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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.

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56 Responses to “Why are Koreans rude?”

  1. kimchi2000 said

    i think the whole article is pure bs. Westerners (white people) usually get respect in any country they visit or live. korean people tend to look down on chinese for several reasons.
    1. koreans think that all the chinese are illegal immigrants
    2. koreans think they are better than chinese because they think china is backward and poor(it also applies to southeast asians)
    3. they think all chinese are communist and commuist are bad
    dont we wish that we live in a world where people treat everybody equally… well i would like to point out that not all koreans are rude to non-white foreigners. it only takes one or two bad experience to have a bad impression on a nation or a group of people.
    even though i think the article is pure bs, i like the fact that they actually published the article. i like the fact that they are not trying to hide things that make korea look bad. i hope more koreans will read the article and hopefully it will make them think.
    if u think japanese are not rude to non-japanese then u must be living in denial. my professor (jewish american), who studied in japan talked about how he and his zainichi wife faced discrimination and rudeness from japanese bc they were non-japanese. perhaps u should go visit one of those establishment with “no foreigners” and see how politely they ask u to leave.

  2. jion999 said

    kimuchi2000
    1. koreans think that all the chinese are illegal immigrants
    →Most of Koreans in Japan (Zainichi) are illegal immigrants. You must believe they were forced to comet to Japan. Such kind people went back to Korea after the war. Most of Korean Japanese is from Jeju-do, where many communists’ islanders were massacred by Korean soldiers after the independence and ran away to Japan.

  3. jion999 said

    2. koreans think they are better than chinese because they think china is backward and poor(it also applies to southeast asians)
    → Why Koreans are so rude to people who is backward and poor? Such kind Korean criticizes that “Japane discriminated Korean”.

  4. jion999 said

    3. they think all chinese are communist and commuist are bad
    dont we wish that we live in a world where people treat everybody equally…
    →North Koreans are commusits, either. But korean loves north communists, gives so much aid, and dreams to attack Japan together.

  5. kimchi2000 said

    jion999,
    i think u missed my point. just bc certain some people are illegal, doesnt mean that legal citizen should discriminate or treat them any differently. whether they are legal or illegal, they should be treated with respect.
    it is very ugly truth that people from rich country look down on people from a coubtry that is poorer than them, of course, it doesnt meant that it is okay for koreans to look down on chinese…
    i dont think sk and nk want to attack japan…

  6. jion999 said

    kimchi2000
    “Whether they are legal or illegal, they should be treated with respect.”
    → It is wrong. In the modern countries, illegal immigrants are arrested. Not equal with ordinary people, of course.
    Most of “Zainichi” came to Japan illegally. But it was accepted because of confused situation after the war. Now, it must not be acceptable. Criminals do not have a right with ordinary people. It is a plain truth. Do you understand?

  7. ampontan said

    kimchi2000:

    “if u think japanese are not rude to non-japanese then u must be living in denial.”

    No, I’m living in Japan, and have lived here since 1984.

    You might read more carefully–nowhere did I say that Japanese are not rude to non-Japanese. Also, the man in the article said people thought his Chinese wife was Korean. Did they know she was Chinese when she was driving her car?

    As for your one example in a nation of 120 million people, I can give you a counterexample: me.

    I’ve never been denied entry into an establishment or service of any kind because I’m a foreigner. In fact, in the city where I live, I’ve never seen a place like that.

  8. Gen said

    Please check out the following page, Ampontan.
    http://www.debito.org/roguesgallery.html

  9. ampontan said

    Gen: I know about him and what he says. In fact, he gets media coverage in Japan. Please read my note again. I didn’t say stuff like that doesn’t happen. Here’s what I did say:

    I have lived in Japan 23 years this month, and have NEVER experienced anything like that, and have NEVER seen a place refuse admittance to foreigners.

    Once, a few years after I got here, when AIDS was first starting to become a big topic, I was in a sento (bathhouse) and two Japanese guys tried to get me thrown out (I could have been an AIDS carrier, they claimed).

    The management laughed and told them to get lost.

    The stuff that guy writes about is the rare exception to the rule.

    But there’s no reason to change the subject, is there? Why do you think Koreans are perceived by some–even some Koreans–to be super-polite to Caucasians and rude to themselves? It’s not just Chinese, as some suggest. They can’t possibly know the nationality of a car driver.

