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Ok, so hopefully we won’t get any comments about us overgeneralizing, or painting Koreans in a bad light, or painting Westerners in a bad light, or us doing something that gets some hypersensitive person butthurt. This was a difficult question for us to answer, and we tried to do so with trepidation.

If you’re new to this segment of ours, every Thursday we answer the top rated question from our Google Moderator page. Last week we were asked about our funniest stories in South Korea. This week Pinkpancakes18 asked the top-rated question which was “What are some of the weirdest things your students think about america/canada?”

Now, this wasn’t an easy question to answer. We wish there was something like “oh they think all Canadians/Americans like chicken and watermelon” or something clearly inaccurately stereotyping. But it wasn’t that straightforward. There were just some cultural differences that lead to some misperceptions. Again, allow us to say that not all of our students think this way. The three points that we go over are just the common reactions we got from our students. And so, on with our list!

1) North Americans have lots of guns:
This is an easy one for us to dispel. Martina’s never even seen a gun before in her life. Simon, for all his gangstaisms, has only seen one before, but never actually held one. In fact, it was his father’s hunting rifle. Anyhow, we don’t know anyone else who has guns, either. We see guns all the time on TV, though, and in video games, but never in real life, and we think this is the case for a lot of people. Moving on…

2) North Americans are rich:
This is an easy for one as well. We sure ain’t rich! We’re not poor, either, but we’re not wealthy. We would get this reaction from our students whenever we showed them pictures of our homes back in Canada, which are by no means large. Martina’s parents live in a nice bungalow, but it’s…just a nice bungalow. You’d probably drive by it and be like “oh, that’s a nice bungalow.” The reactions we’d get from students, though, would be far more extreme. Like “WOW TEACHER YOU ARE SO RICH!” and lots of oohs and aahhs. We’re assuming their reactions are so strong not because Korean people love bungalows, but just because houses aren’t really common in the Seoul and surrounding area. People mostly live in apartments and officetels. We haven’t seen anyone with a house in Bucheon or in Seoul. Korea doesn’t really have a lot of land mass, and since the population density is so high here, there isn’t a lot of room to build houses everywhere, while in Canada there’s oodles and oodles of land, and a smaller population than South Korea.

3) North Americans are…floozier?
This one’s a bit more difficult to explain. Students have asked us if we kiss or hold hands on a first date, and, well, yeah, we sometimes do. And that’s amazing to our students. Then they watch stuff like Gossip Girl and think that we’re skanks. Oh boy.

Anyhow, what’s interesting about this is the difference in propriety. Hugging between sexes isn’t common in Korean culture, while we – as Canadians – don’t really have much wrong with hugging someone goodbye. But that’s a big deal here! On the other hand, Korean people of the same gender can hold hands when they walk together and it not mean anything, while to us, it would mean that they’re dating. Hmmm.

So that’s it for this week. Woohoo! We almost answered the Love Story question that keeps on making it almost to the top of the question list. We’re glad that we didn’t answer it yet. Three Thursdays from now, though, will be our 4 Year Wedding Anniversary, so maybe then it’ll be appropriate? :D On a side note, this was the first video we ever shot in our new apartment! Yay! What you saw is a bit of our kitchen, which is what we did for our last TL;DR, so we thought we’d keep it kinda consistent :D

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  1. Alabama woman here…Haha I’ve never owned a gun, my level of innocence is the object of many jokes among my friends & family, and I currently live with family though I have lived off on my own before just going through a rougher spell. I also watch Korean dramas too and I think those hug scenes are adorable.

    • Admittedly, I am a bit of an oddball in my family. Though, only my uncle is well-to-do but a good portion of my relatives do own guns. Also a good deal of them live in Texas. lol

  2. I was talking to a Japanese guy on Skype and he was under the impression that all American girls sleep with a guy before they date them. ….. When I told him this wasn’t true he was really shocked and I think he thought I was lying lol.

  3. Wow. I’m like browsing through all your TLDR vids and this vids is so funny and so informative. You guys really know how to make it clean cut and not stereotypes ;) *thumbs up*

    I do not know about other United States’s states, but in North Carolina (near Washintong D.C.), we do not even see guns, not even kidding, very boring or the old people call it peaceful place here, so if you lucky to see a real gun then wow, big shocker. We do however see a lot of pepper spray lol So, watch out guys ;) Dont mess with the woman/ladies/girls now :P

    I’m a Thai-Viet-Chinese-Cambodia girl and can says stereotypes is so funny to me since I’m always laughing when they ask me if I can says something in Mandarin (Chinese) or start to speak Thai with me and I would put this face on like wth are you saying. *I only speak English and Vietnamese and a bit of Mandarin btw*

    Side Notes: For all Foreigners, please understand that when we speak and it may sound like fighting or fast but most of the time it’s really not it. So don’t think we are always fighting. Lots of people ask me that and I would goes um… no..? And not all Asian are smart >_<

  4. lol a lot of people in Washington and Oregon own guns because there’s forests to hunt in! :D 

  5. I do think that’s true; when you see complaints about an idol being too sexy or something, a lot of times, America gets pulled into it, about the idols becoming “too American”.

