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Korean Blood Types

February 25, 2014

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How can we have NOT talked about Blood Types all this time? Seriously! This is important stuff! Well, not really that important, because it’s not necessarily true, but it is shocking how our blood type descriptions do fit us quite well.

What shocks us, though, is that we fit our blood type descriptions better than we fit our Horoscope descriptions. I never really related with the Capricorn/Aquarius characteristics, and the only thing Martina agreed with as a Taurus was in being stubborn. These blood type qualities, though? Yes, I’m antisocial and Martina is a social butterfly. I can be sociable in a social setting, but I don’t put up with much and avoid stuff I don’t like. Also, supposedly I don’t care much for forgiving and forgetting, because I’m never offended, so there’s nothing to forgive or forget. It’s impossible to offend me. IMPOSSIBLE. Maybe that’s why I’m not in any Kpop fandoms? OHHH BURN! No wait don’t go! It was a joke! Ahhhh. There I go again being too blunt.

I wonder if Korea has the equivalent to Big Poppa. “Who they attractin with that line ‘what’s yo name what’s yo sign'”? In Korea it’d be more like “what’s yo name what’s yo blood type?” And instead of Big Poppa it’d be Big Abba. I’d totally listen to that song. On a more serious note, hey you: Kpop Celebrities. I know you read these blog posts (you don’t have to hide anymore). Where’s that club for AB people? I need to know plz.

Soo Zee was telling us how, in first dates, blood types very often come up in conversation. Maybe not to any great depth, but it’s asked, even if just in passing. Have you been asked your Astrological sign on your first dates?

I only know one person who’s really into astrology. I won’t name him, in case he’s reading. We did have a chat with him, once, though, and it was freaky how into it he was. It’s even down to the point where he can say “it’s this day in the Astrological calendar so ______ kind of stuff is supposed to happen today.” I remember he blamed the cracking of his toilet as a result of it, because technology was supposed to act up that day. I wouldn’t consider my pooper technology, really, though I suppose it technically stands up to the definition. You know, I guess that conversation we had was so specific that he probably already knows that it’s him, so there’s no point in us naming him anymore. Ok, fine. You win. His name was G-Dragon. Ha! No.

Also, there’s a fairly popular webtoon on the Korean net about Blood Types. I’m gonna link it here for relevance: BOOYA! Some of them are actually quite hilarious. They’re worth checking out :D

Yeah! So that’s it for this week’s TL;DR. Please let us know if there’s any characteristics we missed out on for the blood types, and also if you’re in any way shocked by our blood types. We’re shocked how much they fit us. Maybe you guise were like “pffft it figures.” I wonder if there’s a common bloodtype amongst commenters here. Maybe it’s only A types that are drawn to commenting? I wonder. There’s only one way to find out: by clicking on this pretty button below right here:

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  1. I knew about the blood type thing but as I can see, a lot of O types don’t seem to fit the description…I’d rather fit the AB description more, and even the A one, but not the O (and I’m an O)…on the other hand I do fit greatly in my Pisces sign characteristics…and I’m able to find a lot of similarities between people with the same horoscope…for example, a lot of idols of the sagittarius are extrovert, energetic and easygoing (I’m thinking about Chaenyol from EXO and Seungrie from BIGBANG, )…Scorpio are generally a bit twisted, clever and cool outside but really soft and a bit of fools inside (I think about TOP and Kris)…and so on…but well, of course personality is not something you can explain so easly…

    2 years ago
    • I seem to fit both in some ways, and not others.. but If I had to choose which fit me better, I’d probably say the blood type, since some of my Leo traits aren’t as strong or aren’t acted on loudly (I’m type A; I don’t voice my opinion much)

      2 years ago
      • you know, stubborness doesn’t necessary show loudly…for example my aunt is a Leo and she doesn’t talk much…but she is indeed so so stubborn when it comes to judgement and beliefs…Leo are often silently firm in their opinion…calm, strong and immersed in their own world when they find the thing they want to do…at least this is my experience with the leo sign…XD

