Why are Koreans rude?
Posted by ampontan on Saturday, March 10, 2007
Wait a minute, don’t jump on me! “Why are Koreans rude?” is the headline of this short piece in English in the JoongAng Daily.
Someone—obviously a non-Asian foreigner—wrote in asking why some Koreans can be so polite to him, yet so rude to his Chinese-born wife, who could be mistaken for Korean. I understand what he means; every Korean I’ve met has been very pleasant to me, but I’ve also seen some similar unpleasantries and heard of worse.
The newspaper’s explanation doesn’t seem convincing to me. The Japanese have the same historical background, yet their behavior is not the same.
Read it and see what you think.