We’re back! This week’s questions include: Is virginity prized in Korea? Is Korea conservative when it comes to sex? I’m lonely. How can I make friends in Korea? My friends bow to me every time. Why? Do you think Korea will win the world cup?
Traditionally, Korea’s a conservative society. So talking about sex in Korea isn’t as common as it might be in different parts of the world. Parents definitely don’t want to talk about sex with their children, even fully grown adults. And even friends may not talk about sex to one another. Also, sex is a bit taboo for things like national television or public radio. But that’s on the surface. The sex lives of people are for the most part considered a private affair. But then again, there’s softcore porn on cable television, sex shops in random neighborhoods and adult entertainment services too. So yes Korea is conservative for the general public. But when it comes to individuals, you may find differences.
What about virginity?
Because of Korea’s conservative nature, virginity is prized by traditionalist Koreans. There are matchmaking services that set people up to get married. If a woman had experience living abroad or living alone, they’re assumed to have had some sexual experiences. And this makes them less appealing in the eyes of the matchmaking service. But societal expectations may be different than reality. :P
I’m lonely. How can I make friends in Korea?
Korea’s a very group centered society. And that effects how people hang out with each other. Mixing and mingling with friends from different parts of someone’s life (i.e. college, high school, church, basketball, etc.) is not the most common practice in Korea. Instead, groups tend to hang out within their own circles, only occasionally introducing new people. So to make new friends, we suggest joining a group or a class. There you’ll instantly be part of that group, and automatically have a few friends to start. Good luck!
My friends bow to me every time. Why?
Hmm.. we’re not sure why. But there could be two reasons: 1. You’re significantly older than them or 2. They respect you a lot. If you are significantly older than them, then that’s totally normal. It’s just a thing that Koreans do to show respect, and in Korea, being older automatically grants you a certain level of respect. But if you’re of similar age, they may just be really respectful of you. The closer people get, the less they bow. No idea why they’re bowing, but at least you’re being respected!
Do you think Korea will win the world cup?
Dae~~~hanminguk! Of course we can hope every year, but if we’re being realistic, we probably won’t win. The heavy weights are all non-Asian, and the only fond memories we have are from 2002, when Korea actually made it past the group stage. It really was a magical moment, and everyone remembers where they watched the games. Hopefully, we’ll do well in Brazil 2014 too!