    The truth is that…people in France (or just Paris, from my experience), are like this a lot more…in the subways, on the streets, in restaurants, stores, whatever–couples just make-out. Like PASSIONATE I AM EATING YOUR FACE make-out. But people are just like eh, whatever, when they seem these couples, while it makes foreigners somewhat uncomfortable. Like honestly, I have never see so much public make-out sessions EVER.

  6. XDD lol you used the music from You’re beautiful XDDD But I get what they mean.. XD Just like on your other vid. how people think the Korean boys are girl.. It is kinda similar.. sorta XD

  7. I live 45 minutes from El Paso ,TX and I have seen a lot of people with guns…My best friend and I always joked about her father taking his gun to kill the guys she used to date.  We even convinced our best friend Jesus that if her father saw him with us he was going to be a dead man jajajajajaja now he knows we were joking but he almost pee himself when one time we went to pick Noe up from her parents house and her dad was there looking at him with a “who is this punk” face jajajajajjajaja.

  8. Easy on the Texan stereotypes :P But I suppose they do permeate the world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXJ-oAq2XZg

  9. My dad used to actually take out his gun when my sister brought home a new boyfriend and he’d be all, “See this nice bullet,” and he would let the boyfriend hold it and that boyfriend would always look like he was going to pee his pants. haha

  10. hmmm. . your house seems to be cool!!!

  11. I love the little Spudgy character.  So cute keke.  Lol at all North Americans owning guns. Yes, I think that’s only in Texas lol.  I have a high school mate who now lives there. I’ll have to ask him sometime if he now owns a gun lol.  I’d hate to know what they think of us southern people lmao.  Texas can be pretty scary though I do agree haha. 

  12. I’m a Texan and I agree that we almost all own guns haha. It’s ridiculous. I’ve never touched one myself, but my family has one in the living room in case of an emergency. It may be dependent on where you live in Texas, though, because some places aren’t as scary as others.

  13. If all I knew about the US was American TV/Movies*, I’d think everyone was pretty much “SKANKee”! (to use your terminology) FYI- Owner of 2 old shotguns, neither in working order…not exactly “Deliverance-worthy” stuff.
    Tennessee, US

    *Does this mean I shouldn’t judge all of S.Korea by the K-Dramas I watch?

  14.  Well not everybody owns a gun but you got to be careful because maybe the crazy neighbor  does ,as well as my mom …LOL.. And about the houses in Korea  can of a shock at first and more if you are claustrophobic I always used to nag about our house having 2.5 bath  but when  I came back I was so grateful …

  15. I live in Texas…my Dad owns like 6 guns haha. But we are all very friendly!

  16. I know that gun ownership is pretty common in the south eastern United States where I live. People still use them in this part of the country because they can’t afford to eat otherwise. Gun ownership in America started way back in the 17 hundreds when the British kept confiscating peoples firearms. Guess Americans have long memories.

  17. Not all Americans are rich..do Koreans know about trailer parks and The Projects? Take them on a tour of some of those hollars in the West Virginia hills. Then they might think a little different.

  18. umm.. PinkPancakes18 is my bestest friend ever(: just so you know. 

  19. I watch both American TV shows and Kdrama. and to be honest I feel nothing when i watch the love scenes on American TV shows but somehow  with  kdrama a hug can flip me up i get million DOKIS  !! 

  20. did you guys move and get a new apartment if so could you make a video on it?

  21. These are too short T-T I want more fancy answers to silly questions >:( 

    The only gun I’ve seen in my immediate family is a super old rifle owned by like my great or even greater grandfather so I would never try using that…

    I do see a lot of guns in my state though because I’m from Minnesota and I think hunting and outdoorsy things are big here. I was once on a drive that took two hours round-trip and I counted almost 500 deer not including the dead ones on the road… yeah, I stared out the window that long… my neck got sore. I live in the Twin Cities and so far I’ve seen foxes, raccoons, skunks, possums, otters, turkeys, groundhogs, there’s a family of bald eagles down the street, and I’ve seen multiple coyotes, one of which was standing about 15 feet away staring at me…  These have all been eerily close to me like “turn the car around I think I saw a snapping turtle in the road!” or “holy crap the skunk’s coming this way start the car!!” But I consider myself lucky because my friend from northern Minnesota wakes up to bears on her deck watching her make coffee… I’ve yet to see a wild moose though. They are very elusive…

  22. One question!
    “Huzzah”  <- what's this?

  23. I (unfortunately) live in Texas. I’d say maybe half of Texans own guns. Most people in the country own guns and I’d say probabaly most of the people in Ft. Worth own guns. I’d watch out for the stereotypical Texans. The ones with ridiculous tight pants and huge belt buckles and cowboy hats. 

  24. Wisconsin has a lot of guns too, especially up north.  We have lots of yummy wildlife :) 
    I love how clean Korean Dramas are..it means i can watch them while my 3 yo is around.

  25. my question is…how many of your students or of the Korean people you know have actually seen a k pop star in the flesh……what i mean is what is the possibility or actually seeing a k pop star if you live in Korea?