        2 years ago
        • Seems about right lol.. A lot of the signs I can see in myself, but people who don’t know me wouldn’t think I had them >.<"

          2 years ago
  2. My blood type is 2nd positive, so if I’m right, it should be A(+) in Korea.
    And that Totally matches the description… The introverted perfectionist I am. (I’ve even worried myself to such extend that I had to take a break from my uni studies twice. Worrying grew into anxiety and anxiety into depression *sigh*. Had to learn to take things less seriously…)

    2 years ago
  3. I have no idea what’s my blood type :D I do know what my horoscope is, but that’s pretty much all. In Finland we really don’t give a sh*t about our horoscopes, blood types or anything like that. Your personality comes from home and the environment modifies it, not some stars tell you who you are or how you should behave. Kind of boring, seems like we Finnish can’t believe in anything that isn’t scientifically certified.

    2 years ago
  4. I’m blood type A- :D I found out after going to my first blood drive. It’s a pretty fun experience and you get snacks at the end. (^o^)/ I don’t feel like I fit my blood type, though. ; w ; I usually come up short when it comes to all the amazing, super sparkly qualities that they list. If anything it feels like the person I used to be back in high school :0

    2 years ago
  5. My boyfriend is B+ and he fits perfectly in the description, I’m O+ but I’m all the opposite of the O description, and that’s funny because I like read the horoscope, we’re Leo and the horoscope of each day fits with him, the irony is … he don’t believe in nothing ._.

    2 years ago
  6. Haven’t got a clue what my blood type is but I am intrigued to find out.

    As you said, in Western cultures, horoscopes are said to influence your personality and boy do I live up to mine.

    I’m a Leo :D Our positive traits are we’re loyal, optimistic and kind/big-hearted. Our negative traits are that we tend to be headstrong, impatient, possessive and dominating.

    My parents and younger sister are also Leo’s so judging from our negative traits, you can imagine how tense disagreements are in our house lol. Nobody wants to back down and someone always wants to have the last word. Pretty funny at times though :D

    2 years ago
  7. Does positive or negative blood type count? Also I’ve been hearing about yellow dust lately. Could you please tell us some more about this? Maybe it’s because I’ve just heard about but it seems really dangerous and kinda makes me nervous, as someone with weaker lungs, to visit Korea :/ x x x

    2 years ago
  8. i dont know my blood type! the last time i asked my doctor didnt tell me but the next time i go i am determined to find out since i will be going to korea this summer!

    2 years ago
  9. Does it matter whether you are negative or positive? Well, i don’t think that the O description fits me and i’m an O negative :D However, i happen to like the blood type thing more than signs – it’s your own blood after all, not just star dust.

    By the way, is there an english version of the webtoon?

    2 years ago
    • It means that if you are Rh-negative and your partner is Rh-positive and you make a baby- you will probably need to get shots at some point in the pregnancy so you don’t develop antibodies against your potentially Rh-positive child.

      Odd really, that this is the only antigen that would have an actual, physical bearing on a couple’s “compatibility”, and it isn’t included in the “blood astrology”. It might be that it is just really rare in Korea to be Rh-negative. It is more common in some other populations.

      2 years ago
    • maybe the negative sign means a bit less of a correlation between you and your blood type? e.e Idk I’m just guessing here but I’m blood type A- and I don’t quite fit the description lol

      2 years ago
      • omg really? :0 That’s it then! lol The negatives must get their own description >A< I did not know that negative blood types were more rare though. Thanks for sharing that :D

        2 years ago
  10. I’m blood-type A.. basically what was said was generally true about me, though it’s not 100% obviously..
    I speak my opinion a lot in my head, but I don’t really speak my opinion freely unless I’m prodded >.<"

    When someone mentions AB, I always remember the 'chocoball' group, which had Kim Heechul, Jang Geunsuk, Lee Hongki, & others.. and their name's meaning was something like "Although we’re a bit psychotic, the more you see us, the more charming you’ll find us" …Was that the club thing you were talking about? lol

    2 years ago
  11. I’m bloodtype A! I only got to know this from biology class in high school, I had to prick my finger with a sharp object for blood :'( so painful and scary, I’m not gonna do that again… As far how the discription goes, quite recognizable

    2 years ago
  12. ahahaha i was totally waiting for you guys to sing NU ABO!!!

    blood type O instantly reminded me of Monica from Friends!

    seriously love your comments on comments at the end of videos!!

