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What Stereotypes Do Koreans Have on Foreigners?

June 27, 2013

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Hay guise!

For starters, let’s just start off by expressing our hesitation to do topics that don’t paint Korea in the greatest light. This is why we spend far too long in our videos giving multiple disclaimers, rather than just freely talking about what’s on our mind. Yes, we know that a lot of you Nasties here on the blog are really cool people who really understand us and what we’re saying, and won’t think that we’re vile scumbags for making this video, and so you’re not as likely going to get offended. But there are also new viewers of our videos, viewers who won’t know the kind of people we are, and who will possibly take things out of context. Videos on sensitive topics like this have more shareability than, say, videos about how we lost weight, you know? It’s these new viewers need disclaimers, not you guise. Correction: new viewers and Tumblr, even though we know that there are some corners of Tumblr that can’t be salvaged, regardless of whether we put in 1 disclaimer or 100. We’re overflowing with white privilege so we need to get social justice policed. Got it. Let the reblogging begin!

Now that our disclaimer on disclaimers is out of the way, let’s just say how uncomfortable we were with this topic, frankly because we’re worried that people might fear coming to Korea because they think everyone will perceive them in one of the ways we discussed in the video, which is totally unfair to say. No matter what country you go to, there will always be racism and stereotypes. Every country has its own cocktail of beliefs. No one is safe from being misperceived.

That shouldn’t be a deterrent from you visiting other countries, though. Just like how it’s not fair to say that everyone acts a specific way, it’s also not fair to think that everyone in a country thinks that everyone from another country act a specific way. We’ve met loads of really cool people who don’t share these beliefs, loads of cool people who we’ve made lasting friendships with, and it’d be a shame if fear of the bigotry of a few soured the chance for you to experience the awesomeness of the many, you know?

Some of the stereotypes we discussed in this video we didn’t actually hear about until we started researching the topic and asking our friends, so it’s not even like these stereotypes are universal. What one friend suggests another has never heard of. The ones that affect us, though, we could talk about more comfortably, like the Russian Saram solicitation and the perception of being unqualified teachers and sexual deviants. I remember back when we were still teaching and making videos, we’d read comments about us on Korean sites about being unqualified to teach, and “losers” that couldn’t find jobs in Canada. The idea of foreign teachers being “losers” is one that we read a lot, not only about ourselves but also about a lot of other teachers. That seems to be a common phrase when describing foreign teachers. We’d respond like “Unqualified to teach? Losers? I got my Bachelors of Education! I’m qualified to teach!” I didn’t really know how to respond to being a loser, though. What can you say to that? “I’m not a loser! You are! BOOYA!” And then high-five myself and leave. That taught em. That taught em real good…

Also, there were a few stereotypes that we couldn’t really discuss to any greater depth apart from just basically listing them, like the perceptions of people from Malaysia, the Philippines, and China. These are stereotypes that we haven’t actually experienced, nor do we have friends here who experienced them. We were just told about them. If anyone wants to add to these – in a civil way, of course – please do. As for what our black friends have experienced, we can only relay that to you from what they’ve told us, and what we mentioned in this video was corroborated by a few different people we know.

Side note: I just remembered this old video we did, which is relevant: Russian Saram?

I’m sure that there are a lot more stereotypes that we didn’t mention. Don’t even get us started on perceptions of Japan and Japanese people. Whoa. Now there’s a sensitive topic that demands the utmost caution in wording. I’m sure some people are going to ask about prostitution in Korea now after Se7en got caught at a Rub&Tug: another topic that’ll be difficult to handle without offending people. Anyhoodledoodlepoodle, if you don’t mind, we’re gonna get our shotguns and put our backs against the wall for the next few days. Soo Zee will get back to translating the angry Korean comments we’ll get on other sites. Spudgy will guard the door. Teeeeeeaaaaammmmm BREAK!

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  1. Based on what a Taiwanese friend told me back in the day, I think a lot of the negative stereotypes towards blacks in Asia originated because most of the black people there were slaves in the British Colonial era. I think this is part of where the whole obsession with pale faces (for the ladies) comes from because no one wanted to be mistaken for a slave, or slave’s progeny.

    Following on this topic, it would be interesting to know what kind of stereotypes Koreans have about themselves, like the whole having a “v” chin being cute and a high bridge on your nose means you’re independent, those kind of things.

    3 years ago
    • Another reason for the obsession to the pale face thing would be that having a pale complexion shows that you were well-off and didn’t need to work out in the field.

