“I’m a Korean Girl”

Despite its title, this is simply a classic rendition of the way young women typically behave in Korean dramas.

The flip-side of the aegyo (애교) phenomenon, that behavior is precisely why I don’t watch them too, and have a real concern about the effects on my 2 daughters as they grow up seeing it every time they turn on the TV.

But don’t get me wrong: the video’s hilarious, and thanks very much to @Mentalpoo for passing it on!^^

37 thoughts on ““I’m a Korean Girl”

  1. I’m a Korean gir’l 이 동영상 정말 기분 나쁘네요….한국 여자 무시 하는 건가요? 당신 주위의 한국 여자는 매번 그렇게 울상으로 말하나보죠? 그렇게 울상에다가 징징 거리는 말투….당신 주위의 한국 여자가 당신이 표현 한 것처럼 어리광 부리고 징징 거리면서 울상으로 매달린다면 당신은 불행한 남자군요….당신 주위의 여자가 그런다고 모든 한국 여자가 그럴 것이라고 표현 하는 당신도 쓰레기입니다. 그리고 “왜 때렸어?”라니요? 한국 남자들은 매일 폭력을 사용 하나요? 한국인들이 폭력적이라고 표현하고 싶은건가요? 정말 실망입니다.다시 한번만 이런 식으로 한국 여자 조롱하고 한국 남자 폭력적이라고 날조 한다면 당신 신상 까발려서 인터넷 세상에 발 붙이지 못하게 만들것입니다. 명심 하세요.

    • 이 포스트에 대해 완전히 오해를 하신것 같은데, 이 동영상은 한국드라마에서 20대초반여성들과 여성청소년들이 전형적인 행동에 대한 풍자를 보여주고자 한것입니다. 당연히 모든 한국여자들이 그렇게 행동하지 않는다는 거 잘 알고 있고, 제 주위의 여자들도 그렇지 않습니다. 저는 단지 저의 딸들이 이런 드라마를 보고 결국 그렇게 행동하는것이 당연하다고 자라는것이 걱정이 될뿐입니다.

      다음번에는 화가나서 코멘트를 달고 협박하기 전에 먼저 생각하면 좋겠습니다. 전형적인 네티츤처럼 행동하지마세요.

      p.s. 답글을 다시는 동안 포스트를 약간 수정하고 있었습니다.

      • I couldn’t tell whether or not this guy was seriously making threats, or just trolling (honestly, with some Korean netizens, it’s impossible to tell…). How fortunate that I can’t type in Korean on this public computer, otherwise I would posted a response even ruder than Michael Hurt’s.

    • 한국 네티즌들이 나쁜 평판을 얻은 것이 당연하군요^^

      하긴 이런 종료의 풍자는 문화 차이 탓인지 저 분이 이해 안 되나 봐요.

    • 이 건 위협인가? 약속인가? 당신은 한국의 대표적인 온라인 테러리스트네. 누가의 의견을 싫어하면 꼭 위협하는 거네. 그런 파워 있냐, 개새끼야? 어떻게 해봐 이 병신아. 나 지금 니 수준으로 소통하는 거니까 어떻게 덤벼라, 씨발놈아. 말로만 위협하지 말고 어떻게 해보라고. 너같은 놈은 이런 말을 더 쉽게 이해할 수있지? 제대로 토론을 하거나 논리적인 보기를 보여쥬거나 그런 식으로 의논을 할 수 없는 한국 네티젠이지? 왜 누구랑 동의하지 않으면 꼭 위협부터 해야 되냐?

      그래서 지금 니가 말한대로 내 친구한테 뭘 하지 말고 나한테 힘껏 어떻게 해보라고. 너같은 놈한테 소송을 보내서 돈 벌고 싶네, 이 멍청아.

      • Nice. :)

        Just one complaint: I really cringe when I hear Koreans use “병신” as a pejorative term. I happen to have relatives who are mentally disabled, and my parents forbade me from ever using it as an insult since I was old enough to watch television. The same principle should apply to anglophones who misuse the word “retarded” in ugly ways.

        Korea has come far in its treatment of disabled people, but it still has a long way to go, and I think a little sensitivity toward the plight of the unfortunate could go a long way there.

  2. For what it’s worth, that could also stand for an extremely good impression of most of the Korean boys I used to teach ^^;;;

      • I’m now wondering how old the concept of aegyo actually is . . . if you watch older movies and dramas, it doesn’t seem to appear much or be positioned as an attractive mode of femininity. Mind you, I haven’t seen a really wide range, and it seems to be more of a comedic trope . . . at any rate, any film/drama historians know about it’s appearance in the media?

    • After assuming that the Brits produced nothing but brilliance like Dr. Who, Vicar of Dibley, Monty Python, and a vast range of costume dramas, I can’t begin to tell you the damage when I sat down one day and accidentally witnessed the travesty of “Footballers Wives.”

      • I’m a bit out of touch with my British soaps, but I had to admit that I’d much prefer their relative realism to the fantasy lands of American and especially Korean ones.

        Having said that, a co-worker who is a K-drama addict enjoys some of them (especially High Kick Through the Roof, or 지붕킥) because many gags about students in it matched his experience of tutoring, surly students in their homes. So I guess they do have some things people can relate to occasionally.