    2 years ago
    • Awesome! I’m glad you like that part! We tried it last week and want to keep it in if possible. People say some really interesting stuff in these TLDRs and we’d love to highlight that :)

      2 years ago
  13. We go for the Oooooo`s! Oreos, onigiris, oh and that`s all xD

    2 years ago
  14. What really surprises me about blood types being a popular topic is… That negative and positive never comes into it!! I’m B- and my sister is B+ and of course we have a lot in common (being sisters, I guess), but we are also very different. VERY different. Do Koreans just ignore the + and – of their blood types?? Seems such a great opportunity to go into more depth of character! Darn it, Korean Blood Type Personality Creators!

    Also, isn’t it true that you’ll inherit certain blood types depending on what your parents are? So therefore… COULDN’T KOREANS (and other countries believing in blood type personalities!) MANUFACTURE THEIR IDEAL BABY… By getting a mate who will create said blood type when matched with them?? That would make an interesting k-drama… O_o

    2 years ago
    • On inheriting blood types, yes you inherit, so it should be possible. But if your parents are positive blood type, there’s a chance the child will be negative blood, and a negative blood type parent can ONLY give birth to a negative type child. If you or I (I’m A-) get pregnant with a positive blood type baby, our bodies will attack it and either it will kill us or we will miscarry. A negative blood type cannot give birth to a positive blood type baby.

      2 years ago
      • I am a bit late, but as a Mom I thought I would add something. I am O- and when I was carrying my son (16 years ago) the doctors spoke to me about the problems that COULD happen if I didn’t have 3 shots of what is called RhoGAM. You get a shot when you are typed as soon as possible in your pregnancy, then another in the middle. The last one is when you give birth, but ONLY if the baby is a positive blood type. If the child is negative then no shot is needed. The fist two shots protect the child inside the womb from your negative blood, the last one is to protect future children because any antibodies made from “red blood cell spill over” will affect a positive baby in later pregnancies. Hope that helps!

        2 years ago
      • Sorry but i would like to add something here. It is ENTIRELY possible for a negative type to give birth to a positive type. My mom is O- and my dad is B+ and i’m like my dad B+. It’s true her body was trying to fight me developing and tried to abort me but doctors caught on really early. My mom had to take medication to stop her blood from attacking me and had to take them everyday. She tells me it was a daunting task and there were chances it still might not work but she decided it was worth it. So i’m am good proof that it is very possible if you have good doctors.

        I just wanted to share this to show it was possible ^^;;

        2 years ago
        • Same here. My mom is O-, while my dad is A+ and I am A+ as well.
          And even though the pregnancy period was really difficult and my mom spent most of it in hospitals I still saw daylight and have been living for more than 22 years ^w^

          2 years ago
    • That would be an interesting kdrama.. However, like Simon and Martina said, some people don’t believe in the blood type stuff. There’s also always the possibility that the person may not get all the traits that are associated with their blood type. I only identify with most of the ones for my blood type.

      2 years ago
    • It makes sense because in Korea the Rh-negative phenotype is rarer than in almost any other country on earth. Less than 1% of the population of Korea is Rh-negative. Compared to, say, Canada, where it is just less than 15% of the population is Rh-negative.

      2 years ago
  15. I’m blood type AB!! :D I always loved my blood type cause we are the universal recipients!! Cause we can receive blood from A, B, AB and O!! But we can only donate blood to AB!!

    2 years ago
  16. Blood Type AB baby!!

