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Speaker’s Corner: Cute Korean Babies

February 8, 2015

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BABIES EVERYWHERE! Remember when I just said we weren’t getting a lot of kids in the videobooth? Well I lied. Apparently a wave of babies rolled into the coffee shop.

I thought it was particularly interesting to hear about the difference between baby culture in Korea and in USA. I’ve heard from other friends that are raising their kids in Korea that they too struggle with the personal space barrier. It is obviously well meant to show both affection and neighbourhoodly care, but it still is a shock to a lot of people to have a total stranger touch or feed their child. We ourselves have experienced this a lot with Spudgy but for some reaoson only with adorable old Korean people. We’ve had little old grannies or grandpas squeal with delight over Spudgy and just bend down and scoop him up without warning! We especially have problems with people lifting him off the ground by only his front paws and talking to him. Since Spudgy was injured in a car accident in the past, he can’t jump up or support himself on his back paws so I have to tell them right away that he’s injured or in pain but most people don’t get it. He flails like the adorable puff ball he is but never bites or barks at them. Just a judgmental side eye look at us like: “MUM. WHAT DO I DO?! STRANGER DANGER. HEY. HEY. MUM.” We have laugh heartily and quickly scoop him out of their arms before Spudgy gets hurt anymore. They’re actually really lucky Spudgy is such a chill dog because a lot of dogs would bite in that situation.

If I’m that frustrated about a totally well-meaning old person hurting my dog, I can only imagine how frustrated I’d be with someone randomly feeding my baby! What if they have an allergy? Maybe I’m being very North American at this point as Korean babies are obviously doing okay…hahahaha! Has anyone else experienced this in either their home country or in Korea? Also, how about Simon’s sexy dancing in the background. Werk it. Werk it Simon.

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  1. please guys make a video about korean children and the difference between korean and over countries in raising children

    4 years ago
  2. Ooh, these baby facts were so interesting! And definitely nice to know if you go to Korea that someone might try to feed your baby! Can you please do a TL;DR on the baby/children life in Korea?! For example what kinds of Children’s songs and games and traditions they have?

    4 years ago
  3. Ah creepy!! It’s one thing to be in a line waiting and a baby is looking at you. I get this often. A baby will smile at me or look at me. I’ll smile and wave at them but NEVER touch them. Even my friend’s kids I rarely touch them at all. Unless the baby wants to touch me I’ll let them but uhg, never would I put my finger in their mouth.

    When my parents first adopted me, some stranger picked me up. My sister freaked out and told our mom and then I was strapped into a stroller for the rest of my young life.

    There’s a fine line with stranger’s babies that you don’t cross but then again it’s a culture issue I think too.

    4 years ago
  4. I’m a Korean adoptee in the USA, but I grew up in an area with a lot of 1st and 2nd generation Korean Americans. My white parents were really startled at first when I was a baby and these Korean grandmothers would pick me up to carry me over to their families to show me off and play with me without asking. My parents are pretty laid back people so they eventually got used to it happening on a regular basis.

    4 years ago
  5. I brought my family(me, husband, 6 kids) to Seoul this past summer. We warned the little kids, especially those with curly or long blonde hair, that many people they don’t know may try to touch their hair, face, or hands. And this totally came true, especially with the ajumas (older women). They gushed over my children. On the play grounds that we visited, if there was any food, it was shared with ALL the children. I think this was just the”sharing food”culture though. We really wanted our children to get a cultural experience, so we had them learn some phrases in Korean so they could interact with people. All the Koreans (and Chinese and Philipinos) loved them. It was a great experience for them. I was only sad that we were there a month before You Are Here opened.

    4 years ago
  6. lol! the little boy who’s like “let me talk to chicks!” … future idol right there!! *dying*

    did he really say that?? haha.

    cuteness overload <3

    4 years ago
  7. From what I remember when my brother was born, no one came up to try and feed him or hold him… I don’t think Chinese people try to get super close to babies unless it was a close-knit neighbourhood.

    My parents have said though that when I was really young and in a restaurant, some mom wanted to offer her son as a future husband for me…

    4 years ago
  8. When I was living in Japan with my dad, it wasn’t uncommon for our neighborhood elderly couples to give my younger siblings good luck charms or a small bag of treats. We were a very close knit neighborhood, so we knew who couldn’t eat what and would often host small neighborhood events to meet with everyone. Now that I am on my way to becoming a parent, I wouldn’t mind if people would touch my baby, but I do draw a line with putting the fingers into their mouth and feeding them.

    4 years ago
  9. In regards to people picking up Spudgy. I know that you can get vests for blind and deaf dogs that say “Caution I am blind” so you could always make something like that, or you could attach one of those LED word sign thingys to his lead telling people not to pick him up

    4 years ago
  10. The kid who wanted to talk to the ladies knows what is up. On the other hand, Lord, protect him from the scary side of the internet.

    4 years ago
  11. Jajaja, I got a little surprised to hear the couple singing “Amor prohibido” by Selena. You can look for it in Youtube, there´s even a movie about her with Jennifer López :D
    BTW, that part where they say that people put their fingers in the baby´s mouth was a little too much for me. Here in México people usually touch the baby´s hand, cheeks or belly but definitely don´t put fingers in their mouths XD

    4 years ago
  12. That is actually kind of weird to me. (In Spain) Sometimes old men and women give children candies in buses, or play with them in the distance -you know, like hiding their faces and such…-.
    Actually it ´d be weird if a stranger comes just to touch a baby. Only the family members and friends will touch, feed or play with someone else´s child.
    There are a lot of mothers who works when their children are still babies, so they send them to other siblings or at kindergartens until the end of work hours,

    4 years ago
  13. So I have never done or believed in this, but people of Mexican heritage (not all but many) will often come up and touch other peoples babies and small children. They do this because they believe that otherwise they may accidentally give the child mal ojo (the evil eye curse). IF a person thinks their child has been given ojo then they will cleanse them by rolling a raw egg on the child’s body.

    4 years ago
  14. The other day i was out with my friends and their kid when a seemingly homeless man walked up to us and gave the baby a quarter while baby talking to him then left and came back with a small carton of milk from the resturant next to us gave it to him and left again. We said thank you and were at loss of what to do, i was like nice jesture but next time imma say no thank you it was very alarming. I live in Canada btw.

    4 years ago
  15. We recently found out that my 9 month old nephew is anaphylactic to nuts. Ahhhh. Now people’s very well-intentioned attention to him isn’t just slightly intrusive, but potentially harmful. I’ve never heard of people feeding random babies though. That would be super frightening. I don’t know if severe allergies like this are less common in Korea, but here in Australia it can be pretty frightening taking my nephew to the shops or to church.

    4 years ago
  16. Simon in the back ahahaha!!

    “Baby cuteness” \(>_<)/ YAAAAAAAAAY!!!! My favourite part~~

    4 years ago
  17. Simon video bombing the first couple that was so singing, so funny! I really like when you guys (assuming more than one person works on this series?) put the extra footage at the end after the address/directions, like a little easter egg :)

    4 years ago