I recently asked my subscribers and followers on SNS if they had any questions regarding Korea, the culture, or about my life. And I received an overwhelming response of questions that ranged from my dating experiences to how safe it is to live in Korea. I attempted to answer as many questions as I could and ended up deciding to make this a two part series so I can answer a majority of the questions. In this first part, I answer questions like “Is it easier for some like you (being half-korean) to become a permanent resident of Korean,” “What is the current status of the feminist movement in Korea,” and “Are Koreans becoming more accepting of foreigners?”
Some of my favorite questions I received were the cultural thought provoking questions, especially regarding Korea’s acceptance of people of other races/cultures. A viewer asked the following question: “based on my limited exposure to current South Korean culture from abroad in the states, there appears to be an awakening in some areas with the younger generation’s acceptance of people of other races and background. The way I addressed this questions was by offering my observation that Korean society as a whole is in a transition period where mindsets and paradigms are shifting between the older generations and the younger generations. Korea has been known for many years to be a “hermit” nation in addition to be an extremely homogeneous people group. It was until recent times (by recent times, I mean just a few decades ago) that Korea drastically opened it’s borders to broader exposure to the outside world. I mean, Koreans couldn’t even freely travel or move out of the country until the late 80s. Now with globalization taking place along with the westernization of modern Korean society, the country as a whole are beginning to be more open to other cultures and societies, especially the younger generations.
Definitely check out this video for more interesting questions and answers!