    2 years ago
  17. I´m blood type A :D Please don´t hate me… :D

    2 years ago
  18. I’m type 0 and personally think my personality match AB type more. I don’t think things like blood type, horoscope or eye color (I’ve seen sth like if you have blue eyes you’re like blablabla…) or your hands shape and this line thingies. Personality is something much more complex thing and there are many different things that have influence on us, especially during childhood.

    And come on judging people by blood type is a rude thing!
    O my god! you’re *insert blood type”! Go away!

    It’s silly!

    (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

    2 years ago
  19. Maybe that AB club for Kpop celebrities is Choco Balls? Heechul, Hongki, Simon D and others…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc0cUgQXtYQ

    2 years ago
  20. I have absolutely no idea what my blood type is. It’s either A or O, but based on what you guys said I think I fit AB best in the “not giving a shit about what people think.” But then again it might be A because I don’t share my opinions for the same reason i.e If I don’t care what people think, why would they care what I think? Agh, I’d like to find out though~~ In school the blood bank told us “Once you hit 18 you can’t find out your blood type unless you donate blood.” so I was like “Screw you!” but that’s probably not true lol (I’m not eligible to give blood anyway I don’t think)
    I was born on a cusp too! But of Libra and Scorpio and to be fair after reading about those personality traits they fit me to a T but I don’t really believe a star sign dictates how a person is. Interesting tl;dr! I enjoyed it a lot :D

    2 years ago
  21. I found out my blood type when I donated (I found out I was + then, since both my parents are O, so it would be unlikely for me not to be). I am blood type O and nothing like the description. I share more with A and AB than I do O. Like, I am super introvert, so more like A, but I can be an asshole too. But yes, no one ever would call me extrovert or the life of a party. Unless that life is growing wallflowers.

    2 years ago
  22. After watching the video I’m probably type A then…I’m way too cautious..-_-

    2 years ago
  23. All the online tests say i’m AB but I never found out for sure. I don’t really care lol I like the myers jung personality test. I’m an ISFJ ^_^

    2 years ago
  24. Ian

    “More like a wordbank” – I understood that reference! :D

    2 years ago
  25. lol. I’m a blood type B and I’m a guy. . . xD
    Does that mean my life is messed up? XDD
    I can’t see myself in the characeristics of the stereotype Blood Type B anyways, like I’m totally the opposite.

    2 years ago
  26. I’m type B+ but I soooo don’t fit the description.

    2 years ago
  27. Does positive or negative have any bearing? I’m O+!

    2 years ago
    • I’m O+ too! ^^ But according to the blood type personality types, I think I should really be an A. Top-notch over-analyzer, right here.

      2 years ago
    • Really I meant in terms of Korean society, but it’s always nice to learn something new! :)
      I’m surprised Koreans don’t factor in the -/+ deal.

      2 years ago
    • From what I’ve read on blogs about this topic no it doesn’t play into it at all. The +/- comes from the Rhesus(Rh) blood group system which is just a series of antigens. One of things it decides is what blood you can receive if you required a blood transfusion. AB+ is the universal receiver, o- is the universal donor.( I’m A-)

      2 years ago
  28. I really identify a little with all of these. I’m A positive, and I do make slower decisions, but only when they are super big decisions that costs lots of money.
    Other than that, I really identify with O mostly, and a little with AB.

    I wonder. Does being positive or negative have any influence on this. Such as A positive, or O negitive? =]

    2 years ago
  29. DEA

    In Romania, before being able to get married, you have to get a medical certificate, and one of the mandatory check-ups is blood type. I guess that is not the same in Canada

    2 years ago
    • Actually, blood tests used to be required in Canada to get a marriage license but that stopped sometime in the 1980s I think? Other people here have said that it was to protect against “blue baby syndrome” (my husband was a blue baby but he survived – lucky for him because they didn’t have a treatment for it back in the 70s but his mom couldn’t have any more babies for this reason) but the MAIN reason was actually to protect against (accidental?) inbreeding/incest. I mean, if you have to get a bloodtest, there has to be a reason to fail and not be permitted to get married, right? The reason was inbreeding. I don’t think that it was so much a “oh noes! we must keep our genetics strong!” kind of thing, more that so many kids were displaced and moved around during the 2 world wars that you might lose track of, or never know, of siblings/cousins/parents/children you had out there and since genetic sexual attraction (look it up, it’s a thing) is really difficult to resist, well, it was more likely than you think back in the day. People felt more reassured than intimidated by the testing I think.