      3 years ago
  2. I feel as if many of the Asian countries have similar sets of stereotypes about Westerners and each other, haha. Even the elderly in my family who migrated from China and Taiwan still do–you learn to laugh it off (sort of). I was on a trip in China and being young, approaching-marrying-age Chinese-American women, my sister and I kept getting unsolicited advice from elderly, racist Chinese people. They told us not to date Japanese people (both of us were dating Japanese guys), probably because of former World War issues. They told us not to date Korean people (something about being shallow and terrible husbands). And then went on to discuss how New Yorkers (we are from New York), Chicagoans (sister went to college there!), and Americans in general were terrible. According to them, by far, Chinese people were the only appropriate race to date (and I definitely didn’t want to get them started on any race with a dark skin tone!).

    Asian (women) in America, you mostly deal with being objectified by men as exotic and obedient, and thus uber desirable. You also get comments like, “Damn, your ass is big for an Asian!” and “Ni hao ma” as common pick-up lines >_>. I imagine for a Caucasian woman with blonde hair and blue eyes in Asia, it’s similar?

    3 years ago
    • Yeah among Chinese people, Korean and Japanese husbands have a reputation for beating the shits out of their wives.
      Marriage desirability in the minds of old Chinese people:
      Chinese > Chinese mix >>> Whites >>>>> Koreans and Japanese >>>>>>>> Southeast Asians >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Black people and Indians

      Other races don’t exist in their minds.

      3 years ago
    • Sounds like my experience with the Pakistani aunty crowd. They actually managed to admit there was nothing great about Pakistanis either (they’d just dismissed every other country in the world as “to avoid”) which was an IRL Goodness Gracious Me moment.

      3 years ago
    • definitely experienced that, I am living in Peru, South America, and seemingly for my parents, chinese is the only appropiate race to marry, even though you don’t exactly see good examples of chinese good husbands.
      In Peru, here they tend to say those kind of phrases like what you said: “Damn, your ass is big for an Asian!”, and that is unasked for.

      3 years ago
      • seriously? I’m from Peru and I’ve never heard that. Then again, I don’t have many friends of Asian descent :P Where exactly do you live?

        3 years ago
        • Living in Lima, a chinese brought up in Lima, and many times I go out to the streets,this type of harrassment comes along too. Like they also point out at you, and yell out, ” china cochina” and other rude comments…. obviously not everyone is like that, but sadly, it is very frequent.

          3 years ago
    • I’m not even have a fair skin as East Asians. But not only once or twice people greet me with: Ni hao ma. May be my only mistake that I always pull high bun as my hairdo. So they thought I was Chinese (another stereotype regarding hairdo?)

      3 years ago
    • LOL I also live in New York and get comments like “Ni Hao Ma” and stuff.
      I find the stereotypes funny. I find it funnier that there are stereotypes within the Chinese community depending on what dialect of Chinese you speak.

      3 years ago
  3. Ouch…I”m Chinese-American… dam…

    Everyone has their stereotypes. My mom knows about my liking to Korean culture (specifically to the Male Kpop idols), and she told me that I wouldn’t get a Korean guy because they demand too much for a girl.<— Like you guys, not all Chinese people are like this.

    I wonder how some of the foreign idols feel during their trainee process with all these stereotypes floating around.

    3 years ago
    • Ouch… a dog eat dog world. I thought about being a trainee, but observing how there was a huge increase of idol groups since 2008-2009, I literally was like “Nope… realistically speaking, I may not get in… dam…”

      3 years ago
  4. OMG I’m so proud of you guys for facing difficult topics like this. It’s important for there to be some kind of discussion about prejudices in any and every culture. I think, with the extent to which Korean people are proud of their culture (as they have every right to be), it’s much easier to glaze over stereotypes that some people believe and just let the jjang koreanness wash over you.

    A note about Japan (agh people please don’t kill me), the Japanese exchange students that I’ve met have mentioned that their interest in Korean pop culture hasn’t been deterred by their political opinions (usually concerning the Dokdo/Takeshima
    conflict). One of my firens has said that she thinks that though Takeshima is Japanese and has conservative views on the Japanese occupation of Korea during WW 2, she still supports loves and supports kpop groups and wants to go back to Korea. Have you noticed similar views of Japan (a separation of politics/history and pop culture) from the Korean people you’ve met?

    I’m actually excited to see which of these stereotypes affect me while I’m in Seoul this summer! Haha is that bad?

    3 years ago
    • Nic

      I have noticed that sometimes too. For example we have a Japanese friend who loves Kpop and has many Korean friends but then also believes that Korea, China (and other countries too) made up a bunch of lies about Word War 2 and Japanese occupation and all that, and that Japan was in the right. She couldn’t understand how offensive it was to say that directly to Korean people and how it might affect her friendships with them.