  10. Teacher said

    Anybody who thinks that Koreans are not rude to westerners is in denial. Koreans are very rude to (white) westerners, and treat (black) westerners like crap. For example, if you speak (polite) jondea Mal to Koreans, they will almost always speak (low) ban mal back to you. I have been denied service many many many times in Korea. I should note that I speak OK Koreans and dress very nice. Koreans are without a doubt the most racist and rudest asians. Bumping, pushing, yelling in your face are all par for the course in Korea.

  11. Hi Ampontan,

    As you pointed out above, the characteristics particular to agricultural community can often been observed in Japan, too—something like sometimes mentioned as “mura shakai”, but Japanese people behave quite different from Koreans in communicating with foreigners. So I don’t believe either, that this point is the main factor which makes Korean society what it’s like.

    It seems to me that Koreans love rating things so much, especially discussing “this is superior to that”, far more than Japanese people do. (if you don’t believe what I mean, just try counting how often those words like “oo-soo-sung” and “oo-wol-sung” —the Korean correspondent of “yuushuusei” and “yuuetsusei”, resp.— appear in Korean web news articles every day). What they care the most is if they look as “civilized” as they want, to people in developed countries.

    Despite their excessive self-confidence with regard to their material “modernizedness” which owes much to the economic power their society has acquired in the last few decades, they actually don’t seem to be as truly proud of their traditional culture as they will usually show off to foreigners, unlike Japanese people. Quite a few Koreans, obsessed with looking “civilized”, are thus apt to try to mimic how westerners behave when communicating with westerners, whereas they don’t feel needed to do that way in communicating with themselves, or with people from countries they regard as “undeveloped”.

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  13. Aceface said

    Send our Debito to Korea.Let’s see how things turn out!

  14. Matt said

    “Send our Debito to Korea.Let’s see how things turn out!”

    I think he is needed more in Korea. But his fight will be much harder in Korea. In Japan, he has some Japanese supporters. In Korea I don’t think he will find any Korean supporters.

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  16. CNT said

    I agree with Ampontan. I lived in Japan for ten years and got turned away from only one place: a strip cluby in the seedy, industrial city of Mishima in Shizuoka.

    I did get sick of being stared at on the bus and other places. When I complained about it to a friend of mine who’s from Dallas and is black, he said:

    “I feel like that every day back home (in the States). Japan is actually quite relaxing.”

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  18. The Marmot said

    Anybody who thinks that Koreans are not rude to westerners is in denial. Koreans are very rude to (white) westerners, and treat (black) westerners like crap.

    Often true on the second part, although this depends on social status. Whites, on the other hand, are often treated with more respect than they probably deserve. Especially the English teacher types.

    For example, if you speak (polite) jondea Mal to Koreans, they will almost always speak (low) ban mal back to you.

    Maybe if you speak like a 4-year-old. I can count on one hand the number times this has happened to me in a decade in Korea.

    I have been denied service many many many times in Korea. I should note that I speak OK Koreans and dress very nice.

    Amazing how I keep on hearing from foreigners denied service in Korea. I can’t even remember the last time I was denied service anywhere in Korea on account of my race.

    Koreans are without a doubt the most racist and rudest asians. Bumping, pushing, yelling in your face are all par for the course in Korea.

    Hey, if you say so.

  19. Chonko said

    if u think japanese are not rude to non-japanese then u must be living in denial

    Why am I not surprised that a Korean brings up Japan when discussing the topic of “Why Koreans are rude?” Koreans are just sooooo predictable.

    – Why does Hyundai make such junk cars?
    Korean Answer: Japan is worse!

    – Why did the publication of a disgusting anti-Semitic comic book by a Korean writer receive hardly any criticism from Koreans themselves, and in fact, aroused more anger by Koreans at foreigners for something in which Korea was the wrong doer?
    Korean Answer: Shut up and quit talking about Korea! Look at Japan..they are racist!

    – Why did is there so much corruption and bribery in the Korean school system?
    Korea Answer: Japan does it too! They also murdered 5 billion Koreans!

    – Why does your breath just reek of soju and rotten kimchi in the morning?
    Korean Answer: I hate Japan! Korea is better than Japan, OK? Goddamnit, just say that it is! Waaaa!

  20. ampontan said

    Reading the Marmot’s note reminds of a story. There’s a man well-known in translator circles in Japan who’s lived here since the late 60s. He now has grandchildren.

    He likes to party and used to go to Roppongi a lot. He said he always got a taxi to pick him up late at night, and was never refused service, though other foreigners often complained they were being ignored.

