Originally Posted by wil318466
While there very well be some strange/retarded behavior by some of them, I wouldn't classify them all as wife-beating racists. You could get the same treatment in the US coming from a different country and it'd be the same thing as if someone classified all US citizens and racists.
Korea's history with Japan is also something that many outsiders would have trouble understanding.
The reason I would skip Korea is that open and nasty racism towards non-Koreans is part of life and never punished or brought to social light. You are always wrong, as a foreigner, and Koreans are prefect.
Truth is they hate having foreigners here. Even my co-teacher said she doesn't like foreigners and I have to work with her.
Granted every country has some nut jobs who believe that being born here is better than there but in Korea it's almost like it's taught to everyone. National Pride is one thing. It's even so bad that where I live they don't trust people from the mainland. It's almost comical tbh.
Even the news media plays overly racist anti-Foreigner programs such as this: http://www.expathell.com/?p=4338
I will give you that Korea and Japan have had a long history with Korea getting the short end of the stick but does holding a grudge and treating all Japanese people like crap do any good?
At my local store one night: I walk in and see the owner working. Now my cat had just peed on my fav shirt so I was a little upset. He said he was angry too. I was like why? "Those people are Japanese!" I was like what?
He was angry at a young couple from Japan who are spending their hard earned money in his store only because they are Japanese. This couple was maybe 35ish. They didn't do the bad things to Koreans.
I want to say that I don't dislike Korean people or the culture but I do dislike the treatment of non-Koreans by the majority of Koreans. Ask American football star Hines Ward about how he was treated for being half korean? His mom was spit on by other Koreans for marrying a black person.
Go to Korea, experience it first and then get back to me.