      3 years ago
  5. smh. Filipinos..uneducated? *holdinganger*

    3 years ago
  6. Oh no I have blue eyes and blond hair… I’m Finnish though. XD I’m going to Japan for a year and I got my little Finnish flag I’ll attach on my bag. Btw I also had to take HIV test for my exchange student application for Japan…
    About those Japanese Korean issues… Yeah that is some. Funny thing is that many Japanese women/teens like Korean men right now, as they are popular through k-pop and dramas but others… not really. One example I’ve noticed, there’s this avatar game site called Pigg. There’s “rooms” you can go with your avatar and one of them are so called “channel” rooms. You can play music videos there and be like a dj. Well there’s different rooms for genres and one of them is for k-pop. For every other channel I’ve seen, they’ve played the right genre music but the things I’ve seen played in k-pop rooms (by trolls of course) have been from North Korea’s anthem to j-pop to even a video of a woman in bikini washing a tub. I’m pretty sure they are grown people there trolling in such a childish way. And yes it is very annoying when you try to enjoy music from 4 different djs and at least one of them is a troll EVERYTIME. Both countries should really solve their arguments because as a person who likes them both, it saddens me a lot.

    3 years ago
  7. Errr guise? What about Europeans? Why all always forget about Europeans? XD

    3 years ago
    • wut

      im korean and people like british culture mostly music some are intersted in even celtic folks.
      girls go crazy over french fashion. boys go crazy over german cars.
      nordic countries very well respected as well due to their attitude, rationality , welfare etc.
      netherlands are well liked as well mostly because of gus hiddink.
      slavic girls are considered very beautiful.

      3 years ago
    • Americans are very interested in British things too… We just find them very fascinating :3

      3 years ago
    • Maybe they think that Europe is like Narnia or Middle Earth LOL
      I’m curious about their perception of italians and Italy. Please not only pasta, mafia and mandolino. And Berlusconi. >___<

      3 years ago
  8. I’m a Filipina too and its sad how sometimes we deal with this stereotypes of being “uneducated”, “domestic helpers” and for being “gold diggers” by marrying foreigners. :( I hope someday this will change.

    3 years ago
  9. OVO

    The Russian saram is so recognizable. I’m not even blond, nor do I have blue eyes, but my friend did so apparently that makes me Russian saram by proxy. Anyway, interesting TL;DR! I really enjoyed this topic even with all the (regretfully necessary) disclaimers. Thanks for not shying away from these kind of things completely even though you get so much backlash.

    3 years ago
  10. Haha best of luck guys with your upgraded security :) oh here’s an idea. When someone wants to attack you etc. hold meemers up to their faces, get him to pull a “Puss in boots from Shrek”… they’ll be like awwww and then run for your life!

    3 years ago
  11. I’m tempted to tell my boyfriend Minsu about this “white horse” thing and see what he says… x3 He’s Korean American so I have no idea if he’d know. But way to get a good laugh out of me, guys! xDD Dear lordy.
    I’m assuming I’m the white horse… but I’m really short, so I guess I’d be considered a white pony. ;D Ponies are cooler.

    3 years ago
    • Ahahahaha- I’m gonna have to ask my bf too if he knows about it! I’ll def be a white pony with you… I’m like more than a head shorter than him… >.<

      3 years ago
    • It’s the “ponies are cooler” that really killed me here XD

      3 years ago
  12. This is really, super duper interesting and I love it.

    3 years ago
  13. Wonderful TLDR as usually. Just wanted to say that I really miss when you used to draw figures and different stuff and have them come on the screen when you were talking. You talking about the ajumma shhing you and talking loud reminding me of your old TLDRs and made me miss them. I know you are really busy and probably just don’t have the time to do it anymore. But if you did bring it back I would be really happy. :)

    3 years ago
  14. This was a really good TL;DR, I am glad that you are not (too) afraid to explore controversial subject, because really, there probably isn’t too many other places to get the information. I think that due to the zeniphobic nature of some governments, a lot of people in Asia just don’t have exposure to other parts of the world so that they freely imagine weird things when they encounter something different, rather than that they are trying to be insensitive. We are lucky here in Canada that we get to meet people from all kinds of different backgrounds so that we don’t end up with weird ideas due to lack of information, we can just ask :).

    3 years ago
  15. The only Filipinas I’ve ever known were so filthy rich, they were marrying Hong Kong Chinese chaebol heirs (dunno what those sorts of families are called in HK). If anyone else I’ve known has been from the Philippines, they never told me and I didn’t think to ask, probably because it didn’t matter at all.
    Oh wait, there was that girl from high school. She got a Range Rover for her 16th birthday. Yeah, I don’t know any uneducated domestic worker Filipinos…

    3 years ago
  16. My husband is Korean and moved to America 10 years ago. We have a beautiful little girl, but I am kinda of nervous cause we are visiting his family in Seoul next year… I wonder how they are foing to treat us…

    3 years ago
    • We almost have the same first name! I’ve never seen anyone with my name haha
      Good luck~!