    Curious, he started asking cab drivers about that. They freely admitted that they sometimes didn’t pick up foreigners. When he asked them why, he said their answers always boiled down to the same thing–body language.

    The cab drivers could sense that the foreigner flagging them down was not fluent in Japanese. I’m a big believer in non-verbal communication, so this rings true for me. Since English fluency is not really a job requirement for cab drivers in Japan or South Korea, it’s not really surprising that some don’t want the hassle of dealing with someone that can’t communicate. Particularly when the drivers are hacking a cab out on the streets to make a buck during their busy periods.

    I studied Japanese at university for three years before I got here, so I could talk to cab drivers from my first day. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never been refused service.

    The Marmot’s a translator and I assume quite comfortable with spoken Korean, which might be why he never has any problems either.

  21. Silly Sally said

    Korean communalism (in-group/out-group)is a factor, but not the core reason for overt and covert contempt directed at out-group members. The central factor is Han (existential anxiety) and the psychological pride system constructed to protect from this anxiety. Koreans, whether externally Buddhist, Confucian, or Christian — are deep-core animists fearing dangerous spirits. The “stranger” archetype harbors the ambivalent promise of gifts and evil: the prosperous Whiteman sugggests gifts to be extracted by guile and fraud; the Blackman suggests a dangerous subhuman promising lust and violence — directed at one’s sister and mother; the out-group Asian, a source of greedy competition.

    Koreans culturally have erected an ethnic-ideal (collective self-esteem) that strives for perfection — a psychological bulwark against anxiety — and thus, the Korean is filled with vindictive contempt for anything threatening this self-imagined perfection. “Dae-Han-Minguk” is a racial prayer.

    Korean mockery and contempt toward the foreigner is highly valued as righteous vindication of Korea’s racial superiority. Consider how Hines Ward is lionized as Korean DNA racially overcoming his African genes … to win the MVP award for the glory of the Minjok.

    Although, the ethnic cross-dressing Marmot may seek acceptance as a “Korean homeboy” (speaking Korean, and wearing Hanbok), he fails to realize this radical chic palaver only antagonizes the savages.

    Marmot, don’t be teasing them.

  22. Teacher said

    I am sure Marmot in his hanbok gets treated quite well. Much better treatment then he would get in the west. Good for you Marmot. You are queen for a year!!

  23. Aceface said

    Hey,let’s be nice with the discussions OK?
    This is a discussion site not a hate site.

  24. VonJackass said

    Why are you giving the Marmot grief? The way I see it, the guy is nothing but helpful to the foreign community in Korea. One of the best places where people can go and have some informed discussion about some of the day to day stuff going on in the country.

    Teacher, if you mean that the Marmot would not be treated that well if he was wearing Hanbok in the West, then I agree.
    On the other hand, if you are resorting to that old, worn out “sure he is cool here, but he was probably a loser back home with no friends who never had a girlfriend, he was a tacky dresser, a nincompoop, and was unemployed for 10 years so he became a YBM teacher in Korea…” line, then you are surely delusional.

  25. Maceface said

    Vonjackass

    No doubt Marmot is useful. I think what teacher is picking up on is a peculiar racial game playing of “certain” whites in Asia. We all smell something “not quite right” about a white boy playing dress-up with the natives. It’s all fun when done on traditional holidays to flatter the natives. But when the white boy incorporates dress-up with his permanent identity, well, we have one special white boy. It’s like a lily white son of a banker living in a $8,000 a month New York Park Avenue apartment who eats french cheese and wine, yet sports an Afro-hair-do and yells “Yo, nigga … whaz up, foo!” to every black man he passes on the side-walk, giving a high-five with a few jive moves to show solidarity with the homeboys. I know for a fact, Japanese and Koreans secretly get the creeps about these delusional white boys. You have to wonder about these types, that’s not hate. Just curiosity.

  26. Aceface said

    Maceface or teacher

    “I know for a fact, Japanese and Koreans secretly get the creeps about these delusional white boys. ”
    Yes,indeed they are silly.But to some that is seen as lovable and occasionary become sympathetic contact with locals.While overly sarcastic foreign misfits would not get such warm welcome from their chosen host nation(or anybody).But not to worry,there is always place you can crawl back.Maybe it’s time that some of you just get a one way ticket back to your own “Kansas”,for there’s just no place like home.

