Eva Karrin McKinnon
Teaching English in Korea
Hi Eva! I've stumbled upon your blog as I was trying to explain to my friends the whole 곷민남 phenom. As a Koream living in Korea, my experiences are a bit different from yours. I would love to chat with you about it. It might also be that you're teaching and I'm just a "salary (wo)man" as they used to call it. Either way, some things I thought were spot on to what I've been going through and others I'm fascinated to know where you're coming from, because it's wholly different from my experiences. Oh yeah, and my Korean sucks. So I think we're in the same boat in that manner, except I get yelled at for that. Cheers!
Hey Jane! What things are "wholly different"? Post it on here so we can get a discussion rolling.Obviously you're free to e-mail me, but it's always good to get a range of opinions.I look forward to browsing your blog.
What are the adoption laws like there? Is it pretty restrictive or is is open? Your little friend looks like a Ritalin candidate if I ever saw one. I'm sure he is showing off for the cute teacher. MUD
Hey Eva:Sure, I can definitely post here. I'm going to start writing on my blog what I regard is the good, the bad and the ugly sides of my experiences thus far in Korea. It's been quite an adventure, I must say.Hmmm, as for wholly different, I remember reading some of your previous posts and you mentioned that people here take it slow when it comes to relationships. I have to disagree. I feel there is this pressure to find a mate that I've personally heard of men asking women to marry them after the second date, which not only creeps me out, it would freak me out if it happened to me. I guess it happens in the US, but most guys I know are commitment-phobes. It might be the age bracket, because I'm a lot older than you (late 20's) and I get this impression that people here think once you are 27, you have to start looking. I've been told to go to matchmaking service where I would have to spend USD 5,000 to go on dates with 50 year old men. Ick. Also, I think it's different because I'm Korean-Am so people have different expectations of someone like myself. Definitely check out my blog! And feel free to comment! I'm going to start posting more frequently (when I'm not working) and also uploading pictures that I've taken around Seoul. My dad works at Suwon, so I know the area well enough. How do you feel about working in what is a smaller city and yet a subset of Seoul? Cheers!
Hi Jane,YES I'm going to post about that. My adult students and I had a long talk about dating in Korea, and I had the wrong impression.We also discussed dating between Koreans and foreigners, which was interesting. I'll add your link to my blog tomorrow. Cheers.***Mud,hahaha yes he has a healthy case of ADD. But he's cute enough to get away with it.Do you have kids?
Jane, A Korean American here (this one male). Regarding the speed of how relationships go through I think it may be different in different parts of Korea. I dated a girl recently from Seoul here in Los Angeles and things happened really quickly, even in the first date. Now I've dated a girl from Taegu and it's a lot more conservative there and she didn't let me kiss her until the 4th date and it was a closed mouth kiss too.... :PAlso, age plays a factor too. Young people in their teens and early 20's do take things slow vs. older people in late 20's or early 30's who get to the point much faster due to pressures to marry in that culture.
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