      3 years ago
  17. Thanks for such great vid! As far as chinese people are concerned I was in China for a bit and well.. they tend (not all chinese ofcourse) to forget about washing their teeth… (that’s also among my chinese teachers at university) but they are cool peeople still!

    PS. Lots of love from Poland! (I am eating ptasie mleczko right now… I know I’m bad person…)

    3 years ago
  18. Hey… So I’m not much a traveling type of girl.. I would like to go to a country and live there a while. but i was warned not to move to Korea even though i have been interested in it for a few years now… But people told me not to go since i’m black (though I swear since i was raised by a white family in Oregon, Simon is probably 10X more gangster and hood then I am) I was told that if i moved there I would make no Korean friends… and i would be forever alone… D:

    3 years ago
    • That’s totally not true. it all depends on your attitude! Like anywhere in the world, be friendly, make an effort to learn a little bit of the language and people will welcome you happily. We know plenty of black, white, Asian, European foreigners that have Korean friends, love living in Korea, and have dated Korean people.

      3 years ago
    • Not all Koreans are racist, a lot are becoming more open minded. Im sure that u would make friends :)

      3 years ago
  19. Mon

    What if I just happen to be Canadian AND American? lool.

    3 years ago
    • Dual citizenship ftw! Gotta love having a choice between 2 passports. ^_^

      3 years ago
  20. This was really insightful! I can’t even get started on American stereotypes and I don’t want to, but I really hope you won’t get too much hate from this…

    3 years ago
  21. Thanks for posting this video guise even though it’s a rather sensitive topic. I think it would be a good idea if every person started to think about the stereotypes they have about other cultures. I am actually an ESL teacher (so I have students from all over the world), and I have on occasion talked about stereotypes with my students. I ask them to be really honest about sharing their stereotypes, and then we talk about them. It is always so awesome to see how their opinions change once they have actually met people from other cultures and ethnicities. Also, I just wish people would stop relying so much on stereotypes to guide their perceptions of people. I just want everyone in the world to be friends *sigh*.

    And Martina, do you love puppies? :D

    3 years ago
  22. yup, happens in other countries of course. I feel bad you two have to disclaimer out the butt, I totally understand some people spaz quick.

    What I find weird, since I’m mixed (filipino/white) Canadian and that I’ve recently moved to the US, when they hear I’m not american, I’ve had many of comments of “Wow, your english is so good!” Durrrr.. yeah, we speak english in Canada, eh?

    3 years ago
  23. Your exactly right, every country on the planet has their own versions of stereotypes and racism and you cannot deny it. I think you have a lot of guts for putting this video out and anyone who gets Butthurt from this video, needs to go get a life :)

    3 years ago
  24. this was interesting. The stereotypes seem so bizarre. But then again I’ve never been to Korea so.. I guess they’d think that the stereotypes people have here are bizarre too.
    On another note, when I was in Japan I remember being on a train and explaining about the schooling system here (UK) to the students who were showing me around. I don’t think I noticed how loud I was talking, but I got a lot of nasty looks from the other passengers, now I’m guessing its a similar reason to what you guys were talking about :P

    3 years ago
  25. Any stereotypes towards Muslims/Christians?
    Please please answer! I would really like to know.

    3 years ago
    • I can’t find subs but does anyone remember this star king skit from a while ago?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9MKwKzPN9E

      They apologized to Muslims after the outrage…

      3 years ago
    • There aren’t really many stereotypes towards Christians except there are some denominations who are known for being very zealous in their proselytizing- beyond that, Christianity is very common here.

      Muslims? I haven’t really heard any of my Korean friends talk about the subject, but I think generally the most common thing is sheer curiosity.

      3 years ago
      • Nope not really! I think that religion is somewhat personal here, but also (this happens frequently with Korean friends) if we discuss religion, I stated mine and frequently they will say a) I have no religion or b) I don’t know.

        I usually will ask “So you mean atheist or agnostic?” (or look up the Korean word) and they go “Yeah, I guess I didn’t really think about it.” It doesn’t really seem to be a big deal one way or another- unless, similar to other countries- you are dealing with someone who has very strongly seeded beliefs. Then they might be a bit shocked. But, in general, nope :)

        3 years ago
        • That’s awesome! I’ve read about how many Korean people can very passionate about their religion. I’m from the USA and my family is largely Christian and very, very passionate about it and, as I’m an atheist/agnostic/ that usually translates to them trying to convert me haha. I figured it might not be the same in Korea but I’ve read SuJu interviews where the other members talk about how Siwon really into his religion and used to try to get them to go to church with him.

