Finally. I got around to writing the 2nd part of our Misconceptions series. If you haven’t read the first part yet, well, please check it out first. As I mentioned last time, this is a joint project with the now certified musical actress, Ms. Cherish-Maningat Bae (so proud of my 친구). You see, we realize that many girls need to be brought back to reality especially those who blindly go “OMG UNNI I WANNA HAVE A KOREAN BOYFRIEND, TOO *flail flail*!!!
We do not in anyway mean to offend anyone, especially Korean men (the love of our lives are after all, one of them). These are all but based on our experiences, observations and other people’s testimonies. Our only objective is to make readers realize that guys from Korean dramas and movies are fictional characters. May this blog series enlighten readers, especially those younger girls who are easily swept off their feet.
Misconception About Korean Men #2: THEY ARE ALL GOOD-LOOKING (The examples and explanation in this particular article was by Ms. Maningat, who has been more exposed to the men in Korea, and edited by Kring.)
Ahahaha! THIS. THIS SO MUCH. Most people’s exposure to the Korean world is through K-dramas and Kpop and of course, almost all of the boys there are good looking 멋있다 meoshida, 우유 빛칼 uyu bit kal (white skin), 꽃미남 kot mi nam (flower boy) and all that jazz. However, if some Pinays only knew (especially those who haven’t gone to Korea), my mother included, this is not always the case in the real non-TV world. Actually, you don’t have to go far to prove that you can more or less find dashing, breath-taking, makalaglag-panty Koreans only on screen or on stage. Just look at the Korean men in the country. Or Jimmy Kim. (I love you, bebe! Tsuptsup mwahmwah~)
I believe you, Jo In Sung.
Perhaps you’d think that the Koreans here represent a small percentage of the Korean population. Well, in terms of number, you’re probably right. But surprisingly, the Koreans in Philippines is quite a decent representation of the general Korean population – middle class, who can afford to study English abroad, or those who start businesses in Philippines because Korea is already too saturated.
Cherish attended an art university in Korea and majored in stage directing. She got to work with the acting majors in her department, who pretty much all want to be actors.They’re really good looking. I’ve seen them. They’re K-drama-material and I’d date them if I was single *winks*. But once she steps out of the campus and goes out into the real world, like when she rides the subway, she’s brought back to reality.
According to her, there are categories for some men, who unfortunately are stereotyped. Let’s enumerate some:
1) The School Boy – Glasses, knapsack, earphones + playing with their smart phones, sneakers, skinny jeans.
2) The Employee - Old men who reek of samgyupsal + soju + cigarette combined; suit (usually gray) with necktie that’s normally colored purple or pink. Talks on the phone like there’s no one around them or like they’re always angry. This goes with really old men and those who are categorized as 회사원 or company employee.
I’ve seen quite a number of drunk men in the streets. Drinking seems to be the national pastime.
3) The Fashionista - They dress up like they’re in a fashion show, although they’re just riding the subway. All of them have different styles, but once you spot one, you would automatically think “Oookkkaaay, that’s a bit too much…”
4) The 가수 댄서 aka Singer-Dancer – Not the the real singer/dancers, but those who are trying to be one. According to Cherish’s hubby, these guys would do everything to follow the footsteps of the real 가수 댄서 singer-dancers. They would cut their hair and color it like their idols’; they would dress and move around like their fave boy bands, except they take the public transpo. Very similar to The Fashionista, although the former’s a bit more “high-end” than the 가수 댄서 singer-dancers.
5) The Hiker / Mountain climber 아저씨 Ahjussi – Matching windbreaker jacket and pants, hiking shoes, knapsack and hiking stick. Often times, you’ll see these men in the subway at around 6-9pm. They usually come in 3′s or in a group and sometimes you’ll see them drunk.
Not all men fall under these five categories obviously (Jimmy Kim included), so please do not think these are big picture generalizations.
So some people would think “they may not be all good-looking but at least not many are ugly”. Which brings us to another point – many would do everything to be pleasing to the eye and we shouldn’t take that against them. Plastic surgery is biiiiig business in Korea and for a reason. They’re not just for women or celebrities. Real, normal, everyday people regularly go under the knife, too! Heck, Jimmy’s barkada has had multiple facial surgeries!!! Korean men also get double eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, jaw correction, cheekbone reduction, forehead implants, lip and botox injections, etc. and for one main reason – TO LOOK GOOD, to make a good 첫인상 cheot insang or first impression – because in Korea, a person is almost always defined by other people’s first impression of him/her so it only makes sense.
Double Eyelid surgery – most common cosmetic surgery procedure in Asia. Can you imagine some Pinoy kids got teased growing up for having big eyes?!?!
That’s where the expensive designer bags, clothes and shoes come in, too. Korean guys would also buy these expensive things (Cherish’s husband, included) to showcase them to the world. [Additional note: the female version is called 된장녀 dwinjang nyeo - social climbing girls who always wear 명품 myeong pum (designer) items from head to toe, and they wear high heels no matter where they go. They also ONLY hang around really rich men and women, too.]
Well, we can’t blame them. They live in a society where physical appearance is much more important. It’s all about packaging and imaging and we all know Koreans are very good at that. I’m not saying it’s not important in the Philippines or whatever, but guys who’d ride the MRT looking like they’re a member of an idol band will most likely have his phone stolen here.
Wow, this has been a very informative entry and even I learned a lot from Cherish. She sent this to me prior to our Korea trip so I really “observed” when I went there and man, she was spot on! Of course, there are also many good looking Korean guys, don’t get us wrong. MANY, as iiinnn! But to think that ALL, if not, most Korean guys are hot is like thinking all Filipino men are worth sleeping with just on the basis of Gerald, Sam, Piolo, Richard and John Lloyd.
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