  27. Silly Sally said

    Aceface,

    I agree. Whiteboys in Oz dressed like native Munchkins do strike a sympathetic cord in Koreans, and the Japanese. The white buffoon is highly prized for his function to make Asians feel ethnically superior in comparison.

    I am not sure if Marmot consciously intends this buffoon effect, or is a natural flake blithely co-existing peacefully with the Munchkins.

    A bit of advise to Marmot:, a foreigner who learns Japanese/Korean all too well makes the Japanese/Korean uneasy. The foreigner no longer has that inferior child-like clumsy speech stroking the ethnic ego-ideal. If a foreigner prizes his cush job in Japan/Korea, he best not demonstrate his agile command of the language and culture too well.

    Whitey’s most important function is to stroke the ethnic ego. Don’t lose sight of your greatest asset in Asia.

    SS: I don’t like to see commenters slamming each other in the Comments section. Ideas, OK. People, no. I don’t mind you making the point you’re trying to make, but please moderate your language in regard to other posters.

  28. Aceface said

    Good to know “rudeness” is not just a Korean characteristic.What do you know, we all share at least something!

  29. Aceface said

    I apologize everyone in advance if any of you had bad times in Japan for being a foreigner.And you have every right to scream that around in-your-face-manner,especially on internet as long as our ringmaster allow us to do so.
    And just because Korea and Japan is in the all kind of feuds that doesn’t mean resident expats of the both countries need to join them.

    Marmot is a guy who tell us things happening in the peninsula on his blog from a resident’s eye.
    and naturally he reared his sympathy for Korea,nothing unusual.
    Besides he and I have something in common(we both married to a Mongolian)so I irrationally sympathize with him.And I too wear ethnic cloth sometimes when I’m in Mongolia especially when I’m on a horseback.
    http://www.skiouros.net/varia/ncmpr/ncmpr001.htm
    Intend to feel I’m in exotic foreign land and also to make my mongolian friends and relatives laugh.I don’t find any “ethnic superiority” in them.But then again I could be missing something though.

  30. Teacher said

    I like marmot. I just think that he thinks he is king of the English teachers. He tries to lord over English teachers, and the regular GI’s that wind up in Korea.
    (at least the ones that don’t bow and lay down palm leaves for him to walk on, like the blogger Yangban)
    Marmot is an editor for Seoul Mag. When anybody works as a propaganda flunkie for the Korean National Tourism Org, and pretends to be fair minded about Korea, you have to laugh.

    Please refer to the comment I made when I crossed out Sallie’s comments.

  31. Maceface said

    Wait a minute. My sarcastic comment bit the teat of truth far better than Teacher and Silly Sally. Why can’t I be censored? Why do they get special persecution? I smell biased treatment. Hit me! Hit me!

  32. Aceface said

    If you want some action maybe you should go to The Marmot’s hole,Maceface.

  33. The Marmot said

    I hate to respond to trolls, especially ones that have had their comments deleted out, but just for the record, I’m a propaganda flunkie for Seoul Metropolitan Government, not the Korea Tourism Organization (formerly the Korea National Tourism Organization), although I am pleased to announce that in February we reached a deal with the KTO to distribute SEOUL magazine in 27 KTO offices and Korean Cultural Centers overseas. They must have liked the hanbok.

  34. DeeDonner said

    I’m a white American and work in Korea..from my 1st day on the job, many of my Korean colleagues have refused to speak to me.It is so strange They didn’t even give me a chance not to like me. Rude? Yes, but I have to accept it as the Korean way – remember these folks run lquor stores in South Central i,e, tough…The money is good, so I stay.

  35. Aceface said

    Could be one of those “I’m-a-very-shy-person-and-I-do-not-befriend-with-firsttimer”thing.
    Cheer up.Koreans are pretty friendly once you get to know them well.

  36. David said

    korean people are rude, also chinese people are rude too, in fact I am a Chinese.
    Japanese people are the most polite race among Asians.

    westerners( including Americans) and Japanese are much more polite than chinese or korean.

    It’s just like compare gentleman and babarian.

    gentlemen are logical and polite.
    Babarians are rude and no logical.

  37. wiesunja said

    Has anyone taken a look at the Marmot’s Hole lately? That place has become a cesspool of Korean trolls (NES and Stacked…I think actually that they are both the same person with a controlled IP changer) indulging in a Korean’s wet dream of orgasmic pleasure by freely spewing racial epithet after racial epithet under total impunity by their whore to the Korean trolls, Robert Koehler.

