Still Doin’ The Questions Series

Hello there! Sorry I haven’t been around for a bit (been two weeks actually), I was actually out of town the last week in Calgary for a tournament I helped out with. I should have informed you readers, but I kind of forgot. Oh well, now I’m back and I’m just about to start another blog about questions I dislike. I guess these are more rant posts if anything, but it’s actually quite amusing to come back and read some of this stuff (Maybe not for you, though). This week’s question has to do with a bad word.

“Hey! So, since you’re Korean, do you know what ‘shi-bal’ means?”

The word is “shi-bal” and it’s usually a term that replaces many swear words in the English language. It can be used to insult someone; such as a “shithead or fuckwad” type of thing. It can also be used, apparently, as an expression of distaste. For example, in the English language:

“Ah, fuck, I got fired from work”

The “fuck” in there would be replaced with “shi-bal” in the Korean language. But you can not just use Korenglish (merging of the two languages) and go:

Ah, shi-bal, I got fired from work because of that shi-balnom”

Why? Because you sound stupid. Don’t do it, please. Ever.

One thing I don’t like when people ask it as well, is that they follow it up with,

“So when can I use this word?”

Are you fucking kidding me? Don’t ask me that, it is a BAD word. Much like how when I have Asian people ask me when they can use words like “shit” and “fuck”. I tell them don’t use it to insult someone (although at this time, I’d like to point out, I’m a huge hypocrite when I say that).

I honestly do not want people to go out and start saying this word to Korean people. They would get offended and probably give you the cold shoulder. I’m pretty sure my dad would also give you a shout or something and scare the crap out of you as well. This word is bad, I hate answering the question on whether I know what it means or not. Growing up and being called it by your parents isn’t exactly how you want to learn what it means either. But I mean, I think they had every right to call me one if I did something completely stupid at a competent age.

So I think I’ll end this one here. Here’s the TL;DR version of this post:
Don’t like being asked if I know what a bad word means, stop trying ask me if I know when to use it or how to use it. DON’T go around and start saying it to every Korean you know or ask them the same question. Although, for that last point, I hope you’re smart enough to understand that saying a bad word to an older person isn’t getting you any respect, and going to get you a beating in Korea.

-WWK

Questions I Dislike Hearing – A Small Series

Hello and welcome back,

Now I realized that I haven’t written in this thing in a week, and I said to myself “Is this really what I want? A blog that isn’t updated a lot?”. To which I replied to myself, “No, but I figure I’ll just update it weekly”. I say this because it gives me plenty of time to think of topics and jot down some stuff for a draft. I hope to keep going along with this idea, as I have some whiteboard space just for this blog. Anyways, let us get started with this week’s entry.

Now there are many things in a conversation with other people that I really don’t like to hear. I think a lot of us are like that (by us, I mean people in general). But there are many questions that I get when certain topics are brought up and I don’t like them. You will notice that the title says “A Small Series”. The reasoning behind it is because I would have a super long blog post on several things I hear. Therefore, I’ve decided to split the questions into separate blogs. I would like to say some of the topics, but I think I’ll keep them “secret”.

Today, I’d like to cover a common question I get whenever someone finds out I’m Korean. It really irks me because I have no idea what they’d do if I answered the other way. I’m sure other Koreans get this question a lot, too. If they don’t, well they are lucky as hell. The question that I really dislike the most out of all these ones is:

“So, are you from North or South Korea?”

Every time I hear the North Korea/South Korea question now, I just want to punch them in the face; but I remain calm. One might wonder “Well, why does it bother you so much?” and the reasoning behind it is simple. Why are you asking me where I’m from if you know I’m from Canada? But then you may ask “They could just be asking for your ethnic background“. In all honesty, there really isn’t that much of a difference in my eyes. The only difference I’ve ever learned about was the accent that North Koreans have over the South Koreans. Oh, and the whole dictatorship thing, too.

That may not answer as to why it bothers me so much; so I’ll continue. Another reason why it bothers me is because what do they plan on asking or do next if I were to ever answer “North Korea”. I’ve never done it before, but I’m pretty sure I will next time. I have no idea what they’d do with that kind of answer. If I were to say it, I’m sure most people would be like cool or something to that matter. But I’m sure there are those who would seriously ask “So, what was it like to escape?” or “Did your parents have a hard time leaving?”. Do they also plan on reporting us as refugees or people who have escaped the clutches of Kim Jong Il (Dang it, it looks like a Roman Numeral 2)? Stupid thoughts like this run through my mind, and for some reason it just bothers me. Perhaps I will one day answer North Korea just so that it doesn’t seem like I’m being a completely ignorant fool.

Maybe I just feel that the people who ask that question should already know what part of Korea I’m from. Granted I don’t wear a South Korean flag on anything I own. The only time I do show some KP (Korean Pride) is during World Cup and Olympics. Even still though, people should somewhat know what conditions in North Korea are like, right?

So the next time you ask a Canadian Born, or even an American Born Korean where they’re from, just ask what province/state/city they’re from. It’s just easier to answer.

– White Washed Korean

Please note: These blogs are solely my opinions. I really don’t want to come off as arrogant, ignorant, or whatever else is bad out there. If I offend you in any way, I apologize in advance. Thanks

 

Hello World! First Post!

Hello,

You may be wondering why this blog has such an odd name. Hell, you’re also probably wondering:

“What am I suppose to be reading here?”

Well, to that I can say this. Welcome to my blog as the White Washed Korean. Here you will basically find my ramblings on my past and present on certain things about living life as a Korean guy who acts a lot like a Caucasian guy. This blog may start off slow, this is due to the fact that I, in fact, suck at writing. Hopefully though, I get more and more things rolling.

If you wish to know more about me, there is the “About the White Washed Korean” tag above. If you wish to know more than that, well I think I’ll post that some other time this week. I just kind of wanted to get something on the first post because I feel a blank pages means that nothing will actually happen.

Good day!

-WWK