Korean Stereotypes

Click here for more ::: I asked a group of nine students what they want to say to the rest of the world about South Korea, or more generally, about Asia. They address a variety of topics, such as being good at math, being asked if they are Japanese or Chinese, and also cosmetic surgery. I've been helping these students prepare for their journey abroad to the USA this winter, and we thought making a video would be a great way to make a memory of the time that we've spent together comparing cultures, thoughts, and opinions. I'm really proud of what these students have achieved already, and I know they will all be wonderful broad-minded teachers in the future. I was inspired to make this film after watching Lena Khan's video "A Land Called Paradise". Please feel free to comment, ask questions, and leave your opinions.
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Re: Korean Stereotypes

The girl who brings up asking about age reinforces a stereotype in a very in your face manner.

Re: Korean Stereotypes

Dont follow you at all there? Reinforces what exactly? Being pretty? :)

Re: Korean Stereotypes

The fact that she says she wont ask goes to show the sterotype is true. If not true no need to say that.

Re: Korean Stereotypes

I don't see why the fact that Koreans ask frequently somebody's age is a "stereotype".

I think it's a fact, totally understandable given that in Korean culture age is very important, especially in determining the level of speech used, among other things.

Isn't a stereotype "a set of inaccurate, simplistic generalizations about a group "?

In the case of age, I think it's not inaccurate nor simplistic to assume that Koreans consider it important to ask somebody else's age when they meet them for the first time. Of course, lots of indirect methods to do this have been created, such as asking the year you entered university (학년), or the astrological sign.