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Being Tall in Korea

May 9, 2012

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Ok, so this is a fairly short and not all too in-depth TL;DR this week for a couple of reasons. 1) If you watched our Music Monday on B.A.P.’s “Power” you’d remember that Martina lost her voice. It’s still lost. Slowly coming back, but she sounds like a 439 year old witch whose lungs are made of dust. So, I had to do this TL;DR by myself. Also 2) I’m kinda sick. Not voice-losing sick, but coughing up randomly and uncontrollably. So, the less talking the better. Kinda can’t do that when your only job is to talk on camera! Ah! So, like the shorter and easier Music Monday, we’ve got a shorter and easier TL;DR.

But it’s good that I did this one on my own, because it’s a question that’s geared at me specifically, about being a tall guy in Korea, which Martina can’t really answer. Though she did remember a lot of the things that I don’t remember about being tall in Korea, like almost bumping my head on low-hanging signs. Some of these things you get so used to that you just don’t think of anymore!

I definitely can say that I feel like Korea is a smaller country than Canada. Geographically, obviously, since Canada’s the second biggest country in the world, but in terms of real estate and architecture: things in Korea are a lot more crammed, and so – being a big guy – I feel it a lot more than other people would, I think. Or maybe I don’t? Maybe short people feel cramped more than I do? Maybe all of the people ricocheting off my body affect you more than it does me? I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like flipping a car over to try to get some room.

Simon and Super Junior

Simon scares Super Junior

Also, just in case you forgot, this picture is and always will be relevant. Just in case you don’t know where this is from, it’s from long time ago when we did an episode of Star King with Super Junior. Super Junior, and everyone else for that matter, were quite short compared to us. People theorized that the picture was doctored, or that I’m 7 feet, 32 inches tall, or that the lens barrelled and warped people into being taller/smaller. Not the case. Totally undoctored. Just…an awesome picture. One of my favorites ever :D

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  1. i know this is weird but i actually wanted to comment on this post for a long time, and i finally registered on here now, and i just want to say: if you are a girl it is terrible! I am a girl, 15 years old and 185cm. I have lived 9 months in Korea due to student exchange program and it has been awful! Not only because clothes are too short (luckily i have very small size) but i litterally couldn’t find ANY shoes. and not only that, but also literally everyone oogled me up and down, and made funny comments about it. I came to befriend with some people who were about that height too, but i obviously was the only girl, due to that (and i think other things too) i got mistaken for a guy or transvestite several times,once some ajussi even asked me, why i dressed like a girl…. and i have hair reaching to my navel, and quite big boobs… Did you guys ever hear of something alike?

    4 years ago
  2. i live in Japan and i find that it’s really similar to korea in a lot of 
    ways (at least from what you guys have been showing me since i’ve never been there…) and i’ve noticed a lot more tall guys than there used to be… especially guys in their 20’s or younger. there is one kid in one of my high school classes who is 193cm and holy shit, he is tall. so i was wondering if you’d noticed the same thing in korea. I think that here it’s related to people’s eating habits and people drinking a lot more milk and eating more meat than they used to… thoughts?

    7 years ago
    • lol, that’s really funny :p although i suspect inaccurate… from conversations i’ve been having with people, height is really not a factor when looking for a mate in japan… i’ve been told by a couple people that the japanese prefer dating people of similar hight as them. i personally have a tall-boy fetish (mwahahaha) but i remember dating this guy who was really short (i’m really short myself, thankfully, so it doesn’t really matter) and getting into an argument with him about guys’ height. he got all in a huff when i said tall guys were hot and said that in Japan, it was considered better to be of similar height cuz you’d be at good level for kissing. lol. he did have a point with that, but it doesn’t really matter in my book, haha…

      7 years ago
  3.  I remember Martina saying she’s 5″7 or a 5″7.5? Somewhere around 5″7… She stands on a stool to film a lot of the videos.. You can see it in their bloopers :p So it makes her look taller (not to mention so she doesn’t look tiny beside Simon.. haha)

    7 years ago
  4. I have a question for Martina: I remember you saying that bras should be packed if you are above the Korean standard size. Does that mean finding shirts and so on are also difficult? I was watching something and it was mentioned that an American small is equivalent to a Korean medium size shirt. Even here in America I have to shop a shirt size larger for because of my boobs. What is it like shopping for clothes in Korean stores?

    7 years ago
  5. How is Korean humor different from Western humor?

    7 years ago