    It’s unbelievable that the Marmot condones and lets these two sick retarded Korean chimps spew their garbage freely while banning anyone who even mutters the word “gook” at the drop of a hat.

  38. Bender said

    #37
    Although I won’t use the same kind of expression as you, I agree that he bans any commentators throwing the slightest racial epithet at Koreans, while the same thrown at other nationals are quite tolerated, which so happens to be mostly Japanese.

    So I’d say to Aceface and other Japanese commentators out there: don’t sweat it.

  39. ampontan said

    Wiesunja:

    Please take a look at what happened to posts #27 and #30 in this thread and moderate yourself accordingly.

  40. tomojiro said

    “Although I won’t use the same kind of expression as you, I agree that he bans any commentators throwing the slightest racial epithet at Koreans, while the same thrown at other nationals are quite tolerated, which so happens to be mostly Japanese. ”

    To some degree I share your feelings, but it is a blog about Korea, and it would have its bias as much as many blogs concerning about Japan has.

    Anyway, it has some influence among blogs concerning East Asia, and I will say sticking around would be also very valuable because of that.

    Because of his influence, it is necessary to try to correct what is apparently wrong or misunderstood from a Japanese view point. And from my personal experience, they will listen to you (or at least trying to listen), when you argue calm and logicaly even if the tone is sometimes very heated.

    Enough off topic.

    David,are you really a Chinese? Somewhat I don’t believe you.
    Anyway, it is also true that attitude and ettiquete change with economic fortunes and accumulating self reliance.

    Recently, I had a chance to reread Barabara Tuchman’s “The Guns of August”, and the germans (at least in her book) are just like todays chinese or Korean. Full of inferiority complex, and therefore very aggressive, and also acting very childish (although every nation who participated in this war were very “childish” from todays standard).

    And I believe that the Japanese were also not that different from them untill recently.

  41. Bender said

    Anyway, it has some influence among blogs concerning East Asia, and I will say sticking around would be also very valuable because of that.

    Just don’t get too serious. Many of the commentators there are not. It’s probably the #1 East Asian blog where people shoot out f-words at each other. For them, Japan is a joke. Trying to make your point will likely have the opposite effect, especially when they sense you’re Japanese.

  42. wiesunja said

    The Marmot’s Hole does serve its purpose of drawing up more anti-Japan hatred. It’s pretty clear that’s what he wants.

    The Korean trolls must be reveling in orgasmic frenzy and ecstasy now that they have a playground all to themselves.

  43. tomojiro said

    “Just don’t get too serious. Many of the commentators there are not.”

    It’s only a blog. So I wan’t take it too sereiously.

    “It’s probably the #1 East Asian blog where people shoot out f-words at each other.”

    Well, yeah. Apparantly, They moderate on a very modest level,recently. Its a pitty.

  44. Mark said

    Koreans are certainly very rude. Whether you speak Korean or English, you will very very rarely here them say please, hello or thank you. It is common knowledge (this is supported by academic inquiry) that it was Korean rudeness that was one element that provoked the LA riots – their inability to say hello. thank you, use peoples’ names or engage in small talk, went down like a cup of warm sick in LA – this is why virtually every Korean store in areas around the riots were looted and burned.
    I won’t even get into spitting, littering, attitudes to foreigners, women or even each other. Koreans are rude – but it’s not their fault – they know no better, therefore it would wrong to punish anyone for their Koreaness.

  45. Ken said

    How about coffee break: Chinese way of associating with Koreans.

    http://bbs.enjoykorea.jp/tbbs/read.php?board_id=teconomy&nid=3670911&tab=five

    Surely I have heard Koreans ask the age of opponent when they are involved in a quarrel with stranger as if the older is telling the younger to compromise from Confucianism view point.

  46. asdf said

    Just a comment 😀

    In Korean culture it is not part of our customs to show respect to strangers or people that we are not close with :/ mmm…because in Korea friendship is a important thing and once you are friends with someone you guys are friends forever!

    so its not that we are rude or don’t show instant respect to strangers its just part of culture.

  47. Ken said

    “In Korean culture it is not part of our customs to show respect to strangers ”

    That is why Koreans are called rude.
    Korean president listed ‘Reducing Korea-hater’ as nation wide theme.
    http://www.chosunonline.com/article/20080816000012
    He seems aware that Koreans are not welcomed in the world but the people does not so.

