Koreaboo Stories

Jul 31 2014

Anonymous said: Do you consider the non-korean idols in kpop koreaboos?

is an american business man who works in japan a weaboo? no. non-korean idols are just working, it’s their job.

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 /sighs heavily
koreaboos need to love themselves



 /sighs heavily

koreaboos need to love themselves

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no really

what is it with calling people oppa and appa and umma and unnie and noona and hoobae and dongsaeng and ahjussi and ahjumma

if you’re not korean

and the person you’re talking to isn’t korean

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Anonymous said: [part 1] So, I just want to clear up something. I think that if you're not Korean, but really interested in the Korean culture then you're not necessarily a koreaboo if you do these things: 1. Speak the language to other people, such as Korean friends you've made. My best friend is very open to doing strange, new etc things so sometimes I teach her random Korean words. Whether it's in Hangeul or just romanization. Sometimes she and I use these words to each other. I also speak Korean to my other

[part 2] Friends that I communicate with online that know Korean. I do this in Hangeul, and mainly to practice and expand my vocabulary as I really love Korean and I think it’s really cool - it’s so different from English, and as someone who’s main strength is languages, I really want to eventually become fluent. Does using Korean make me a Koreaboo? That’s how your blog seems to portray this. NO. I use it with people who are interested and to practice. Not because I want to be Korean.

[part 3] 2. Listening to Korean music (not just pop, but rock, rap etc.) and watching Korean dramas or TV shows also doesn’t make you one. If you listen/watch these things, that’s cool. It’s good that you enjoy things from another culture and it demonstrates your tolerance towards things different to yourself. But your personal views make me feel as if I shouldn’t; that only Koreans are allowed to talk about Korean media to their friends and whatnot.

[part 4] Just generally, your blog is making me feel that what I do makes me some sort of fake or weeaboo. Korean music is what opened my eyes to the beautiful culture and history the country has behind it. Yeah, it’s not the best way to be drawn into a culture, but I’m glad it drew me in. Am I a koreaboo for wanting to teach English? No. I think that South Korea is a beautiful country from what I’ve seen and it’d be a pleasure of mine to live there. The fact that I’ve grown up wanting to go

[part 5] I’ve grown up wanting to do a job that helps/benefits other people so I’ve incorporated my adoration of the Korean culture and language into this, so why not help other people learn a language that is stupidly vital to their success? It seems logical to me. Just because I do these things, and find Asian men and women attractive like my English neighbours, it does not make me a Koreaboo. I don’t run around screaming “omo!111!!!! oppar saranghaeyoooo <3 !!!11!!”, which IS a koreaboo…

first off, you forgot to hit anon for your subsequent 4 messages, but i’ll do you the favour of keeping this anon. 

secondly, i see that you are 13 years old. it’s good that you’re going to hear this now, so that maybe you can stop yourself from taking that last step off the train onto the platform in koreabooville.

i don’t know if you’re new here or something, but for the TEN THOUSANDTH TIME, LEARNING KOREAN DOES NOT MAKE YOU A KOREABOO. i have never said that it did. nor have i said that watching dramas/listening to korean music makes you a koreaboo. most of the people who follow this blog and contribute to it are k-pop fans themselves. i’d assume most people came across this blog after spending some amount of time in the fandom. what i have also never said is that there was anything wrong with appreciating korean culture.

that being said, pretty much everything you have told me that you do has hints of koreabooism. unless i have misunderstood, you a) speak broken korean with your friend and “teach her korean words” even though you yourself do not speak korean fluently (i also resent the insinuation that there is anything ‘strange’ about the korean language, that savours strongly of exoticism). b), it seems that the extent of your studying of the language is by taking in korean media and then talking to other people online who are likely also just ‘learning’ korean. you mentioned nothing about taking a class or studying out of textbooks or even contacting a korean penpal. c) you used the “k-pop opened my eyes to a beautiful culture with a beautiful history!!!!!!” cliche which may be true for some, but d) you are still under the delusion that despite never having been there, korea is a perfect magical country that would be a pleasure to live in where e) you would like to join the age-old order of “k-pop fans who want to want to be english teachers in korea” so that you can f) teach koreans the english language under the typical white-person pretense that “english is vital to the success of anyone anywhere no matter where they live or what they want to do with their lives”. bonus: you (exclusively?) find “asian” men and women attractive but “so do your english neighbors!!!! so it’s not just me!!!!” 

you are young. you are naive. i beg you to have a sit-down and REALLY think about what you’re doing and if you are truly interested in learning about korea for the sake of an interest in the country or simply because you like korean pop culture.

tl;dr: if you feel personally victimized by this blog, you’re probably a koreaboo. 

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Anonymous said: My friend is a Chinese American who runs a blog for her Korean studies in attempt to improve her studies by communicating with actual Koreans and others who are also learning Korean. I can tell she is genuinely interested in Korean culture and language and she is definitely not a Koreaboo by your definitions, but her blog keeps getting hate by people calling her a Koreaboo, but she's too afraid to stand up for herself so can you give any advice to her, please?

the people calling your friend a koreaboo are likely just projecting their insecurities because deep down, they know that they’re guilty of being koreaboos, where as your friend has worked hard and taken the time to study korean and learn the language properly, and seems to be doing it in a way that is respectful. if you were a koreaboo who came across a girl who’s knowledge extended far beyond your “oppa saranghaeyo!”, maybe you’d be a little intimidated too. 

anon’s friend, keep doing what you’re doing! i’m sure you’re making tons of new friends, and that’s worth any hate you’re getting. also remember that there’s no shame in blocking people who insist on trying to tear you down: you don’t need that in your life. 

