*Korean surnames are the combination of a bon-gwan(regional clans) and a family name(clan name). Haeju is my bon-gwan and Oh is my family name. Bon-gwan is the concept of clan in Korea and it is a group of people that share the same paternal ancestor. It distinguishes clans that happen to share a same family name. For example, the Gyeongju Kim and the Gimhae Kim are considered different clans. This clan system is cognate with Gotra in Sanskrit texts and shares most features. *Hyperconnectivity is a term invented by Canadian social scientists Anabel Quan-Haase and Barry Wellman, arising from their studies of person-to-person and person-to-machine communication in networked organizations and networked societies. *Neo-Confucianism is the name commonly applied to the revival of the various strands of Confucian philosophy and political culture that began in the 9th century and reached new levels of intellectual and social creativity in the 11th century China. It was introduced to Korea in the 14th century and established as the state ideology in Joseon Korea (1392-1910).