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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #100 on: June 26, 2020, 04:14:16 pm »
whatever old man! jk i'm down with the elderly. let's talk about disco

Do you play? Have you gigged? I do and have. While I was a teenager when the disco craze hit, I lacked the necessary appreciation. I was busy rockin' onstage to Zep, Tull, Purple, Grand Funk, Dobbie Bros. etc. Later, I understood just how amazing disco was and is.

ABBA. Bee Gees. just to name 2 stratospheric superstar groups    'nuff said.


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #101 on: July 11, 2020, 10:49:50 am »
if you're with a group of people who all speak the same language, but they decide to exclude you by having a conversation in another language they know you don't understand..how is that not rude again?
Yeah it is very rude. It happened to me before in college, I was often the only non-Asian person in an otherwise Asian friend group. I speak three languages though, and I always do my best to include everyone in the conversation when they don't speak a language. Wish others would be as courteous



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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #102 on: July 15, 2020, 10:40:09 pm »
whatever old man! jk i'm down with the elderly. let's talk about disco
The boomers killed disco.


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #103 on: December 08, 2020, 03:28:09 pm »
I think this depends on whether you're in a big city or not. People are a lot more friendly in rural areas opposed to big cities


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #104 on: December 11, 2020, 10:48:08 am »
I think this depends on whether you're in a big city or not. People are a lot more friendly in rural areas opposed to big cities

Really. I spent 6 years in rural towns and I found the locals, percentage-wise in terms of friendliness and helpfulness, about the same as those in big cities.


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #105 on: January 18, 2021, 01:33:06 am »
They are not friendly even amongst themselves. Also since all and sundry moved from the provinces to Seoul, what gives? i

Are Koreans rude and cold? Hmm tough one, I'd say a lot of the youth are.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2021, 01:44:50 am by Bobby_Digital »


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #106 on: January 18, 2021, 08:57:16 am »
I don't think Koreans are cold and rude.  However, I do think
they are the "rednecks" of Asia.  They litter, they spit, they have
minimal knowledge of etiquette and cuisine, they still crane
their necks to ogle foreigners.  They basically display signs of
being ignorant and parochial.


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #107 on: January 18, 2021, 10:31:48 am »
What SPQR said. Most koreans I've come across have been warm and friendly. There are always a few dicks, but that's pretty normal. But, yeah, etiquette needs a bit of work. I don't go to restaurants anymore because I'm a drunk magnet. Every time a coconut, an inebriated man invites himself to our table. He completely ignores the fact that my wife, and/or children, and/or son-in-laws are also sitting at the table-all korean (or thereabouts), and tries to have a conversation with me. Or worse just stares at me and smiles. The last time I went out for chicken was December, 2019, under protest. Ten minutes after sitting down, same shit, different restaurant. The owner was watching and moved the guy on after 10 minutes.


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #108 on: January 20, 2021, 01:37:06 pm »
Guys I am sorry can somebody tell me how to PM in this Window 97 version website thing please?  :sad:


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #109 on: January 21, 2021, 07:21:50 am »
Guys I am sorry can somebody tell me how to PM in this Window 97 version website thing please?  :sad:
Click on the person's name.
Hover over the "Actions" button next to the "Profile" button.
Select the top option "Send Personal message"
Type your message.
Hit "send".
 :smiley:


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #110 on: February 20, 2021, 07:15:08 am »
I define friendly as someone who smiles at people, says hello to strangers...

This is a cultural definition from the West, and not relevant in East Asia.

Actually, a person going around smiling and talking to strangers would be considered insane (by definition you don't know strangers, so why would you be pretending that you do?).


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #111 on: February 20, 2021, 09:16:12 am »
Got tons of smiles and "ni haos" while hiking in Taipei, particularly from the older people. Had multiple people stop and make small talk with me. I am very shy, so all these interactions were initiated by them. I was incredibly surprised, especially since I had been living in Korea for three years when I first traveled there and was not expecting kindness.