      2 years ago
    • Whoa! No, not at all. That’s so interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

      2 years ago
      • I guess it’s done because parents should know their Rhesus – it could be dangereous if Rhesus of a baby conflicts with its’ mom’s Rh.
        I dunno if it’s mandatory in my country tho (med. certificate, I mean)

        2 years ago
        • In the U.S. they check the mother’s blood type when pregnant (If they don’t already know it) and the baby when it’s born. If the mom is Rh negative they usually get the medicine they need once when they are pregnant, and then when the baby is born, if the baby has a Rh positive blood type, they get another dose.

          2 years ago
      • in america the blood test thing used to be mandatory as well. there is a building in my home town that still has “marriage blood tests done here” painted on the wall. the tests were to check for blood type compatability and Rh factor compatability because these incompatability can cause complications with pregnancy. today though these tests arent required b/c these issues can be addressed medically.

        2 years ago
        • What is interesting, Colorado (a U.S state for those of you who don’t know) is actually making it mandatory again, it’s basically a test for AIDS. Another thing that they require for that is that if it is your first time getting married you have to take a mandatory marriage counseling class. (this also applies if you are on your third marriage)

          2 years ago
  30. Oh yay High-five for blood type O!!

    2 years ago
  31. I find it hilarious that like you guys, I find it weird that the description seems to fit me so well – or, maybe not necessarily my perception of me, but that which I’ve heard comments about from other people. That being said – I’m type A and I’m a GIANT hermit. I’m doing my MA so I must be a pretty decent student, and my friends often tell me I’m too nice and passive. Oh, and I’m TERRIBLE at making decisions… so yeah? As for whether that means I only seem to have good qualities… I’m not so sure. While I can’t speak about their blood types, just about everybody I know that doesn’t like to upset people and over-analyze things tend to have a lot of anxiety and a super self-critical. I guess what I’m trying to get at is maybe even though it seems like they’re traits aren’t negative from an outward perspective, they can be negative when viewed inwardly? I dunno… that’s probably bull but yeah.

    2 years ago
  32. I don’t know my bloodtype, but judging from the descriptions, it seems I’m type A lol

    2 years ago
    • Haha, I identify with A also – I’m so slow to do things, I’m nervous about trying new things, arg.. It fits me really well…

      But I’m blood type B! *_*;

      2 years ago
  33. I don’t know my blood type.. and I can’t really put my finger on what I am tbh.. o,o

    2 years ago
  34. I was always curios ever since B1A4 came out lol

    2 years ago
  35. I’m O+ but my personality is definitely like A. I am the least extroverted person.

    2 years ago
  36. DEA

    I totally agree with you Simon. Possibly because I’m blood type AB too :))

    2 years ago
  37. Great question. Soo Zee told us some interesting stuff about her dermatologist and how her friends go to dermatologists. Hmm. Sounds like a good topic :D

    2 years ago
    • Yes! I agree with this topic! Cause Ive read few things about plastic surgery/dermatologist in korea where they put different charges for foreigners. I remember that Ive read somewhere, i dont remember whats the website is, but basically it says that when you go to do a plastic surgery in korea, you have to pay more expensive rather than locals and then, its not the famous doctor who’ll do the plastic surgery for u, it’ll be someone else. i was really freaked out when i read those! i would sue the doctor if thats happened to me tho. Anyway, does that apply to dermatologist as well? Its kinda … i dont know whats the right word to put in, but, do koreans generally have good skin or its just that their dermatologist are really good? or maybe their lifestyle-like what they eat and blabla. haha, im writing an essay now!

