Go Premium
Facebook Twitter Google Plus

A Message to Korean People

July 13, 2015

Comments

Share Post

Last weeks Speaker’s Corner was a message for foreigners in Korea, and this week is the big switchero. What is a message foreigners have for Koreans? I think this is an interesting topic because Korea is still quite new to having foreigners living around them.

While foreigners coming to Korea have to learn about Korean culture, there are also a lot of things about other cultures that are new and strange to understand for Korean people. Things as basic as different coloured hair, skin, or eyes can cause foreigners to be stared at by Korean people, even if it isn’t for malicious or racist reasons. As for me, it never bothered me that people stared at me because I always thought of it like, how would I react if someone arrived in my city with purple skin? I might glance or stare at them myself out of curiosity! But I know that this can be a difficult thing for some people to deal with and a lot of people would like to be able to tell Korean people how uncomfortable it makes them feel.

So what are some things you’d like to tell Korean people? Let us know!

Comments

10

Share Post

Speakers Corner

HIDE COMMENTS

A Message to Korean People

10 COMMENTS

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. not that much Korean in s.Fla
    I would love to have some Korean
    friends or girlfriend.

    3 years ago
  2. DD

    I can recognize what’s going on when customer watching the cloth and owner put it back. It is because you didn’t show the right sign to the owner. Korean shop owners never goes to you and ask “may I help you?” except you are at really big department store. -workers at department store does ask you that question because it is mandatory to the workers.- Because it sounds like forcing you to decide. So what owner do is watch out the customer until they are out from the store/organize other stuff beside of the person to let person can ask you about the product. If you stay in shop pretty long time and chat about the product but never ask anything about it, exhausted owners are being rude. You should watch out that owners are paying their attention to you. Usually when I enter shop, I just say “I’ll just look around/I would like to buy skirt.” quickly and not stay long except I’m serious. Even if I’m serious, staying short, not touching product too much is ettiquette.

    Other things are.. For me, in U.S., people never move thier position when other person is close to their back. In korea, people just move their position when someone is approaching. It was pretty WTF for me until I recognize I can just say ‘excuse me’ first. I feel the honoring words also works in different way but yet not able to figure out.

    3 years ago
    • DD

      But some shop owners( I’m saying this because usually this situation happens at small local shop ) are just rude, it is happening. But not doing it for fun!

      3 years ago
  3. I agree with the two ladies at the end! How do Koreans have such nice skin?!

    3 years ago
  4. Can I be very honest about the layout of the website for a second? For starters I don’t really think it represents eat your kimchi very well.. it looks like a website the government would design. It’s very boring. On top of that the comment section is really being hidden away which is kind of sad. Before it looked more like a whole, as opposed to now where it looks more like 1. a very boring forum 2. like it’s a attachment to the video … just a little bit more distant I would say (it’s hard to explain) I also noticed that i’m not that attracted to the website anymore as a very loyal nastie I would open it up pretty often for the comments and just checking for new video’s but ever since the layout changed I find myself doing those two things more often on youtube. I know the crew and especially Rose have worked very hard, so I’m sad to say that the website has really lost it’s POP and attraction for me.

    3 years ago
    • Aw. I’m sorry to hear that. We’re gonna work on making it better. We just had to do something to fix the old website, because it was loading very slowly for people with bad internet connections.

      3 years ago
  5. My two cents about being a foreigner in Korea : BE ALERT ABOUT YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Seoul is a beautiful city and you’ll definitely want to stop and get pictures (or stop to figure out where the h#ll you are) but if you want to do these things, please pull to the side so that you can get out of the way of the Koreans trying to get to work, home, w/e.

    Also, learn to say “thank you, hello, sorry, how much is this, where is —, and goodbye”. LEARN A BIT ABOUT THE CULTURE BEFORE YOU GET THERE!!! 80% of hardship that I see foreigners experiencing is because they failed to learn about the culture before they left home. For example: Standing on the left side of escalators and wondering why someone shoves you as they walk past. It’s because you’re supposed to be on the right side if you just want to stand. Example 2: Wondering why it’s 30 minutes after your meal and the ajumma still hasn’t come to take your money. It’s not because of bad service, it’s because you usually get up and go to the register to pay. Etc…

    Anyways, if you pay attention to the things going on around you then it’ll be a lot easier.

    3 years ago
  6. I think the last two women talking about Koreans having beautiful skin was kind of funny. They seemed to have flawless skin as well.

    3 years ago
  7. Ang

    Love this topic. Good to see everyone being honest about their opinion. I want to visit korea, one day.

    3 years ago
  8. Awesome…thanks!

    3 years ago