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Old 08-06-2007, 02:20 PM
 
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What can you tell me about South-Korea? Is it really true that it can be pretty racist over there. I know few people that were stationed in South-Korea and they didn't make good experiences over there.
What experiences did you make?
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:36 AM
 
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Exclamation yup racist

If you're from America, you shouldn't have problems. But I'm from South Africa and speak fluent English (British English). The minute they hear the word Africa, it's like a great stink went up. They treat you like a disease. Even told the parents that I can't speak English because I'm African. And told me to deny my heritage, told me speak American. Like hell!! **** them, I'm proud of my heritage!
They even told 2 of my friends to tell the students that they are Canadian and gave them tapes and books to study should a parent/student ask them.
They have no idea of the world out there and is so obsessed with making money for their next generation.
They forget that to have other countries show interest in Korea, they will have to show that interest back.
I can go on for pages, but basically there's no place for a foreigner in their hierarchy system. So they just treat you like scum. They don't think for themselves, they just follow the norm. Being ignorant, arrogant, prejudice and superficial.
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Ok I suggest we start historically. Korea the north and South, (which were one country till 50 years ago) borders China and Russia, while Japan is only overnight boat ride away. Korea has either being at war with or ruled by one of thoes coutires for almost all of the last 2000 years.
Koreans are fiercly indpendent people, they are wary of foreigners, because foreigners have historically bought nothing but war and slavery. Until recently they have taken very few immigrants, it is monocultural country which still very much sticks to its traditions.
I am white (Australian) but can coverse quite well in korean and have studied their culture. I found most koreans to be very shy, however after a smile and hello, they become more open, on a few occasions i found myslef in a complete stangers house sharing food and a soju with them. A lot of young koreans liked the opportunity to speak english to a native speaker.
One thing i never encounted was any form of racial abuse.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:01 AM
 
Location: GA/AL state line
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South of Seoul near Pusan may be more prejudicial, but almost anyplace near an American military base is probably going to be more comfortable with foreigners. I had a great time in Korea and I would love to go back to the Seoul area. I'm hispanic and I had no problems no matter where I went anywhere between the DMZ and Osan which is south of the Seoul metropolitan area. Even though I was alone and I didn't look or speak anything like the local people, I always felt very safe using the public transportation and walking around the different communities. I loved the Seoul area the most - lots of friendly people (ladies) and lots of great bars, restaurants, and shopping. If you go to the bars near the military bases, you'll also find a lot of Filipino, Russian and other women being imported to work the customers.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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Chinese people I've known have been racist towards blacks in the sense that they looked down on them and have not wanted to invite them to house parties.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:35 PM
 
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Korean women are hawtest in all of asia, along with the filipinas

I grew up in Northern NJ were a lot of koreans have moved into

Growing up, my town was a normal Jersey town, but now too many koreans came here illegally and took over a nearby town, and are overrunning the surrounding area

But it seems to have stalled for now

So I have had plenty of dealings with koreans

I will say they are racist in general, very xenophobic, and nationalistic as well
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Old 09-21-2008, 02:09 AM
 
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Chinese people I've known have been racist towards blacks in the sense that they looked down on them and have not wanted to invite them to house parties.


What does that have to do with Korea?
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:02 AM
 
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I served tow tours with the USAF in Korea. I, like Danielsa1775, found Koreans shy at first. But much more open & friendly once they got to know you. I felt very safe their and was able to use public transportation easily (They know you're a foreigner and will look at your bus or train ticket and point you to the right gate). Yes, Koreans tend to be monoculturalistic, but IMHO, they welcome well-behaved visitors (as would ANY country). In my experience, too many Americans (especially the military folks) tend not to stray too far into the real Korea. Many stay close to the base or the city they are visiting. The bar districts outside the U.S. bases are NOTHING like the real Korea...
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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What does that have to do with Korea?
It's a general thing in East Asia. Koreans been the same but more polite. I was chairman of an international society and knew exactly what was going on. We had a few Japanese, who were a bit more positive. The Chinese and Korean girls would never date a black guy. They would not admit it if you asked them directly but they looked down at them. They only tolerated the blacks during events (they weren't invited to their new year I arranged, I brought them along, etc.) because they simply had to follow my orders. I have numerous examples. It was beyond any doubt.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:28 PM
 
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It's a general thing in East Asia. Koreans been the same but more polite. I was chairman of an international society and knew exactly what was going on. We had a few Japanese, who were a bit more positive. The Chinese and Korean girls would never date a black guy. They would not admit it if you asked them directly but they looked down at them. They only tolerated the blacks during events (they weren't invited to their new year I arranged, I brought them along, etc.) because they simply had to follow my orders. I have numerous examples. It was beyond any doubt.
So what? Are yous still reeling from this rejection?
Get over it.
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