Koreans are rude?
June 25, 2008 9:00am CST
I find it astounding to see the amount of respect koreans have for their elderly but once they associate with other nationalities, all respect goes out the door. This attitude really pisses me off! Have you ever come across koreans such as these? By the way, i am not generalizing so to the koreans out there, chill!
• United States
30 Jun 08
Yes first we definately shouldnt generalize this to all Koreans! My husband is Korean and none of these facts hold true with him. I have met many Korean Middle agedwpmen and I am only speaking of the some that I have specifically met and they can have a seperatist attitude. They speak of the "Americans" like they aren't one themselves. I have had this discussion with my mother in law several times. I always say you are American!! It is frustrating but if you are not generalizing you should say "SOME" Koreans. To the person who said they are "inferior" you proved with that statement that you are obviously the smaller minded inferior one. No race is inferior. None of us did anything to become the race we are so how can there be any order?
30 Jun 08
well, as i said i am not generalizing. however i sense a trend nowadays, this is how the young koreans act. it is quite sad but it is what it is. everyone is entitled to his/her opinion so that was my opinion. you have yours and you are entitled to it. nevertheless, i am not calling koreans dumb or stupid or anything derogatory, just stating my observation. have a nice day.
30 Jun 08
You are of course entitled to your own opinion but honestly, how does your mother in law and "some" koreans you happen to have met, deal with you? How many koreans aside from your mother in law and husband have you had dealings with/ When we say Koreans we mean koreans in general because that is their nature as a nation.Sure appreciate how open minded you can be about other races but just because you happen to have married a korean should not let you make the mistake of thinking that majority of koreans are like your husband. So why do you have your problem with your mother inlaw who does not think and act as an American? maybe, she's just being "arrogant" just like the rest of her fellow koreans?
• Hong Kong
22 Feb 09
What I've heard is that the Korean society is still pretty conservative regarding inter-racial or mixed marriages. For them the idea of the purity of korean blood, bond to their ancestors and the Korean language make up the Korean ethnic identity. About their attitude when it comes to socializing with foreigners, I've asked around Koreans and they say the politeness system is something that only applies within themselves Koreans- both you the addresser and the other person the addresse are obliged to such customs. So when you as non-korean deal with those haven't been exposed to other or Western cultures, often they would have no idea how to interact with you. Again, there're rude and well-mannered people everywhere.
25 Jun 08
I fully agree with your observation. Koreans are shrewd and rude and arrogant and forget all the basic rules of courtesy when dealing with other nationalities. They seem to think they are a superior race (shades of nazis) when in truth they are quite inferior. They don't even know how to speak english (majority of them). Their arrogant attitude stems from their mistaken notion that just because they were able to improve their economy much faster than other Asian countries in the bottom rank that they should be treated as superior beings. They just don't realize it but hey have a very bad reputation among other asians and they deserve it.
• United States
29 Jun 08
i definatly agree! i have a major intrest in the asian community but the only thing i have a problem with is that when theyr in the grocery store and they run over your foot with theyr cart they look at you like you should get down on your knees and pray for forgiveness. they act like they can be rude to you as if your beneath them. I have some respect for all cultures that make a new life for theyr families in America but i think if your ganna live in some other country and they give you respect, a good job, and everything you could possibly ask for in life, it should be MANDITORY that you respect the people who originally lived there before you!
19 Dec 09
On the neutral side. Most or many of them. I taught English to Koreans for 2 years and even stayed with them in the school dormitory. They really give high regard of their culture. They are ethnocentric, to be honest. Also, they unknowingly discriminate other nationalities, yet some of them admit this flaw, some of them deny it. it's half half situation. Many Koreans like their culture, many Koreans too dont like their culture. It will still be cultural thing. Like us Filipinos, it resembles ambiguity in our tradition and beliefs... cheers! ^^
• United States
17 Jun 09
i would say that they are generally rude or snotty in some way but i have to add also that they act a lot like americans in the same rude type of "attitude". maybe that's why i don't like americans or koreans for the most part or most people in general lol. actually, what i've found is people are pretty much the same wherever you go apart from superficial cultural mannerisms and ways and that everyone is the same. what's disheartening and the real problem is most 'humans' are not that good a people to begin with and that's what you really notice when you scratch the surface no matter where you go and that is you run into the same types of people good, bad, smart, dumb, moral, immoral, snobby, genuine etc.
• South Korea
10 Jun 10
I agree. I am 66 years old on my second visit to Korea. Each time I board a crowded subway, the young people sitting in a seat will merely glance at me and stay their ground. However, I have had people in their 40's and 50's actually give up their seat for me! I am convinced the young people of Korea are very rude!