      2 years ago
    • Super agree – there’s a couple of guys in certain groups for example, Kai from EXO and Maru from C-Clown that people point out as being dark-skinned and often make fun of them.

      Kai’s even said that he’ll try to become paler (which broke my heart as someone who is naturally dark-skinned Mexican)
      Maru’s said that his dark skin is beautiful tho and he intends to stay dark because he is super handsome so why should he change? (go, go maru!) But there was comment from one of his own band members that when they first met him, they felt like maybe they couldn’t trust him or they were apprehensive around him just for being dark-skinned.

      So what’s up with this point of view?
      We all know the old way of thinking that to be light-skinned meant one was rich and could afford to stay out of the sun but dark-skinned people had to work under the sun and tan, so they were poor but why does this white-skin-is-beautiful idea still persist?

      2 years ago
      • Korea went from a third world country to a first world country about thirty years ago so traditional views are still very relevant. No one goes through the thought process of ‘oh their white skin makes them look like they have the luxury to stay inside,’ but that is (one of the) the subconscious reason.

        2 years ago
        • yeah, i mean, i know /most/ people don’t consciously think that sort of thing but they do insist that white skin is more beautiful or attractive than dark skin.
          This leads many to see themselves as ugly or unattractive to others, leads to low self esteem.

          Like I said there was even comment that people feel apprehensive around dark skinned people who /are/ Korean. Do they feel similarly around dark-skinned people who are of a different race/nationality?
          Would Koreans trust a white person more than they would a Mexican? A black person?

          This sort of thing makes me really sad that they aren’t even comfortable in their own skin (and I’m just talking about skin-color, aside from all the dieting and plastic surgery)

          All skin-colors are beautiful~

          2 years ago
        • Hahah self-esteem is definitely an issue in Korea especially for youths, but they handle it differently. If you have a problem with your appearance you fix it rather than accept it. Not saying that that is right or healthy, but it’s different than how westerners see the issue.
          As harsh as it is, Koreans do feel a bit more uncomfortable around those with darker skin. Most of the country is made up of the same ethnicity and when Koreans were exposed to foreigners they were usually white American troops. But this is changing thanks to the web and globalization.

          2 years ago
    • I would love to see a TL;DR. I noticed that in dramas EVERYONE seems to be obsessed with facials. Even the men and “tomboy” girls will still put on those disposable face masks. I always wondered if it was product placement or pretty everyone and their Dad are super conscious about how their skin looks.

      2 years ago
      • On the same note, what are the most popular Korean facial products/brands? I recently just purchased what I’m guessing are department store quality Korean skin care products while I was in Japan (Korea town). However, I’m curious what are the most common/trusted brands for Koreans. I’m told Koreans (men & women) wear on average 10-20 products on their face every day. Also, any mention of natural skin/hair care products would be appreciated. For instance, so and so’s great grandmother swears by washing your face with coconut oil, or ___ is a popular organic product. Thanks!

        2 years ago
  38. Hahaha love the wordbank/walrus reference Simon!

    2 years ago
  39. Nev

    so how do you all know your blood type? :/

    2 years ago
    • I used to donate blood at lot. After the first time I did it, they sent me out a card that listed my blood type. One of those save in your wallet in case you’re in an accident or something kinda deal.

      2 years ago
    • From getting tested at the hospital :D

      2 years ago
    • when you have a blood exam/test/(whatever you call it) you can ask for it. That’s what I did anyway. Now I have a card saying my blood type.

      2 years ago
      • Nev

        ahhh :( you cant do that here, even if you are a blood donor, they do not tell you your blood type, and it isnt held on your medical records either. unless you are a haemophiliac. :( Maybe Ill read the descriptions an tell people Im the one I think is the best ^_^

        2 years ago
        • but why not? Do they have something against it? Besides it’s a useful thing to know, in terms of donation and stuff.

          2 years ago
  40. heeehhehehehehhehe

    2 years ago
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