          I’ve noticed something similar with Japanese exchange students at my university. They like to ask about American religion because in Japan, people don’t really talk about it and it’s viewed as something more personal as opposed to America where so many topics are religiously charged. And, when we talk about our personal religious views, they say that they either A) don’t care about religion or god, B) decided on their religious views when they were old enough to decide for themselves, or C) their parents are religious but don’t really care what their children decide.

          3 years ago
    • Muslims, yes. Christians, what could they have since it’s a common religion in S. Korea?

      3 years ago
  26. that’s mean…if I’m Russian I will be a prostitute in Korea? xDDD Oh, man….It’s hard to live :D

    3 years ago
  27. I actually knew most of these but riding the white horse huh? kinda funny I think that is a song too….

    3 years ago
  28. I had always wondered about stereotypes. Especially blonde foreigners in Korea since i am one xD But yeah awesome video, very insightful ^^

    3 years ago
  29. Whenever I travel out of the country I tell people that I’m from the US and most of the time they’re always really surprised. When I ask why, they always say its because I’m so quiet and nice….. lol

    3 years ago
    • living out of the country so often, I now cringe when I am asked what country I am from. I am a citizen of the United States of America, and I am not ashamed of myself. I AM ashamed of some past actions taken by the US government that have created so many ill feelings for other countries.

      In South America I learned NEVER to just say I was an American. They often countered with, “So am I but what country are you from.” That statement really made me think about how others view the US. I have great talks with Peruvians about the perceived arrogance of the United States…and it humbled me. I came back from South America with a new outlook, and a new appreciation for the foreigner living and struggling with language issues. It is NOT easy learning and new language and culture, and we need to show compassion rather than frustration and hate.

      But back to the subject…*grin* I often counter the question of “Where are you from?” with “Where do you think I am from?” It starts a conversation rather than accusations.

      Thank you for this TL;DR, I loved it and value the fact that you guise are brave enough to tackle these sorts of topics.

      3 years ago
  30. Good luck you guise! I’m American and I’m seriously considering getting some Canadian patches before I come over to Korea, but I don’t know if my conscience will let me do it. :) Nice video, as always.

    3 years ago
    • You don’t really need that….I’ve gotten the “thumbs up for American” in Korean taxis too so…..

      3 years ago
  31. Filipinos. Uneducated, prostitute. :( more like they are trying to work hard so that their family eat 3 times a day. :) but as Simon and Martina said, not everyone in Korea thinks like that. I hope so.

    3 years ago
  32. I found this video to be really interesting, at some points it was even funny. Thank you so much for doing the video guys! I didn’t really know those type of stereotypes existed in Korea! :D Greetings from Mexico! ;)

    3 years ago
  33. what about hispanic/latina women??

    3 years ago
    • Mmmm… I’m not sure, but here are some videos that are interesting.

      The first one is actually from a variety show from MBC. It’s a small report about Mexican students living in South Korea. Though this doesn’t cover all Latinos and doesn’t really provide examples of stereotypes, I thought it might give some insight.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWk9qTYE7JE

      Also, from the videos I watched, if there are Latinos in Korea or Japan it is mostly men.

      This second one is about a guy from Mexico who visited Japan and interviewed a few Japanese people and their views on Mexico and the Mexican people.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgRewTQtG3o

      I hoped this helped :)

      3 years ago
    • I actually met a couple of Korean guys at a bar in Itaewon who said they were really into “Mexican” girls. So there might be a bit of ignorance about Hispanic/Latina women, but that doesn’t mean there’s not interest ;) Like S & M said, there just aren’t many there yet.

      3 years ago
    • Now I really must go!!

      3 years ago
    • I’m hispanic who lived there for a couple of years and there aren’t really any stereotypes about us. The one thing I got was Koreans always thought I was from the Philippines that or any of the other Asian countries (except for China and Japan).

      3 years ago
      • oh wow lol will probably get the same results since people here in the US used to ask me if I was asian lol

        3 years ago
        • I have been told I look somewhat Asian also, but I think that many Latinos (esp. those of Mexican descent) have some native American ancestry thus, accounting for an Asian appearance.

          3 years ago
        • I’ve been asked if I was Filipino from other Asians before going to Korea, so it didn’t come as a big surprise. I went to the Philippines and there are many people there that look Latino. ^^

          3 years ago
        • but depends of what type of latino? there are dark skinned latino but there are also mixed and white latino

          3 years ago
        • That’s true because Latinos are a very diverse people. That they can look Native, Black, White, Mulato, Asian and Mestizo.

          3 years ago
        • I agree. Except that I’m always asked if I’m hispanic/latino and I don’t have a drop of latino in my blood. I’m mixed, yes, but not with latino…lol!

          3 years ago
        • my filipino friend told me that some of them look latino because lots are mixed with spanish blood cuz of something that took place long ago. I guess makes sense, a lot of them have spanish last names, and features …including my friend xP I thought she was mixed with hispanic when i met her..nope she’s filipino :P

          3 years ago
        • Yup. The older generation had to learn Spanish. And many words in Tagalog come from Spanish.

