Western women dating in south korea

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Many foreigners are not prepared for the level of ‘possessiveness’ that can occur.

Minor example: One young Canadian told me that he kept breaking off with various Korean g/fs because they called him dozens of times daily - including while he was working - and did not understand that he found this annoying.

They warned her that any romance with a foreigner would not only ruin her own marriage prospects but would also make it more difficult for her brother and sister to marry.'' If I have a foreign boyfriend, then it's kind of a bad point on our whole family,'' the woman noted -- speaking in Mr. Although she lied to her parents, insisting that she had no foreign boyfriend, she has continued the romance, in great secrecy.'' Sometimes I just wish that Frank were Korean,'' she sighed.

A Korean woman who holds hands with a Western man risks being occasionally harangued, called a ''whore,'' or even slapped or spat upon.

The more he complained about it, the angrier the g/fs got.

While you didn’t ask about marriage, be aware that a lot of cultural differences also cause problems here.

The antagonisms are particularly deep when the American is black, as many of the soldiers are.'' A Korean woman must never date or marry a foreign guy,'' said Kim Hee Sup, a 34-year-old male office worker.

Having said this, I should note that I’ve seen some happy marriages between Westerners and Koreans.

But unless stats have changed dramatically (and I read this a decade ago so it’s quite possible it’s changed), I’ve also read the Korean govt’s data indicating that a whopping 90% end in divorce, though the vast majority of Korean-foreigner marriages are not to Westerners, but other Asians.

She was a 21-year-old Korean university student, and he was an English teacher from Canada, and they were ''just friends'' who sometimes had a meal together. While that may have been a bit extreme, the reaction underscores the profound anxieties here about romances between Korean women and foreign men.

Beware cultural differences if you date a foreign woman, though.

Obviously it depends on the culture, but here I’ll stick to Korea (though many similarities with China/Japan).

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