I saw this comment (also screenshotted below) on twitter that made me lose my mind because it’s funny, but mostly it’s so true. Two years ago when I was preparing to go to Korea, I saw a lot of these kinds of videos. I still see these types of videos being made on Youtube.
There may be some small cultural differences when it comes to how dating works in one culture versus another. But for the most part, the basics of dating is the same everywhere. You either hit it off with someone or you don’t. I find it peculiar that things like “Dating in Korea/How to Date a Korean Person” (specifically, a guy) is seen as some big mystery. Then you read/watch about them and find that it really isn’t a big mystery. Surprise, they’re just like any other human being. (Then again, I don’t care to date in general, so what do I know? ¯\_(ツ)_/ ¯)
I’ve also never really got why some people have to be specific about the race of their partner (i.e., “My Korean Boyfriend”) for no particular reason. I don’t think it’s a big deal to make content that discusses specifc experiences that have occured because you and your partner are from different backgrounds and how it might have affected you. I think it’s unnecessary to make something titled “Me and My Korean Boyfriend Go Bowling.” What does being Korean have to do with bowling? It feels like “showing off.” It feels like fetishizing. It’s no better than if a Korean person bragged about having a foreign partner like it’s some type of cool achievement.
I don’t know. It just feels gross. Especially since the people who go to Korea or any Asian country, and make these videos, wouldn’t do it about their home country.
Also, once you’ve seen one video called “Clubbing in Korea: Storytime” you’ve basically seen them all.