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Reverse Culture Shock: When You Go Home
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Cthulhu



Joined: 02 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Single 30-somethings on Dave's excepted of course.


Wahhh ... ! What about us single 40-somethings?


Hey, this is Korea--that's what a pojungmacha (soju tent) is for! Or a room salon if you are a wealthy businessman... Wink
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Yaya



Joined: 25 Feb 2003
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joseph Fitzgerald wrote:
We will be living in a small town in Mississippi, for a while. I told her that and she is satisfied with it.


I sincerely hope you don't settle there. I've never been to Mississippi but don't be surprised if she wants out quicker than you think. Among the people who like Korea and stay there a while are the ones from the more rural areas like Oklahoma and such, where there isn't a helluva lot to do.

In addition, I hear match.com is a big thing in LA but considering what dating a SoCal girl (Korean or non-Korean) potentially entails....
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The Man known as The Man



Joined: 29 Mar 2003
Location: 3 cheers for Ted Haggard oh yeah!

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

katydid wrote:
The Man known as The Man wrote:
little mixed girl wrote:
princess wrote:
I really miss the PC bangs. I can use a computer as long as I want. Back in my small town in the states, I have to use apublic library's computer. They act like people are going to steal them, because you can only use one for one hour and then they scan your card for a second hour. Even if no one is waiting to use the computer, you must leave after the second hour. Talk about weird!!! I don't have my own computer so I have to deal with it I guess.

dang...that's hardcore.
i work at a public library and u can use the computer all day if u want as long as no one's waiting.
lotta homeless ppl use it... Confused


Katydid, this post REALLY made me laugh


Glad you found it so amusing, TMKATM! Wink


I still find it amusing, Katydid.
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Barking Mad Lord Snapcase



Joined: 04 Nov 2003

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Homer (contrasting North America with Korea, June 2003) wrote:
Also, people are not as kind to each other back home in everyday life.
And there is a pervading fear of strangers too.


Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Sorry, but if your country is even more insular, impersonal and xenophobic than Korea (xenophobia includes fear of strangers, by definition), then it must be much worse than Australia.

And Australia isn't exactly Iain M. Banks material, either.
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

little mixed girl wrote:
i work at a public library and u can use the computer all day if u want as long as no one's waiting.
lotta homeless ppl use it... Confused

Sounds like San Francisco library. I recall this one homeless guy who just used Yahoo Chat all day long. Then later after the Library was closed.. he'd be sleeping just outside of it. Occassionally he'd panhandle outside of it as well.

I always wondered what he chatted about all day everyday.

One day I overheard him talking with another homeless guy about homelessness in Miami compared to San Francisco and how much better it was 'out here'.
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ryleeys



Joined: 22 Dec 2003
Location: Columbia, MD

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went through culture shock in the US just moving from my hometown to my college... I don't feel culture shock here... the things that I don't like (being kinda lonely and not really knowing anyone), I went through in the States... and the good things here are awesome, so no shock.

Lord knows what's gonna happen when I'm surrounded by Americans every day.
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ryleeys wrote:
Lord knows what's gonna happen when I'm surrounded by Americans every day.

You'll freak out. I always find it strange to read, see, and hear everything in English around me again.
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ryleeys



Joined: 22 Dec 2003
Location: Columbia, MD

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm actually concerned that I will have a Korean accent. I tend to adopt the accents of people around me just through hating my normal accent so much... so here I speak really broken English and it's horrible. I already get comments about things from my parents on the phone and I've not even been here 3 months!
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ryleeys wrote:
I'm actually concerned that I will have a Korean accent.

A Korean accent, eh? So you're gonna start confusing your 'r' and 'l' words.. and adding vowels to some words enging in consonants?

Do you think President Bush-EE will win the next erection?
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ryleeys



Joined: 22 Dec 2003
Location: Columbia, MD

PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Plesidenti Bushi wir rose to the democlat
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purrrfect



Joined: 03 Oct 2003
Location: In Toronto, dreaming of all things theatrical

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

last time I went home, during the summer, my first bit of 'reverse culture shock' was when I first arrived at Vancouver (the first port of entry coming from Korea).

It was about a year since the last time I'd gone home, and it just struck me as odd that all the immigration officials were Canadians. After a year where every foreigner you meet is an English teacher, it just seemed strange.

And when I got up to the front of the line, I tried to think of what I'd say in English, became tongue-tied, then just smiled, got my passport back and went on my way. It was at that moment I realized I really did need to spend a little time back home to brush up on my own native language!
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crazylemongirl



Joined: 23 Mar 2003
Location: almost there...

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't wait to go back to new zealand. Just over 2 weeks. It will be weird though as I don't sound like a kiwi so will get treated for better or worse like an american when I go back. Plus it will be summer yah me!

clg
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kiwiboy_nz_99



Joined: 05 Jul 2003
Location: ...Enlightenment...

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last time in New Zealand I found everyone pasty, fat, boring, uptight, and incredibly parochial, life in New Zealand just seems so dull to me now.
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crazylemongirl



Joined: 23 Mar 2003
Location: almost there...

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kiwiboy_nz_99 wrote:
Last time in New Zealand I found everyone pasty, fat, boring, uptight, and incredibly parochial, life in New Zealand just seems so dull to me now.


hey buddy don't rain on my parade.
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VanIslander



Joined: 18 Aug 2003
Location: Geoje, Hadong, Tongyeong,... now in a small coastal island town outside Gyeongsangnamdo!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've already posted about my reverse cultural shock in visiting my hometown over the holidays but here's a bit of "reversed reverse culture shock":

I wanted to wear shorts today Surprised even though it's snowing in Seoul.

You see, it was +10 C here on Geoje Island today, and i just came back last week from a Canadian minus-30 C with wind chill.

I guess I can't relate with Australians in Seoul Smile
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