          3 years ago
        • About us Filipinos First of all, all of us have some kind of Hispanic blood mixed in us because we were a Spanish colony. Second of all a lot of especially those that come from were the old US bases have some american blood in us. Third of all there is also a lot of chines people in the Philippines hence alot of people in Metro manila will be Filipino Chinese. Fourthly if you are a lighter brown colored Filipino like me you will be mistaken for a Thai person in Korea. Fifthly if you are a pale Filipino like my mother you will be mistaken for white unless you have Asian shaped eyes if you do the might think you are either Korean or Chinese like my cousin was. If you are just a plain old brown yes they will think your Filipino and finally if your dark skin like my father they will mistake you for being black. All of this comes from since i just visited Korea with my family for 3 weeks. P.S. To all Thai people Koreans will like you I would cite this because of Nickhun ^-^. As for the whole uneducated thing if you are a Filipino that is walking around with brand name bags and things and you speak perfect English like I do they won’t. All in all Korean people were generally nice and welcoming to my fam especially me since I am around the same skin tone as lee Hyori so a pale brown and have a pretty face according to them ( I have big eyes , double eyelids, naturally wavy hair and a v-line despite being a guy).

          3 years ago
        • There definitely is a mix of races in the Philippines. I have cousins that are half Filipino. My uncle’s ex-wife is Filipino and his current wife is Chinese-Filipino. I was also mistaken for Thai in Korea. ~.~

          3 years ago
        • As far as I can remember, that is because the Philippines were a Spanish colony back when imperialism was all the rage.

          3 years ago
    • Truthfully, there isn’t really a lot of hispanic/latina women in Korea to make a negative/positive impact. Come to Korea and make a positive impact!!! :D

      3 years ago
      • Do you think they’ll end up looking down at tall Latin women? I’m freaking tall for being Hispanic and I don’t want to freak anyone out in South Korea. :’3

        3 years ago
        • I am 5’11”, super tall. Eee! I would love to go one day. > o <

          3 years ago
        • You should come! Just tell everyone you’re a supermodel! ^_^

          3 years ago
        • Hahaha, ok! ^^

          3 years ago
        • I think it would be hard to look down on you, if you’re so tall… xD

          lol sorry couldn’t resist

          I don’t know about Korea, but most of the Asian countries I’ve lived in tend to respect tall people, and aspire to be tall – with long legs etc – especially for guys. For girls, it’s still cool; they might say you look like a model or something – but it’ll be hard to get a boyfriend. Ever seen LoveCom?

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Com

          3 years ago
    • Ditto curious on that.

      3 years ago
    • curious myself :P

      3 years ago
    • That’s true! I’m wondering if the get treated like Obama skin color O.O

      3 years ago
      • not all hispanics are dark skinned. There are white people too you know

        3 years ago
        • OBVIOUSLY! what world do you live in? and they are NOT “white people” they are light skin-colored.

          3 years ago
        • There actually are hispanic white people, my skin is white not light skin-colored. I’m a spanishitalian mixture.

          3 years ago
      • “is this American king?”
        Vampire Idol moment there…

        3 years ago
  34. Alabama’s, like, errr, a city in Canada!

    3 years ago
  35. Are there any particular stereotypes related to Europeans/British people?

    3 years ago
    • wut

      since we have no clue about uk
      being gentleman for men
      but thanks to skins
      the reputation has been chaning.

      3 years ago
    • Maybe not a stereotype, but UK is called “Rock-nation” on internet community thanks to all the cool bands :)

      3 years ago
    • Judging from how I see the British flag all over the place in Korean dramas in the past year… I’m thinking being British maybe is seen as being a touch cool? I have totally gotten the 80s, early 90s music vibe from K-Pop, it’s one of the reasons I really like it, since I was a bit too young to fully enjoy the 80s :p I’m hoping it’s cool since I’m going to be in Seoul later this year with my American husband and would just love to be cooler than him, haha!

      3 years ago
    • @simonandmartina:disqus

      Please answer this! As a Brit, I see quite a lot of sort of Brit 80’s music/culture in Kpop vids, but what is it like in South Korea itself? Is it seen as badly as some Koreans see Americans?

      3 years ago
    • Mm yes, or Irish people. I hear that Koreans learn about Ireland?? I may be completely wrong. Personal experience: korean guy started to give me guff because we don’t all speak irish and our country is divided among other slurs. But yea wiped it off but the curiosity is there to know more.

      3 years ago
      • There’s a K-Drama called Ireland.

