The Point System

There you have the basics of the Korean family structure.

An interesting cultural note: relationships have numeric “points.” There are zero “points” between a husband and wife. Between a parent and child there is one “point” of relationship. Brothers and sisters have a “two-point” relationship.

The relationship between a child and their father’s brother is a total of three points (one for the parent, two for the parent’s brother). This is reflected in the name for the unmarried paternal uncle,


which starts with the syllable , Korean for “three.”

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