    • On my way to Bangkok via Seoul, Super Junior was on the same flight with me. Unfortunately I had no idea who they were even though I could tell they were famous from a mile away with their ridiculous disguises. No body on the plane seemed to care that they were there though. Only one Korean girl did a double take but that was it. 

      • omg i wish i was you!!!! i love super junior! i wouldnt have screamed but i would have texted everyone pics and put it on facebook and been like the happiest girl in the world omg lol

      • O________O Ohgosh. I feel some jealousy. O_O

      • If I had known who they were I probably would have bothered them, but probably not. 
        Before that trip, I was joking with my friends about how I was going to run into a boy band at the airport, even though I was only there for 1 hour. Little did I know, I was right.
        If you want to see a boy band, hang out at the Airports. lol

        • LOL, yeah from the fancams on YouTube it seems both girls’ and boys’ bands have fans waiting at the airports, when departing and arriving! It’s probably flattering when you first debut, but I’m sure it gets a bit tiresome after the first couple of years. By the way, any idea which flight Wonder Girls will be on? :P

    • On my way to Bangkok via Seoul, Super Junior was on the same flight with me. Unfortunately I had no idea who they were even though I could tell they were famous from a mile away with their ridiculous disguises. No body on the plane seemed to care that they were there though. Only one Korean girl did a double take but that was it. 

  26. Ha ha! Awesome! I live in South Africa, but in a small town. Anyway, my friend’s Grandma was sitting at home when an armed burglar broke in and tried to beat her up and rob her. She had him disarmed and restrained (and unconscious) on the floor in seconds. He didn’t know she used to be a karate champion… 

    :D

  27. We don’t know how to post bloopers on our blooper page for this video, because this video is on our bloopers page.  Do we need a blooper blooper page?  Idunno…

  28. Okay, looks like I fall into the sterotype of a Texan, I do own guns (not saying how many). I do own boots, and and a cowboy hat. Also someone has oil rigs and horses in my family. HOWEVER, my music choice is a little TOP & GD!!! Did I mention I am a female, so yes I am sorta the sterotype Texan.

  29. I’ve lived all over the US and there are def more guns in the South. 

  30. ……. I live in Texas… and my family owns no guns. ZERO. Nada. Zilch. But I will admit: A LOT of Texans own guns, and they’re usually the people who should not be owning them. BUT I thought I should represent the small sliver of Texans who are gunless. :P 

  31. I lived in the South (Kentucky/Tennessee) for about 5 years, and all I can say is….pretty much everyone I know has at least one gun :) my dad has about 5, and i even know a few people who make their own rifles, they even give high school students extra days off during the fall (i.e. when hunting season starts) because they know kids will skip school to go hunting anyway. So maybe that stereotype is true for Southerners :) 
    -and yes I have shot a few guns before :) even though I now live in Utah, where guns are once again, an uncommon sight (at least in SLC/Provo)

  32. Thanks!  We found the decals on Gmarket.  They’ve got loooooads, and it’s really difficult to pick one out from the thousands they have.

  33. it’s too bad 미녀들의 수다 doesn’t come on anymore especially with kbs subbing a lot more shows now.

  34. it’s too bad 미녀들의 수다 doesn’t come on anymore especially with kbs subbing a lot more shows now.

  35. ps.LOVE the spudgy animation!! BWAHAHahahaHA

  36. Do your Korean students realize that Canada and the US are different places?? I’ve had friends in Australia (very intelligent friends) who didn’t realize that there are two separate countries in the same CONTINENT of North America. They thought that “America” was one huge country. Too cute.

  37. Do your Korean students realize that Canada and the US are different places?? I’ve had friends in Australia (very intelligent friends) who didn’t realize that there are two separate countries in the same CONTINENT of North America. They thought that “America” was one huge country. Too cute.

  38. Do your Korean students realize that Canada and the US are different places?? I’ve had friends in Australia (very intelligent friends) who didn’t realize that there are two separate countries in the same CONTINENT of North America. They thought that “America” was one huge country. Too cute.

  39. I REALLY LIKE THE BACKGROUND PLEASE DO A HOUSE TOURRR~~~

  40. I couldn’t help but laugh at the gun part.  I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I can say that Oklahoma, Texas, and most of the South is pretty gun crazy.  I’m a Civil War reenactor, so my interest lies in historic firearms.  The guns I own are all reproductions.  An 1853 58 caliber smoothbore Enfield Carbine, an 1851 36 caliber Army Colt revolver, and a single shot percussion 45 caliber horse pistol.  I do not have much interest in modern firearms.  But the majority of people I know and talk to from this part of the country, are gun crazy and “right dang proud of it.”  In their defense, if you have spent any time on a farm in rural OK, you understand the need for a gun.  My friends have spotted several Mountain Lions on their farm over the years and have lost several of their animals to those and to the wild dogs out there.  A lot of us our country folk and have to know how to use a gun for those situations.  That all said, I find that stereotype rather funny, as it fits this part of the country perfectly.  

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