Of course if your best friend is from the good ol’ Dae Han Min Guk (Korea), that means you’re chummy enough to talk about your sexy time escapades. But if you’re so close to all your Korean friends, you might want to know why sex, drugs and politics aren’t the best conversation topics.
Talking about Sex in Korea
Although some Kpop music videos are sexy enough to get banned on national TV, if you’re talking to your Korean best friend about your buttons being pressed last night by your Korean boyfriend, your gal pals might give you awkward half smiles. Generally, in Korea, sex isn’t talked about as openly as it might be in other countries, and more people in Korea are on the conservative side. Of course there are people that are comfortable talking about the topic of sex (boys will be boys). But most people in Korea won’t be comfortable talking about your ex’s… shortcomings.
Talking About Drugs in Korea
Some countries have loose anti-drug laws, resulting in people that are comfortable using, being around and talking about drugs. But Korea’s anti-drugs laws are not loose at all. The possession of, use of and selling of any and all drugs are considered big offenses that usually result in jail sentences and a people that aren’t comfortable around the stuff. Bottom line is, drugs are super illegal in Korea. You won’t see some homies selling some oregano on a street corner at night, hear stories of your ex-boss going on a cocaine binge, or see people at clubs enjoying velvet couches a little too much. So if you ask your Korean co-worker for a hook up, you might find yourself spending a few nights in a Korean jail!
Talking about Politics & History in Korea
Politics can be a touchy subject anywhere in the world. There’s always disputes and people have strong opinions. We’re here to tell you that many Koreans have strong opinions about Japan related stuff. There’s Dokdo Islands, which has resulted in people getting tattoos with the nationalistic phrase, Dokdoneun Uri Ttang (독도는 우리땅 – “Dokdo is our land”). Sometimes people get some fired about about this stuff that they burn innocent things. There’s also the super touchy World War II sex slave topic, too. Of course there are other political/historical topics that can light fires under people’s butts (i.e. American Military in Korea, North Korea, historical disputes with China, etc.), but Japan related conversation topics tend to be hotter than the rest.
What are some topics that have made your conversations uncomfortable or fired up?
These conversation topics won’t make the best first impression, but if you want to know a few ways you can make a good first impression, check out these things you can do:
8 Ways to Make a Good Impression in Korea