        3 years ago
        • Mm I saw the drama online but the blurb made it sound really boring, so didn’t bother watching it. hehe

          3 years ago
        • yes, that’s true, it was really boring. I gave up after a couple of episodes.
          However, the drama shows Korean awareness of Ireland, doesn’t it? :-)

          3 years ago
  36. Yes, stereotypes and racism exists everywhere. The problem with my experience in Korea is that they LEGIT buy into these stereotypes and biased opinions with no second thought at all. Once they know you are black, American, Chinese, gay, etc. they already think they “know you”. I guess its all the conformist mentality in Korea. Korea is fun…but just be warned about trying to fit in and become a respected member of society. haha.

    3 years ago
  37. I’m ok with that and it’s really interesting know how they think about foreign, thanks for this video, I’m like a mixed skin person so I think that will be fun to hear that about my color skin hahahaha nwn/! nice video!

    3 years ago
  38. poor blonde girls :/

    3 years ago
    • I wouldn’t feel too bad for them ;) For every person who thinks they are a prostitute or a sex worker, there are probably ten students or other people who really like their hair or ooh and ahh over it.

      I know when I had blonde hair I got a lot more attention (mostly positive). I now have very dark hair and fly under the radar T__T

      3 years ago
      • I agree, when I was in Japan people hardly ever noticed me since I am five foot and have dark brown hair. Other travelers I met said they experienced sitting on the trains and having others walk over and sit really far away from them when they noticed they were a foreigner, or even if it was crowded the seats on either side of them stayed empty. I NEVER experienced this. People would walk in, sit down next to me, and then glance over and suddenly realize I wasn’t Japanese.
        Also, I never got cool comments about my looks, except some people thought I was from Europe because I didn’t “look” American.

        3 years ago
  39. Stereotypes are everywhere. Even though you may not believe them, you do know them. This shouldn’t be offensive since everyone expresses stereotypes, even unconsiously.

    3 years ago
    • Much agreed. There are a lot of stereotypes in the US that I haven’t even “experienced.” Like African Americans liking watermelon and fried chicken. I have yet to have any black friends who particularly like watermelon. Funny thing is that my sister in law get mad at that stereotype because she Jamaican and therefore it doesn’t apply to her. But it cracks me up because one of her favorite foods is fried chicken. XD

      3 years ago
    • is that P.O. in your avatar?

      3 years ago
    • Shouldn’t be offensive, I know, but people are in the habit of taking offence when no one’s giving offence..

      3 years ago
      • Yeah… I used to be crazy PC just so I wouldn’t offend anyone (I grew up in an all white area so I wasn’t sure how to act when it came to stereotypes.) But for some people if you become really close with someone who is considered a minority and they have a healthy sense of humor you realize stereotypes aren’t a big deal as long as no one gets stupid about it.

        3 years ago
        • I agree, but sometimes stereotypes and racism can lead to bigger problems- like the recent happenings in Texas. I think it can be an important issue when rights and equalities are at stake.. :c

          3 years ago
        • Well said. I cannot stand politically correct people; they take the fun out of making fun of stereotypes. I have experienced smart hints of racism here and there (who hasn’t; even white people do sometimes >_>), but I think it’s more funny than offensive. I make fun of stereotypes because they’re ridiculous to hold onto into this day and age.

          3 years ago
        • Do you think it’s an Australian thing to make fun of stereotypes though? I remember I while back when someone cracked a racist Asian joke at me, and while I was stunned, my Asian friend gently told me, “He means no harm, just call him a stupid white person, and all is well.” :p

          So I’ve learn that in order to cope in Australia, when people insult you, just jokingly insult them back, and you’ll be best mates 4 LYFE!! xD

          3 years ago
        • Unless I’m the only American that does it, I assume that making fun of stereotypes is *not* only an Australian thing :3 Ofc, I have gotten more than my fair share of funny looks when one of my white friends chucks the n word at me, and I call him a cracker XD

          3 years ago
        • ummm… thats not funny. Its one thing to joke about stereotypes and another thing to find it acceptable for someone to call you a racial slur. You must really have some racial identity issues. I really feel sorry for you and whatever low self-esteem you may suffer from. As a person that is mixed with many nationalities and looks black I would never tolerate that kind of treatment even out of jest. You have obviously not experienced discrimination that many minorities face in America(I have). It may seem funny now but if they say it to your face I cant imagine what they have said behind your back. so..yeah ill pass on being referred to at that n from xxx street.

          3 years ago
        • Um… While I completely understand your first statement about racial slurs not being funny, it is also insulting to insinuate that someone (who you don’t know and may never meet) has racial identity issues and suffers from low self esteem. Those kinds of comments are not respectful at all, especially seeing that we are dealing with a sensitive topic and some people deal with those kinds of words in different ways. Whether or not you approve is your business but please, refrain from telling people who you don’t know about aspect of their character.

