Book Review: The Power of Nunchi


Have you ever wondered why your less-skilled coworker gets promoted before you, or why that one woman from your yoga class is always surrounded by adoring friends? They probably have great nunchi. The art of reading a room and understanding what others are thinking and feeling, nunchi is a form of emotional intelligence that anyone can learn. Sherlock Holmes has great nunchi. Cats have great nunchi. Steve Jobs had great nunchi. With its focus on observing others rather than asserting yourself—it’s not all about you! Nunchi is a refreshing antidote to our culture of self-promotion, and a welcome reminder to look up from your cell phone. 

Nunchi has been used by Koreans for more than 5,000 years. It’s what catapulted their nation from one of the world’s poorest to one of the richest and most technologically advanced in half a century. And it’s why K-pop—an unlikely global phenomenon, performed as it is in a language spoken only in Korea—is even a thing. Not some quaint Korean custom like taking off your shoes before entering a house, nunchi is the currency of life. The Power of Nunchi will show you how the trust and connection it builds can help you succeed in all areas of your life—from business to love.


Have you ever wished you could navigate social situations with more finesse and intuition? Enter The Power of Nunchi by Euny Hong, a book that explores the unique Korean concept of nunchi. 

Nunchi is the art of subtly reading a room and understanding unspoken cues. When used correctly, it can prove very fruitful in just about every social setting, from a wedding to a meeting with senior management. Through captivating anecdotes, practical examples, and illuminating cultural references, Hong introduces readers to the various benefits of mastering nunchi, from creating deeper connections to achieving tremendous success in both personal and professional endeavours.

What sets this book apart is its accessibility and relevance in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world. Hong seamlessly blends traditional wisdom with modern-day insights, making Nunchi accessible to readers from all walks of life. 

One of the most compelling aspects of the book is its emphasis on empathy and mindfulness. By encouraging readers to develop a heightened awareness of their surroundings and the people around them, Hong demonstrates how Nunchi can serve as a powerful tool for building empathy, building rapport, and cultivating harmonious relationships.

Overall, The Power of Nunchi offers valuable insights for anyone who wants to improve their social interactions and build stronger relationships. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed introvert navigating a crowded office or simply looking to enhance your communication skills, this book provides a unique perspective that you will find both interesting and applicable.

The Power of Nunchi was published on 5 November 2019 by Penguin Life. You can purchase the book here.

TitleThe Power of Nunchi
AuthorEuny Hong
PublisherPenguin Life
List Price24.32 AUD