Maybe they were insane, but it sure felt good!


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #112 on: February 20, 2021, 04:29:22 pm »
This is a cultural definition from the West, and not relevant in East Asia.

Actually, a person going around smiling and talking to strangers would be considered insane (by definition you don't know strangers, so why would you be pretending that you do?).

I call b/s on this. Taiwanese do it all the time, most friendly people on the planet. Happened in China too, The city I lived in was incredibly friendly (not the CCP officials though).
« Last Edit: February 20, 2021, 04:34:19 pm by confusedsafferinkorea »
There is no known medical cure for stupidity!


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #113 on: February 20, 2021, 05:33:29 pm »
I think this depends on whether you're in a big city or not. People are a lot more friendly in rural areas opposed to big cities


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #114 on: February 20, 2021, 05:35:05 pm »
This is a cultural definition from the West, and not relevant in East Asia.

Actually, a person going around smiling and talking to strangers would be considered insane (by definition you don't know strangers, so why would you be pretending that you do?).

Not exactly, there are many Westerners, including myself, who would not define friendly as attempting to start conversations with strangers. Likewise, you don't speak for all Asians, I'm pretty sure there are Asians who define friendly as going out of your way to chat to strangers.
The opposite of rude is not friendly, it's polite.

In the West and Asia, I'd view anyone trying to start a conversation with me, on the street, with suspicion.


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #115 on: February 20, 2021, 05:38:40 pm »
Don't focus on peope, but on culture.

If you have been introducted to someone, your treatment us exempliar.


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #116 on: February 20, 2021, 10:57:35 pm »
Don't focus on peope, but on culture.

If you have been introducted to someone, your treatment is exemplar.

Right, this is a very easy topic which any first-month-in-Korea person knows. You meet people thru formal introductions. Then itís kindest place in the world. /thread

Yet somehow thereís pages of pedantic argumentation.


Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #117 on: February 21, 2021, 10:33:04 am »
I call b/s on this. Taiwanese do it all the time, most friendly people on the planet. Happened in China too, The city I lived in was incredibly friendly (not the CCP officials though).
It's not even necessarilu much of a thing in the West. Like it can vary by neighborhood or region.

Also, there's a certain narcissism behind the idea of "I expect you to stop and interact with me in order to entertain me and feed my ego."
« Last Edit: February 21, 2021, 10:35:27 am by Mr.DeMartino »


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #118 on: February 21, 2021, 11:00:31 am »
It's not even necessarilu much of a thing in the West. Like it can vary by neighborhood or region.

Also, there's a certain narcissism behind the idea of "I expect you to stop and interact with me in order to entertain me and feed my ego."

I guess much of one's opinion has to do with where you grew up. In my childhood we lived in a close community and in my adult life I lived in an even closer community . We had street bbq's often, we helped each other all the time. I am good with cars, so I maintained the neighborhood's cars, my immediate neighbor was an IT specialist, my other neighbor was awesome with bricklaying and welding, another was a horticulturalist. We had accountants, engineers and even a Supreme Court judge so we  were pretty much sorted and paid nothing or almost nothing for services. All the kids in the neighborhood had access to all their friends houses etc. so, I am quite used to that sort of life. I think if I grew up in a different community perhaps I would feel like KimchiNinja, but then again I am a friendly chap and make friends easily wherever I go, so maybe not.
There is no known medical cure for stupidity!


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Re: Are Koreans rude and cold?
« Reply #119 on: February 21, 2021, 02:03:16 pm »
People here are reasonably friendly once you get to know them and make the effort.  There's a true point that the average Yank or millenial seems to want people to drop everything and entertain them. On the other hand, a lot of Westerners are let down by low-brow American pop culture. Some Koreans get the idea that y'all a bit dumb from it.

Also lol at confused lolfers impotent dig at "CCP" officials (I assume he means Communist Party of China, CPC officials). Truly lolable bathos. They're about the same level of self-importance as yer average State Department intern (if you've ever had to deal with such people).

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