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Anonymous said: I was paired with a random stranger on omegle who likes "kpop". Usually they're nice, but this one was typing in hangul. I could tell right away this girl wasn't Korean, though claiming she was from Seoul. I wanted to tell her off but saved that for later to see how far she'd go. Her spelling and grammar were severely incorrect (ex. 고엔찬아요) and even if she was in Korea, it was 10:15 am on a Tuesday KST so she should've been in school. Just before leaving she said she's a 13yo girl from Scotland.

(Part 2) Basically this was just before I was going to leave myself and tell her off for pretending to be a girl from Seoul but having terrible Korean. I regret not just telling her as soon as she made the first few mistakes. She disconnected before I had the chance, but it just scares me that these kinds of people exist, trying to convince other people of being Korean but not being Asian at all and not even knowing basic Korean, really.

(Part 3) It was obvious she used GT. I’d like to point out all the mistakes though, and this ask box isn’t even large enough to include them all: 1) she misspelled 괜차나요 as “고엔찬아요” 2) she didn’t understand when I used fairly basic Korean phrases and shorthand (like saying I’m Chinese/Japanese but not Korean; she didn’t know ㄱㅅㄱㅅ either and responded w/ phrases most Koreans probably wouldn’t use vernacularly like “무엇?” 3.) although she said she was from Seoul born in the year 2000, she understood when I

(Part 4) used English phrases that most Koreans her age wouldn’t have learned in school yet. I mean they were really long English phrases and she said something weird in completely incorrect Korean about knowing how to read English but not knowing how to speak it. 3) I asked about her social media and she said she didn’t have any accounts, which is uncommon given her age and location (seriously 13/14yo Seoul kids not having any social media at all?) 4) it was 10:15am KST on Tuesday (what about school?!)

(Part 5) so I had plenty of reason to know that she, in fact, wasn’t in Seoul and wasn’t a Korean girl at all. 4) she introduced herself like this “내 이름은 조 유빈입니다” and there are seriously so many other ways to type that, but she made up this Korean name and typed the sentence all weird too. 5) there are so many more mistakes but why would you try to convince yourself or other people that you’re from Seoul when you’re a 13yo Scottish girl who obviously doesn’t know Korean culture or language?

wannabes truly will say anything to feel like they’re part of something they will never be part of. 

ps. in the future, i would really appreciate it if these long asks could be sent through the submit box instead! 


Anonymous said: How do you feel about people who like k-pop/dramas and want to learn Korean because of it? Like fully learn the language, not just little words or phrases.

as i’ve said before, there is NOTHING wrong with learning a language. however, it’s my opinion that people need to seriously think about why they want to learn korean. if it’s simply because of k-pop and drama, i am unconvinced that anyone would have the motivation to learn it properly. languages are an important part of a culture, remember that. 


I don’t think I am a Koreaboo, but if I am..I’m so sorry

Although I really enjoy Kpop and Kdramas, and am guilty of fangirling sometimes on twitter and such (once in a blue moon depending on my mood because most of the time I’m emotional and mentally exhausted due to personal issues) but I actually enjoy Korean language and culture more. And I read your admins note on a post and I actually sat down and thought about why I’m so interested on all things Korean and why I am interested in being an English teacher in SK (mostly to escape my life at home/get far away and to embrace and experience a new culture and be around new people and know an interesting second language and inspire people to not just love English but to love the aspect of literature in general). Oh and this blog has very interesting to posts read, you’re doing a great job as admin(s)! (:

admin’s note: thank you very much! making people seriously think and question their motives, as well as making them more aware of the importance of a wide appreciation of the culture instead of just things pertaining to kpop is one of our main goals here at koreaboostories, so this was nice to hear. 


Anonymous said: I'm an admin for a kpop fanclub and organized a meetup for us all to go to dinner together the night before KCON. Naturally, KBBQ seemed like a good idea, since it's popular amongst our members and more fun to eat in a group. I did get really uncomfortable with some comments from our members about "cute Korean waiters" though and just ignored them. Like, can we not go to a Korean restaurant without them ogling the staff? Embarrassing. How should I handle it? I don't want a bad rap for our group.

honestly, i’d just tell them straight up that if the waiter/staff member overhears them, it’ll probably make them uncomfortable so they should probably respect them and stop. or just tell them that if they keep doing that, they’ll embarrass the group. 


Anonymous said: I attended a Kpop concert and the racial segregation amongst the fans was subtle because of the crowd but I saw it quite blatantly after talking to several people in line. Non-Asian fans started making comments about the staff being cute and it made me so uncomfortable. The lady I was with and I had both had enough. She did nothing short of embarrassing them for their comments, and while I wouldn't have said anything, it was pretty funny to see them get grilled.

it’s always funny seeing koreaboos called out in public for their bullshit.

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