That is why foreigners SHOULD live there if they want too, so that they get used to it. I had a korean Airbnb at my house once that told he was "afraid" of black people nnot because he was really racist bit because he was ignorant. He never saw any in Korea so he was scared of the cultural difference between them, how to act and talk in front of them etc. So, if no blacks ever decide to go there if they want to, Koreans will never learn.
When I was in Korea I went many days even weeks without seeing a black person, and that with me being a foreigner and seeing other foreigners. It can happen very easily. For a lot of people it's only what they see in media online of in TV and movies, and for them a lot of that will be limited further by language barriers :/
Naw! ... don't let these comments misguide you. I've lived in Korea, and fell in love with a Korean woman. As with every nation, there were a few who didn't like me because I'm American; but they were few. I love Korea; it's a beautiful country with beautiful, hard working, intelligent and compassionate people.
Some subjects are difficult because some will take offense even though none was intended. The Army send me to Korea in 1962. Korea was poor and devastated by the Japanese occupation followed by the Korean conflict. The military junta had recently taken power from the civilian government. There were few factories and jobs for men. Women had few opportunities and some had to resort to prostitution in order to support their families. Many felt education of women was a wasted effort.
The US military through agreements with Korea had Korean soldier attached to their units. These Korean soldier because of the need to speak English, some better than others, usually came from upper class families and had graduated from high school and many had attended college if not graduated. Korean soldiers were poorly paid and, unless their family sent them money, could not afford the cafeteria nor the theater unless treated by an American. Therefore, most spent their time in the recreational facilities for the soldiers.
Unfortunately, many black soldiers who had suffered discrimination themselves, discriminated against the Korean solders attached to their unit and the Korean women who worked in the bars including prostitutes. The Korean soldiers attached to American units did not want to go to regular Korean units where life was difficult. Because of this, the Korean soldiers usually took the abuse although many were adept is martial arts and could have easily defended themselves. In any conflict with the Americans, the Korean was automatically at fault and sent to a regular Korean unit and punished.
In light of the above, Blacks have an unsavory reputation among many Koreans. Many of these Korean soldiers attached to American units have achieved great success in business and politics. They have no forgotten about how blacks treated them during their service.
Of course there were blacks who treated their Korean counter parts as equals. There were marriages between blacks and Korean women. On going to America some of these women experiences additional discrimination from the families of their husbands and black women incensed that a black man married outside the black community.
Korea has come a long way, women usually attend school and many have attended and graduated from college. However, women are still not equal in every profession. My niece who graduated second in her engineering department was the last to get a job offer. She is now a successful engineer here in the US.
I believed that immigrants can bring benefits to their new country. However, every country has the right to set the standards for whom they welcome. Illegal immigration is too often a burden on the host country. Too often they are poorly educated and often illiterate. Many make little effort to learn the primary language of the county and consider themselves citizens of their native country while demanding all the rights of citizens of the host county. I have often volunteered in public schools to hopefully encourage immigrants, legal or otherwise, to become Americans and how to succeed in the US.
I lived about eight years in the far east including Korea and another four years in Europe. Of all the countries where I have lived or visited there is none that I would choose over the USA. My wife who experienced the Japanese occupation, the communist from Russia and China, the Korean conflict, retrieving her brother's remains from VietNam and moving numerous times around the world tells my siblings that they have never experienced war nor been third class citizens in their own country even though her family was highly education consisting to teachers, school principals, doctors, nurses, and engineers. The Japanese were no better than the Nazi, communists and dictators around the world. Were I forced to leave the US, Korea is not that bad of a choice. I would choose Korea over Europe as Korea is more free.
Read "Atlas Shrugged"
Yeah I watched some YT vids about how do locals feel about living in KR - mentioning how it was hard to find a job, the hierarchical work culture, the huge diff between rich and poor, etc. Also, watching kdramas would give you a hint or perspective on how the culture and ethics is likely in KR. Regardless, I still think that every country has its pros and cons and I would still love to explore KR and see things with my own eyes.
I agree. Living in remote areas of korea is not good idea. Moreover houses are superexpensive in seoul. Thanks duo