In this Q&A session, your homie Keith talks about asshole Korean men, bad Korean highschool kids, and we even have a short love story
Keith: Of course there’s bad kids in Korea! The Korean gangsters have to come from somewhere right??
As for what bad high school kids in Korea do? Well, I think it’s mostly the same anywhere. Not going to school, smoking, alcohol and sex. That kind of stuff. But there’s no gangs or anything like that. Sure kids will fight, but that’s just kids being kids. There’s no turf wars, or drug disputes because drugs are suuuuuper illegal in Korea. Any kind. So no for drugs or gangs. But yes for smoking, alcohol and sex.
Keith: First I think this might be the first time I’ve heard the words ninja army used to describe night cleaning. But this is definitely not the first time I’ve heard… the public garbage complaint. Many foreigners complain about this when they first come to Korea. Why does Seoul not have public trash bins? I want more trash bins! Give me more trash bins!!!!
I’m not sure if this is the main reason, but in Seoul, you have to pay for these special plastic bags if you want your trash picked up. If you don’t have it, they won’t pick it up. But if there were free city garbage bins everywhere in Korea, people could save a tiny bit of money by throwing out their stuff there. And you must remember, Korea has ajummas. There are plenty of women who will walk with trash on their head with no shame just to save a few cents.
Keith: Priveet Rachel! For Russian speakers, I’ve met a few ethnic Koreans from Kazakstan and Uzbekistan, and they speak Russian. Yes, very nice! There’s even a small Central Asian neighborhood in Dongdaemun. I actually went there last week. And I saw a store with a whole wall full of only… vodka. So if you need a conversation in Russian and/or a bottle of vodka.. maybe at the same time.. just go to Dongdaemun.
But for speaking English? Iunno man, I think a lot of Koreans speak English. Like… the first time I came to Korea was 11 years ago, and me and my friend would be talk about people just for fun… “yo, this girl right next to us smells like puke…” and there’d be no problem!
But these days, you can’t be doing that. People be popping up behind your back saying, “what do you say???” Gotta be careful.
So yea, I think a lot of Koreans are ok at English. Not everyone’s fluent. But in the cities, I think everyone understands the basics. And there’s definitely a lot of people that can understand quite a bit.
Keith: Uh…I don’t know…. But I think I found one in the comments!
A Native American or a Twilight fan.
And I think she’s right. Remember, they’re men before they’re Korean. And sometimes guys think with… body parts…… and you know… they’re not very emotional body parts… and sometimes guys are assholes because of that. I think it’s more about being a guy than Korean. So don’t hate on Korea, hate on the entire male gender
Keith: Aww that’s nice man. Hope you have an awesome time Ibrahim!
Keith: Ana, I’ve been living here for quite a bit, and I do not know. If you’re not sure what Ana is talking about, sometimes if you’re walking and someone is walking towards you, sometimes you will get CRUSHED! The easy thing to do is step one way to avoid getting hit all together. But it doesn’t work like that in Korea. Most people just kind act like nothing happens after a crush… and just keep walking.
Ana… I don’t know why…. T.,T It’s just something you have to get used to. I usually just give people stink eye :).
Keith: The monsoon season is usually sometime in July. It usually rains every day. And yes, it is humid. July and August both are hot and humid. But you should be straight if you’re coming from Singapore, girl. Singapore so hot, la?
That’s it for this week’s Q&A! If you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you want to know! Holla atcha boy!
Keith Kim is a Korean-American living in Seoul, Korea. He likes espresso shots, photography art and he loves his Playstation 3. He started seoulistic.com as a hobby site, and is now in the process of turning it into a full-time business. Wish him luck! Check out his blog for an uncensored view on entrepreneurship, dating and life in Korea. Personal Blog: gyopokeith.com Facebook: facebook.com/gyopokeithkim Twitter: @gyopokeith Youtube: "Gyopokeith e-mail me anytime at: gyopokeith [at] gmail.com