Koreaboo Stories

Aug 26 2014

I Like Pretending to Be a Koreaboo?!?

Wanna ask your stance on this: what about fans that jokingly say “I wanna be Korean” or “I need a Korean man” or stuff like that? I mean I joke every year for my birthday that I want a korean man but in reality the culture barrier is not something I can get over to marry someone internationally (I’m Persian living in Kuwait). What do you think of self-aware fans that joke about their obssession? And how to respond to people who yell at you “you fetishizer!” “I wasnt serious!!!” “LIAR! KOREABOO!!” and it’s like…. I make crazy jokes about everything like “I will eat a horse” but I won’t do it! Help? How to respond?

admin’s note: my biggest problem with this is where is the line between kidding around and genuinely koreabooish behaviour? you are literally doing all the same things that koreaboos do, except “jokingly”. unfortunately, saying “jk!!!!” at the end doesn’t make the ideas you’re perpetuating less offensive. 

my stance is that you should probably stop. if you want to make k-pop jokes, then fine, but you shouldn’t be surprised when people call you a fetishizer or a koreaboo. does a non-black person using the n-word as a joke make it any more acceptable? (that’s an extreme example, of course, but you get my point). just think of how it would sound if someone was joking about really being into persian women all the time, etc. 

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Anonymous said: I know that I shouldn't lump k-pop fans with koreaboos, but I (I'm Korean btw) can't help but immediately put my guard up when someone tells me they like k-pop. tbh, I think koreaboos have ruined k-pop for me forever. I was casually into it when I was about 14-15, but immediately left all fandoms and stopped listening to most of it soon after.

i know a lot of koreans who feel the exact same way as you, anon, and it’s not an unfounded feeling at all. being guarded around a group that you’ve found to largely be offensive or which has made you uncomfortable is completely justified. 

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Anonymous said: To the half Korean anon - I'm half Asian too! and over the years, I've pretty much discovered that 1. You really don't HAVE to tell people what race you are (it's not like you're admitting a crime or something) and 2. Your race DOESN'T define who you are as a person. There are so many unique things other than your ethnic background that make you who you are, so don't feel like it's the only thing that defines you. You are a unique, wonderful individual, and don't be afraid to just be you. :)

this is good advice! but also remember that nobody should ever feel afraid should they want to claim their korean identity; to some people, ethnicity is a big part of who they are. 

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your subconscious nationality is koreaboo you mean

your subconscious nationality is koreaboo you mean

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Aug 14 2014

Anonymous said: When I first started reading it I was wary of being considered a Koreaboo, but after reevaluating my stance and how I behave and react, I realized that I'm not and have become more conscious of typical koreaboo behavior when I see it. It's all too common for non-Koreans to become Koreaboos because they're uneducated about Korean culture and make generalizations. It took me witnessing koreaboos in the flesh to understand the difference between a very dedicated fan and a straight-up koreaboo.

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Anonymous said: Bruh did you really just that HAHAHAHAHHAHA people who are educated type the same way just so you know. Lol anyways I'm just gonna say this, if you graduated High School.. Delete this blog.

you make the exact same pattern punctuation, capitalization and grammar mistakes consistently in every inane message you send me. “did you really just that”. 

bye. 

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Anonymous said: Being a hardcore K-pop fan doesn't necessarily make a persona a koreaboo. I love K-pop and have for years but I listen to many different genres of non-Korean music as well. It used to worry me that I listened to "too much k-pop" because Koreaboos annoy me so much and I never want to fall into that stereotype, but I think so long as you're respectful of Koreans and Korean culture and don't idolize/fetishize/demonize someone based on whether or not they are Korean, then you're in the green.

looks like you’ve got the idea, anon! 

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My friend and I went to japan recently. She styled in Korea for a while and when visiting japan, she just has to compare everything to Korea. Btw she’s obsessed with kpop. All she talked about was how hot guys are in Korea, and whenever I take her out to shibuya or the subways, she starts saying things like “you call this night life? Korea is way better” “you think this is a lot of people? Wait till you see Korea” everywhere I take her and show her she has to compare to Korea, when reality she needs to know that many countries are inspired by japan and thus have similar info. Example japanese metro stations and the Shinkansen, many countries are inspired by the high advanced technology and pop culture. She goes around japan waving her kpop fan around and people are staring at her. When I take her to japanese restaurants she has to say “Korea has it too” I was so me annoyed when she said boba tea in Korea was the best. I am Taiwanese and boba tea was originated from Taiwan, many foreigners love the boba in Taiwan, it’s like everything in Korea just has to better. She kept saying how japanese currency was so confusing unlike Korean currency which I’m really confused why. Japanese currency and american currency are very similar example 100 yen is about $1… She is so obsessed with Korea that she is going to move there and teach English along with “having a half asian Korean baby” my whole trip was ruined because all I kept hearing was Korea this Korea that Korea does things better. I have Korean friends I don’t mind about Korea, but when you’re visiting another country, one shouldn’t be so closeminded about culture and have to compare everything to another.

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Anonymous said: This is very ironic. YOU HAVE NO LIFE, who the fuck took their time making a damn blog for "Koreaboo" you my friend, needs friends. Go and socialize because this blog is pathetic. If someone is passionate for something, why putting them down!? The world is for everyone, GUYS DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

oh my god, are you still hanging around? you literally type the exact same as the past two hate anons & the koreaboo i called out a while back. this will be the last time i respond to your hate. 

firstly, this is a submission based blog, which means most of what i do is click the “publish” button or copy-paste submissions into a text post if the submitter wishes to be anon. this takes me no time at all. i don’t see where you would assume i’d have no time in my day to see my friends, which you are in no position to make assumptions about because you don’t fucking know me. 

secondly, you are one hate anon amongst many others who have told me how much they appreciate this blog. which means that i care less about your opinion than i care about dryer lint. i dedicate my time to putting down koreaboos because they’re harmful. i have followers sending me asks saying that they’re afraid to tell people that they’re korean, that they worry for their younger siblings who will grow up as koreans. i have followers who have had people tell them that they must be korean to be pretty, that chinese culture is gross and cheap compared to their ill-perceived ideas of korean culture. you might not know this, anon, but hearing these things hurts. and if i can get one, two, twelve, twenty koreaboos to smarten up and realize that their behaviour is problematic and hurtful, then god damn it i will do it, even if it means shaming them and putting them down.

so get your ray bradbury, pier 1 imports inspirational quoting ass out of here. 

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Anonymous said: These days i'm so scared of telling people i am half korean. I mean, it's obvious when you meet my mother but not everyone will right and I don't think, personally, I look very Korean. To be honest, having two names fucks me over ya know, like a constant identity crisis.

many mixed people share the same identity crisis, you are not alone. the best thing to do is to make contact with other mixed individuals who share your feelings, and whom you can talk to about things like this! 

also, you should NEVER feel scared or ashamed to claim your korean heritage. fuck the koreaboos, fuck the racists, you are korean and you are allowed to be proud of that, no matter how white-passing you may feel. never let anyone discount any part of your ethnicity. 

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