          And Josh, unless you are going to respond in a respectful manner I would prefer if you ignore those aspect of this person’s comments. What I have seen of your character suggests that you are a pretty easy going person but I know sometimes personal ( and unprovoked) attacks like that are hard to respond to in a non defensive way.

          I don’t use the n word or any other racial slurs. However, I do realise that some people use them ( note the current furor over Paula Deen in the US). I don’t see that as being politically correct but just having manners.

          3 years ago
        • People that tolerate that kind of treatment generally have some of those issues. So yes, it might have been hasty of me to generalize him. However, for me there is no possible situation where it is okay to call someone the n word or any other racial slur.

          3 years ago
        • Very well said yellowjc26. It is one thing to expose the ignorance of stereotypes through witty humor, satire etc but, allowing those around you to engage in course jesting that encourages the stereotypes is not something any person who wants to be treated with respect should engage in or tolerate.

          3 years ago
        • Oh and my bf got me watching Gabriel Iglesias aka “Fluffy” a lot too… he has a way of saying it like it is but making people feel comfortable about it :)

          3 years ago
        • Aw thanks :) I talk about race a lot now with my bf who is half Filipino-half white… it’s kind of hard to avoid since it’s such an important topic in his family (my bf’s 6’4″ white dad and 4’10” Filipino mother tend stick out a lot.) But it’s always been important to me because I find being in an all white neighborhood or town boring… when I went to college I was in heaven, University of Michigan is extremely diverse so I got have friends of every color and with lots of accents thrown in there :) I still remember walking around campus and hearing different languages spoke on campus quite a bit…

          3 years ago
        • :D GO BLUE!

          3 years ago
        • Go Buckeyes! trololololol ;D

          3 years ago
        • Buckeye city right here baaaaaaybeeeee!!

          3 years ago
        • Damn straight. Bleed scarlet and grey 4 lyfe

          3 years ago
        • Variety really is the spice of life ^^ I think if I was in a place that was all black, I’d be terribly bored. Not to say that black culture is bad (it’s really awesome, and I’m totes not biased when I say that ;3), it’s just that I like a lot of of the differences in cultures. It’s a bit hard for me to explain, but I get what you’re saying :D

          3 years ago
        • I get what you’re saying too :) Nothing against white people but I just prefer being around various kinds of people with bigger range of backgrounds ;) Plus I love accents…. not in a fetish kind of way (well maybe a tiny bit) but I just love hearing accents and other languages.

          It’s like music to me… even random accents that Americans don’t hear as much. I used to have a bf that was Persian and my friends did not understand what I loved about his accent… I was excited to hear a voice that I don’t hear often :)

          3 years ago
      • btw this video was very very interesting! Thank you so much, one of my fav. TL:DR

        3 years ago
      • Yeah that’s true, didn’t think about that.

        3 years ago
  40. Hey guys! Thanks for this insight! I was wondering if you knew of any stereotypes or discrimination of South Asians (Indians) in Korea? Thanks!

    3 years ago
    • Ok. So then, how do Koreans refer to people from India?

      3 years ago
    • ZING! Stere-o-typed! Sorry, couldn’t resist….. I’ll go sit over here…….

      ps. It has actually been a really really really long time since I had to specify “East Indian” to someone here in Canada, for the other, most people say “Native” or “Anishnabe” or the actual tribe they are referrring to. w00t! Progress.

      3 years ago
    • In my experience, they didn’t really think bad or good about South Asian people. haha. There are a lot of South Asians doing graduate work at the universities and I wouldn’t say they have it worse or better off than other types of foreigners when it comes to making friends/living. Again, this is just my experience/perceptions.

      3 years ago
      • Thank you! I’m planning to visit SK with my friend in the following year, but I was afraid of what I’d have to face as an Indian there. I know they seem to have some stereotypes about how we dress, etc, as you’ve maybe seen in the 4minute parody or b2st’s version of mystery.

        3 years ago
    • Hi Gyuie!

      Thanks but Indians as in from India, we aren’t talking about Native Indians who are Stereotyped as Pocahontas

      3 years ago
      • I know… what I mean is that ppl in Korea would think of Pocahontas when they hear the word “Indian” bcuz we use different terms when speaking of “a person from India”. We say “Indo-saram”

        3 years ago
      • Hi Pynk, as Gyuie said India is not well known as we don’t have big Indian population in Korea, but we generally think India as very spiritual country, where you’re likely to bump into a wise old monk on a public bus or sth. Oh and people might think you don’t use cutlery when you dine, so has a designated hand for eating & try to keep it clean all the time. Hope you find my comments funny not offensive, if I have written anything inappropriate!!!

        3 years ago
        • hehe that’s awesome! Thanks :)

          3 years ago
    • YES I would like to know as well please!!!

      3 years ago