South Korea, the land of Kpop and Korean Drama, not my style though. I came in Korea, 3 years ago, thinking that life here will be better than in my country. At first was hard to adapt, because of the culture difference, the food, the mentality, everything is different and a lot of things that I considered normal, were not normal for korean people and vice versa. Stupid example : ” Oh my God! You are so fat! You have to lose weight!”. Keep in mind that they are not your friends, they’re just friends of your friends. Before you think that this happened to me, let me stop you. No, not to me, but it happened in front of me. I felt so embarrassed looking at my ” fat” friend’s shocked face. In that situation, common sense zero!!!! I can’t generalise and say that there’re all disrespectful, but sometimes one says or does something that makes your jaw drop, and after that you need like 20 minutes to pick it up and put it back.
I have filipino, korean, mongolian, american, english and spanish friends here. I don’t care where are you from, gay or straight , what is your occupation, or what color is your skin as long as you are a good person, a person from whom I can learn something. I’ve never experienced racism till I ” landed” in Korea. I was denied the entrance in a club in Gangnam only because they thought that I’m russian. After I shown them my alien registration card, that still said no, because “Romania is a Russian country and we all speak russian language “! You dumb ass!!!! Romania was never part of USSR, and our language is completely different! Russian language is slavic language and romanian is a latin one. One of my american friend went to a job interview to a kindergarten and they didn’t hire her because she is black. The reason was that “the children will be scared because she is not white”. Yes, they said that in her “f”word face. This is racism, not what happened to me. Nice!! Good job!!
As a foreigner in Korea sometimes it can be hard. Some of the employers will not pay you on time, or they will pay you less than you deserve, they will kiss your ass only when they need you and once they don’t need you anymore, your face will be just like toilet paper for their ass. One of my jobs here was through a recruitment agency. After the first month of working they told me that they sent my salary to another person, and a have to wait until they receive the money back. Finally they said that I will receive my salary at the end of the second month. After 2 months of working a received 212.000 won, let’s say 212 dollars. When I talked whit my recruiter she told me that was a mistake. No, no was not! I went to the her office, because she stopped answering my calls, and she told me that she “forgot” to tell me that the company takes 55% per month commission. Say what?!?!?!?!?! In the contract that we signed was specified that the commission is 3.3%. I went to a lawyer that, well, practically told me that it’s better to “let it go, let it go” (Frozen style ).
Now I am working in another place, my co-workers and boss, all koreans, are very nice. Thank you God, I don’t have the same problems like before. I’m not trying to say that living in Korea is soooo bad, and this country sucks, because it’s not true. Korea is a beautiful country, with nice people, but please don’t think that korean dramas are real. Shit happens sometimes. The same things can happen in other countries too, so please be careful. Korea, like any other country, has good and bad parts.
P.S.: Again, excuse my grammar. Me small english. Me romanian.