Some would venture to say that I am an artist
I have a tendency to offend.
Most describe me as a bohemian wanderer.. and an old soul
I have far too many interests.
This is my art, my life, and my adventures.
I think Koreans will find it difficult to understand why foreigners are so annoyed by Korean nationalism. I’m not someone ignorant of Korea’s history and struggle to get where they are today. It’s actually amazing that the small, once impoverished country is now Asia’s fourth-largest economy. Korea is a truly unique success story.
However, I do have to disagree with you when you say Koreans don’t claim their culture is superior. They actually do this, and frequently. And it’s both extremely unflattering and abrasive, mostly because they do it in conjunction with belittling the cultures of other countries.
Some examples of this sense of superiority can be seen in the way they promote their food (“healthier than every other kind of cuisine”) tourist destinations and written language (“Hangul is the most scientific written language in the world”)
It seems that the main goal of Korea’s “Hansik” campaign, or Korean food campaign to promote its cuisine internationally, is to discount other international cuisine. Instead of focusing on the vibrant flavors, colors, etc. of Korean food, the campaign repeatedly talks about how much better Korean food is than the food of pretty much every other country. It claims it’s healthier than the Mediterranean diet. It claims that while Western diets will cause obesity and a slew of other ailments, Korean food promotes health and longevity.
Why can’t they simply focus on how delicious Korean food is? There’s no need to compare it in a negative way to the food of other countries. A while ago I actually saw an article about the Hansik campaign in Europe, and the backbone of the entire street campaign was basically to talk about how much better Korean food was than European food. I wish I could find the article, because the posters they had made were particularly cringe-worthy.
And while Koreans will go on and on about how Kimchi is the greatest food ever invented and how it can cure a million ailments, no one here will ever talk about how it is strongly linked to stomach cancer, which is ten times higher in Korea and Japan than in the U.S.
So yes, I have no problem with someone promoting their culture and being proud of their country and heritage. That’s admirable. But promoting your own culture by looking down on other cultures with an air of superiority is obnoxious and pompous.
It’s like having that one friend who is super braggy. Even if they are deserving of praise for whatever it is they’ve accomplished or overcome, no one finds that kind of egotistical behavior endearing, and it certainly isn’t going to garner anyone’s respect.
Not trying to be rude, but don’t you think American’s are just like this too?
I mean you mention their pride in Hangul (which is actually considered to be the most logical alphabet/writing system in the world by most linguists) But American’s act like English is the best language.. and EVERYONE needs to speak it..no matter where they are..
Then about the diet.. even American’s do the same thing. People who are vegans think being a vegan is the BEST option, or people who are gluten free think that being gluten free is the BEST option (which neither of these are necessarily true.. but might have some truth to them) and so on and so forth. And our fast food restaurants are spreading around the world like wildfire. That’s why this guy bulldozed a McDonald’s in France.
While most Asian countries were being infected with bird flu, Koreans missed out on it because of the kimchi. So, there is some truth to their promotions, even though they are exaggerated.
I agree that it can be obnoxious when people are overly prideful of themselves and their country/culture… but a lot of people do it. and it seems that all the foreigners in Korea are on your side, but none of the Koreans… does that not say something to you?
I mean.. Foreigners come to america and talk about how terrible the language is or the customs.. etc. etc. and I even get a little irritated, because it is America, and they knew what they were getting into when they came here.
It’s hard to look past yourself and see your own flaws, but it’s super easy to point out others.
and I’m sure this will get me nothing but hate from everyone who agrees with you, but I’m prepared for it.
I would say, just have some patience with others.
Mark Twain (via letstraveltheworld-2014)
I find it comical when women think I care about
If one titty is slightly bigger than the other
Bumps or discoloration
If I have you naked in front of me and I am naked too, the only thing on my mind is where am I putting my mouth first