  48. Zen said

    I knew a Korean woman who rejected anything that seemed remotely abnormal. She was hypercritical of me and my family, and only stayed friends with me as long as I went along with everything that she said or did. In other words, she felt she was allowed to be rude, and I had to be submissive and put up with her egotistical bullshit. She was a serious control freak who appeared to be on a mission to squash any competition by being an insecure social climber who seemed to have little or no capacity for a meaningful, heartfelt conversation. Her words were very insincere and guarded around whites. I think if by chance this woman were to give birth to a child with a life long physical disfigurement, she just might die of embarrassment. Either that, or she would be over-the-top defensive with a disabled child.
    Also, if you want to watch a reality show with the It’s-all-about-me Korean influence, just watch Kimmora Lee Simmons show, “Life in the fab lane”, shes part black, Korean, and Japanese. While Simmons is a drop-dead-gorgeous model, her attitude reaks of Korean rudeness.

  49. Think About it said

    zen…

    okay first off, PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE… and just because you’ve had one bad experience with a korean doesn’t mean that all koreans are “Egotistical Bullshit”. I think its just a matter of how that person are raised up. Also, like you said yourself, Kimmora Lee Simmons IS part Black, Korean, and Japanese. that does not mean she is rude because she is korean or japanese or even black, but maybe because all her fame makes her think like she’s above everyone else. Another thing i would like to bring up is that wouldn’t all mothers be protective of their children ESPECIALLY if they are disabled?? think about it…
    I feel that a person should not be quickly judged just because you think everyone is the way you think they are. I know plenty of Rude, Selfish koreans but ALSO Kind, considerate ones, them being the majority. So i wouldnt be quick to judge just bause of one instance and a REALITY SHOW…
    How would you feel if someone said that (whatever race you are)are Drunks and Crazy just becuase that person watched the real world or some other over the top reality show that made someone who was the same race as you look bad?

  50. Zen said

    Think about it

    Wow, I am soooooooooooo glad that you are here to put me in my place. At what point did I write that all Koreans were rude and egotistical bullshit? This forum is for people to vent about frustrations about certain aspects of Korean culture, is it not? I love how you are so condescending with the way you type certain words in all caps which I know is a method that people use to emphasize words that they deem as keys points. In other words, I don’t appreciate your tone. I think you and I could care less if we have offended one another because we are both hiding behind our computers arguing with a screen names.
    I have had several months to cope with my bad experience with my former Korean friend and I agree that I should not use one bad experience or a reality show as an excuse to bash an entire race of people. I too have met very kind Koreans just like you but I was too angry back in September of 2008 to mention that and for that I am sorry.
    —————–

    This forum is for people to vent about frustrations about certain aspects of Korean culture, is it not?

    It most certainly is not, and since this is my site, I should know.

    Look at the left sidebar under Categories and read some of the posts under “Japan-Korean Amity”.

    – A.

  51. Zen said

    I apologize for my misunderstanding.

  52. xClay said

    It’s not wise to stereotype a whole group of people as this or that. I think etiquette and being considerate for others is really dependent on how the person was raised in the family and what type of values were taught.

  53. hammie said

    I am Korean-American. I do believe that Koreans are a bit rude. For example, I’m a bit overweight. Whenever I visit Korea, my aunts, uncles, and cousins make fun of my weight. I don’t mind because they are my family. But the thing that bothers me is that people I don’t even know make fun of my weight. When I went to get my hair done, the person who was doing my hair said that I’m really fat and I would look so much prettier if I lost weight. I was really pissed because she doesn’t know me and she shouldn’t say those rude comments to me. I know I’m fat, but is it really necessary to say that to my face? Also, I was taking the train to go to a different city. This guy who works on the train was selling food. My mom bought food from him, and the guy looked at me and said that I should stop eating because I’m already too fat. Korean people give more criticizems than compliments.

  54. bender said

    Maybe it’s a sign that they saw you as one of them, and not a stranger passing by.

  55. askkorean1 said

    Koreans are direct not rude!!! Its national character that separates Koreans from Chinese and Japanese. You love us or You hate us. Majority of 99.9 percent Koreans don’t really care.

  56. M Holder said

    Korean business culture is rotten, Samsung was caught cheating and lying on benchmarks three times, also they send superior television models to reviewers while production models have worse internals look up “samsung panel lottery”. Hyundai and Kia were caught by the EPA lying to customers about efficiency and the on-board computers spit out fake MPG readouts.

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