Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Straight Forwardness!

you are gay

Many a waeg will complain about the Korean tendency to ask personal or intimate questions concerning finances, marital status, weight, religious persuasion, social and educational background, top or bottom, all within the five minutes of first meeting. Many a waeg will consider this intrusive, bordering on the rude, and repeated encounters of this kind will often sour a waeg against their most generous and benevolent Korean hosts and hostesses.

What these waegs don't get is that Koreans are all about ensuring the most happy fun time for everyone; by asking these questions, they are simply gauging the type and extent of happy fun time you can handle. It wouldn't serve to generate good feelings all around if you were a virginal fundamentalist Christian and found yourself dragged out to a room salon. As most waegs are only here for a gap year at most, and in keeping with the Korean 빨리빨리 attitude, it's best to sort all that stuff out quickly so we can all get on with it.

Usually these types of questions have never bothered me, as I long ago drank the Kool-aid and have come to truly appreciate the sheer delight found in all things Korea.

The average waeg would do well to simply answer the questions in a befitting manner, so they too can begin truly enjoying the sheer awesomeness found on this fine peninsula.


Anonymous said...

I agree, except when it is the same list of questions repeatedly asked by work colleagues to whom I have repeatedly answered with the same responses. At some point, after years of working together, the weekly small talk needs to move on. Time for the put down.

In this instance, I stop sucking the coolaid through the straw for a few moments, look around to see that there is an audience to witness what comes next, then calmly let them know that is enough, ridicule their memory loss, and finally threaten to ignore their very existence forever if this happens again.

Simultaneous to the sound of coolaid flowing through the straw again will be gales of laughter all around, and a much lighter mood for everyone, except for the victim who just got burned. Playing Q + A with the fencing foil is all amateur entertainment until someone gets a professiona poke in the eye.

Happy fun time, indeed.

F5Waeg said...

Enemies for at least a few months are created in those types of situations, but then sometimes you need to say it as it is to remind the perp that you aren't entirely a cut out of what they think you are. Most of the time I slurp on that coolaid, keep my big mouth shut, avoid poking the sacred cows, and wait.

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