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Posted 11/18/08

li_corn wrote:

about korean custom and respect , we also have to do : 4,6 ,7 in my own culture!
And teens don't smoke in front of adult because they know adult hate when young people smoke!
I really the "bow custom" in k-culture^^


yea i agree with you the korean culture really amazing and i really respect it, since i have in my asian side culture most of them (point to the customs..)
Posted 11/18/08

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Another question is that when i watch Korean dramas why is that i see the guys slapping or wanting to slap them or hit them ; normally that doesn't happen in other dramas unless the girl really deserves it. Also are the men superior over in Korea?Is the man the boss of the house and the woman does the house work?


you shouldn't ever be seeing a man actually slapping a girl unless it's a gangster/ prostitute scenario. "threatening" to slap a girl while making that "whaacch!" noise like you're trying to cough up some phlegm is usually a playful geasture, that in the dramas women more often do to men, but it's vice versa.

outwardly the man is the boss and the women does housework, but in the newer generation this is less and less the case and is considered taboo to expect it, much as in the West. See, We Got Married, a reality tv show and you'll see that aside from Hwangbo who is older and from an older generation is the only one who willingly volunteers for housework, but for example, Seo Inyoung never even touches dishes.

in reality, the woman is "in charge" of the houshold finances (the husband traditionally surrenders his paycheck to his wife, who in turn allots him a spending cash allowance.) if the family's houses finances go wrong (due to mismanagement) the wife is held to account (is blamed and is ultimately shamed) in society's eyes. it's her responsibility that the family stay solvent and doesn't spend itself into debt or ruin.

so in a way the old saying holds, "The man is the head of the family, but the wife is the neck that turns the head."


ohh nice saying i like that and is it okay for a guy and guy to hold hand in the street cuz i dbsk yuhno and jae jong hold hands in the street, but im pretty sure they are not gay
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Posted 11/18/08

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so in a way the old saying holds, "The man is the head of the family, but the wife is the neck that turns the head."


ohh nice saying i like that and is it okay for a guy and guy to hold hand in the street cuz i dbsk yuhno and jae jong hold hands in the street, but im pretty sure they are not gay

yes it is acceptable and even common for boys to hold hands in public. unlike in the west, there's nothing gay about men showing their affection for one another. some societies in asia are like that.

though you wouldn't expect older men to do that, as long as they're still say, of school age, you can expect that. (i don't know the guys you're mentioning, but since they're part of a group together, they are probably really close, so that's perfectly acceptable and no one would really notice or think anything unseemly). much as in the West athletes hug one another extensively and pat each other on the butt.

as an example, i remember the first time i visited korea in 1980 (i was 6 in the first grade) i remember running around w/ my guy friends and holding hands, and even at that innocent of an age i remembering thinking to myself, "if i was in america, the other kids would point and laugh at me for holding hands w/ another boy." but i never felt weird or even self-conscious doing it. so these are just cultural prejudices that doesn't allow men in certain societies from showing platonic affection for one another even OFF the playing field.
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Posted 11/22/08

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kimi911 wrote:



so in a way the old saying holds, "The man is the head of the family, but the wife is the neck that turns the head."


ohh nice saying i like that and is it okay for a guy and guy to hold hand in the street cuz i dbsk yuhno and jae jong hold hands in the street, but im pretty sure they are not gay


yes it is acceptable and even common for boys to hold hands in public. unlike in the west, there's nothing gay about men showing their affection for one another. some societies in asia are like that.

though you wouldn't expect older men to do that, as long as they're still say, of school age, you can expect that. (i don't know the guys you're mentioning, but since they're part of a group together, they are probably really close, so that's perfectly acceptable and no one would really notice or think anything unseemly). much as in the West athletes hug one another extensively and pat each other on the butt.

as an example, i remember the first time i visited korea in 1980 (i was 6 in the first grade) i remember running around w/ my guy friends and holding hands, and even at that innocent of an age i remembering thinking to myself, "if i was in america, the other kids would point and laugh at me for holding hands w/ another boy." but i never felt weird or even self-conscious doing it. so these are just cultural prejudices that doesn't allow men in certain societies from showing platonic affection for one another even OFF the playing field.


it's REALLY fascinating !!! in my country if two guys hold hands ,the first reaction will be " they are gay"! so you will NEVER see straight guys holding hand!
The first time i noticed that there were A LOT of "skinship" between korean men (in drama or k-programme) it was a little uncomfortable but now i'm used to that!
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Posted 11/30/08
are the symbols on the korean flag really all those elements? (that picture on the front) i thought a moon was one of them
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Posted 11/30/08
Yeah, the fire and water should be sun and moon;
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Posted 12/1/08

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are the symbols on the korean flag really all those elements? (that picture on the front) i thought a moon was one of them


no that's correct. fire and water. that's pretty standard. also, the moon is associated with several of the eight trigrams, but since there are different phases of the moon, water for example is "waning" moon and i think fire is crescent moon, etc.
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Posted 12/23/08
OMG!!! the Korean culture is so wonderful :X I think Korean is so difficult for me to learn but i still want to learn it
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ohh okay thanks alot, i guess korea is more open to that kind of affection
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Posted 12/30/08

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EDIT: This is all really good information but I just want to add a little bit about school life. In Korean schools, starting from middle school, MOST schools require you to wear a uniform and have your hair to be cut a certain length. If you don't follow these rules, you get hit by your teacher and sent home.

Also, in Korea, all healthy males have to be drafted into the military and stay there for two years (my cousin is going this winter) In the military, they create certain schedules for you to do and the schedule consists of activities such as shooting, running, and even jumping out of airplanes



i've delayed commenting on this post because i haven't taken the time to read it all, but several months back i DID read most of the history of hangul parts and they are all accurate as far as i know. i'm just posting this to say that even though i haven't read it all, this poster seems to have done their homework, cuz just as i'm thinking... "welll they can mention this too..." they do. so kudos. for what it's worth i'm just saying i vouch for it...
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Posted 2/6/09

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OMG!!! the Korean culture is so wonderful :X I think Korean is so difficult for me to learn but i still want to learn it


korean is one of the simplest languages to learn. When i went to the national korean museum, i visited the section where the korean language was first invented and there was a quote from some harvard professor who just loved the way the korean language was made. Idk how to explain it but its a really different feel than english, but once you think about it it really is indeed a pretty simple language to learn
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Rofl. i don't even know all this history stuff about korea well, even though i am one.
Guess it's cuz i move too much. But nice to know x3
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is it safe to travel there now?
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