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  4. Funny. That guy’s other clips have ended up on the Korean Nate video site, with tons of comments and views. Girls come off pretty bad in K-Dramas, but then again everyone comes off bad in those dramas! The feeble guys, the ignorant bosses, and especially the grandmothers and grandfathers (you feel the screenwriters REALLY want revenge on someone from their youth). I guess that’s a result of hysterical overacting and simple characters. Then again, that’s soap for you.

    As I’ve noted before (at least I’ve posted a clip), the ‘aegyo’ outside of dramas is depicted sort of half-mockingly, half-genuine. There’s an ironic distance to it, yet it still pops up all the time. Maybe the young generation is in the process of adapting it to the new world, doing it as a gag more than anything else. Could neutralize it to some degree, I suppose.

  5. “If ever catch you mocking Korean women or suggesting that Korean men are violent again, I’ll turn the whole internet against you.”

    Because *that’s* the side of Koreans that we should be seeing instead? Yikes.

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  7. People need to relax. It’s amusing and impressions are rudimentary to comedy. Is it biting social commentary? Is it satire? Perhaps, but either way everyone who’s offended should get a grip. How many times has Noh Hong-chul played a “stupid” foreigner? Are we offended? Nope, we laugh with him.

  8. LOLz spot on. I confess I am a drama addict, but more often than not I find myself disappointed by the female characters featured in them. The one I’m watching right now, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, is a nice change from the norm in that regard, but your daughters are probably too young to watch it!

    I have a question, though: does that netizen’s ire stem from the fact that he’s a foreigner? Or that he generalized to “Korean women”? I wonder because, as abcfsk pointed out, on variety shows aegyo’s done as a gag, or for guys to swoon over the cute girls (e.g. in the new show Bouquet), and they sometimes ask guys to do it too, but it isn’t considered mocking, so it can’t be because he’s male, right? Or maybe it was that the “girl” seemed to be complaining more than anything else?

    • I’d wager it’s because he’s a foreigner: unfortunately, all too many Koreans have a knee-jerk vitriolic response to virtually any perceived criticism of Korea.

      I’m sure you’re well aware of that of course, but still, if you ever come to Korea you may be simply amazed at how your normally cool, intelligent, and completely rational friends can turn very aggressive and defensive in a heartbeat over things like this. Including (sigh) those you’re married to.

      Having said all that, on this Korean forum at least they seem to love it, so perhaps we’re all spending too much attention on the opinion of this one netizen!

      • What’s funny is that we often echo (in private) the exact same complaints that foreigners make about our society. How sad that this phenomenon prevents people who are otherwise in compete agreement on certain issue from openly exchanging ideas.

        Of course, and then you hear the typical responses to criticisms directed toward our society. You know, “please understand our situation”, “you don’t understand Korean culture”, etc. I suspect that this is often due to poor English vocabulary, rather than an unwillingness to take criticism.

  9. I love aegyo and it’s flip-side. It’s one of the charms of korean women. Of course, it’s only cute when cute girls do it. And they have to be korean, or at least asian. A white “woman” couldn’t do aegyo no matter how hard she tried. Well, they could, but they wouldn’t be cute. But… that might just be because of my hatred towards western women who think it’s ok to get fat, dress and behave like men and act like a bitch. Ughh.. i need to get out of this feminist hellhole called the west and go back to east asia, where women are women.

  10. My hat off to you my friend. Isn’t it about time someone made public what REALLY happens in the world of plastic surgery and smelly breath???

    Of course, under the guise of dramas that portray the women as something akin to a deity. Just visit Korea for 5 mins and witness the lies these dramas attempt to convey.

  11. Hello, it’s me again. Guess what? I’m not a Korean girl. I just found that comment under the youtube channel of the author of the video http://www.youtube.com/user/trueheart101 and posted it here, because I sometimes visit this type of blogs. I didn’t check any replies after that, but now when I’m back here I’m a bit shocked, especially when I read Michael Hurt’s comment. Sorry to disappoint you, but “Miki Yung” did not even know her/his comment was posted here, so all that anger was wasted. I did not expect that someone, who I think of highly, would write such comment and the rest of the readers (and the owner) here think it’s funny. Seriously shocked. I thought this was a blog of intellectuals for intellectuals. I guess I was wrong.

    • Let me see: you post another person’s threatening rant on a blog, with no indication whatsoever that it’s not your own; don’t check back for replies; then finally deign to show up after over a month, only to find yourself “shocked” at people’s angry reactions to that rant, and seemingly quite smug that “all that anger was wasted”?

      That’s called shit-stirring in my book, and gets you an instant ban.

      Good luck avoiding similar shocks with that behavior in the future, although you might want to consider purchasing some heart medication first.

  12. This is really funny!

    I have to confess I’m a drama addict, but there’s a reason I don’t let my 12-year old sister watch with me… I don’t want her forming any ideas about relationships between men and women based on what she sees in dramas. I’m 24 and I enjoy it as a fantasy and an escape from the stress of my real life. Plus every once in a while a really great drama comes along.

    I definitely wish they would portray stronger and more intelligent women in dramas though. A lot of times a female character starts out so great, and then ends up weepy, spineless and completely dependent on her man (usually once they have acknowledged their love, lovely subtext there, huh?).

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