Colombian Han

Throughout its history, Colombia has endured generations of trauma and suffering from Spanish colonization, American interference, and the drug trade.

It’s a country famous for its parties, drugs, and alcohol. I learned from my tour guide yesterday that these activities are a coping mechanism for Colombians.

This concept sounds similar to another post I’ve written recently on the Korean word Han:

Han describes emotions of resentment, anger, and sorrow from generations of conflict and oppression. It’s a cultural trait that all native Koreans are believed to have.

Korea is another country with a troubled past marred by colonization. Korea’s also has a strong drinking culture. Perhaps Colombia also suffers from this concept of Han like Korea.

April 28, 2022


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