What it’s Like to Live in Korea as a Korean-American

I got a request from Eddie (?) from Seattle about what it’s like to live in Korea as a Korean-American. And I delayed so long, so I just had to do it today eventho I’m hungover. haha. There’s no bells or whistles with this video, but I hope you understand!!!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_f6B0w-0rU]

If you have any video requests, let me know!

13 thoughts on “What it’s Like to Live in Korea as a Korean-American

  1. Sarah Kim says:

    Do you have any non-Korean friends or friends who are married to someone of another race and is that acceptable or are they judged differently?

    • You have the same name as my sister!
      No, I don’t have friends like that. But I am sure the social dynamics are different, unless the person is very, very Korean (culturally & language ability).

  2. Vietnamese American says:

    What is it like as a Vietnamese-American living in South Korea? Specifically Seoul. Would I blend in since I’m asian or would they be able to tell that I’m not korean? What I am asking basically is how do korean citizens treat asian foreigners living in Korea? Are they welcoming and friendly? I ask this cause I plan to move to Seoul within a year or two.

    Thanks Keith. Your videos cracks me up all the time!!

    • I guess it depends on how Korean you look!

      But I think it’s like this… there’s already a ton of non-Korean Asians in Korea. So you won’t be as much of a novelty like those that are non-asian. Not as many “oohs” and “ahhs” if you know what i mean.

      Hope this helps! Glad you like my videos 🙂

      • What about African-Americans who visit Korea, mainly Jamaicans? (I’m Jamaican myself.) I’ve heard of how light-skinned people are treated there, but not darker-skinned people. Will they be bitter if we still show sincere respect to them?

        • Of course not! Respect is world-wide 🙂 Not to say there aren’t racist people in Korea. But even if you do run into racist people, they shouldn’t be worth your time anyway 😉 My personal belief is that respect will earn respect. I don’t think there’s anything to worry about.

  3. 아시나 says:

    Hi, I just discovered your blog and videos today and I think they are quite entertaining! Since you found some motivation, I hope you will continue to expand Seoulistic. I’ve enjoyed most of the material and think it’s a fun way to present Korean culture. I just finished watching this video and the short snippet about how all Korean Americans are linked in some way in the city and wondered if you have any ties to the adopted Korean community. I only ask because I’m Korean American myself, but most of my Korean American friends were adopted and came to Korea for various reasons as adults. I think the adopted Korean American community is pretty large in Seoul and a sub-community that isn’t really known by most people (including local Koreans!). I think if you make any more videos about what it’s like to be a Korean American in Seoul, it would be interesting to explore an adopted “gyopo” perspective, since we are often treated similarly while living in Korea. Just a thought, since there are many sub-groups within the identity of being “Korean American” and we might have different experiences/outlooks depending on our backgrounds. Either way, I’m enjoying your videos and looking forward to more! 🙂

  4. Maria says:

    could you, please, tell about people of what professions are needed in Korea? it would be useful for people who’s thinking about living there. Thanks!

  5. Hi, I just found your blog, as I am looking at teaching English in Korea, but I have some concerns, being not only a Korean American, but an ADOPTED Korean American. I feel it’s one thing if you already know about the culture and the language especially before going to Korea, but I know very little, which is why I was originally interested in teaching for a year there.
    How are Korean American treated if they can’t speak any Korean? It must seem…disappointing to people, no? And I know adoption is a sensitive issue there…..
    Thanks!

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