(한글)How China Changed My View of Korea, USA, & North Korea

(한글)How China Changed My View of Korea, USA, & North Korea

I was never proud to be a Korean. Now, don’t get me wrong I’m not saying I’m against my country or I hate my country or anything like that, but being in China made me think about was I ever so proud
of my nationality you know the fact that I’m Korean because in China the country where you’re from is considered very very
important and for some people it’s the main thing from which they form an
opinion and judgment about you and also in China it is considered very crucial
to think and speak highly of your own country Therefore many Chinese people
that I met in China show a look of surprise when I say I don’t really enjoy
kpop or don’t really watch K dramas and they’re also kind of shocked when I
don’t say absolutely nice things about Samsung and hyundai, and they are also
surprised when I answer “Chinese” to a question “do you think Chinese food is
better or Korean food is better?” which I’ve got a lot whenever I said I am from
Korea. And they kind of expect me or any other Koreans to be super proud of kpop
how you you know all the Korean brands because they are very huge
internationally. But if you talk to many Koreans you’ll notice that that’s not
necessarily the case and some will even have bad things to say about it.
It’s like Americans don’t necessarily or have to like Hollywood nor do British
people have to worship their royal family. Hollywood do get criticized
by Americans even if it’s an American thing and the British royal family do
sometimes get criticized by the same British even if it’s the British royal
family. I have many American and British friends
and they’re not like so proud of Hollywood and royal
that it becomes their lifeblood and they don’t get offended when I say I didn’t
enjoy watching certain Hollywood movies or when someone comments I don’t find
Prince Harry that’s charming things like that and this is because we normally
don’t associate talking about these things to spitting up myself right? If
something about my country is far from my preference we do have to right and
freedom to think and say that before worrying about is it going to you know
hurt my national pride and am I gonna lose face? What my country or other
people from my country have done whether that’s good or bad doesn’t represent me.
Simple as that. So I am Korean and I have a Korean citizenship and I was born and
raised here and let me talk about Korea. Korea has a huge cultural power
with internationally popular kpop, hallyu fashion and makeup brands and so on and
we also have a very big economic power. It has the 12 th biggest economy in the
world, and our GDP back in 1950 was – and now it’s – and
this happened in just 50 years. We started from starvation to one of the
most prosperous societies and this is an unprecedented miracle as a nation and
South Korea’s achievement deserve to be acknowledged. Howver, I think because of
all the seemingly good parts of Korea it’s easy for the outsiders, who are not
born and raised here and lived here as a Korea,n to think that Korea is somehow
perfect and I never thought Korea was a perfect country nor did I imagine that
people from other countries would admire and some would even be jealous of Korea so much like this until just a few years ago when I started actively hanging out
with a lot of like expatriates and foreigners who live and travel in Korea,
and most of them get good impression from all the
nicely put together people, well-organized and clean environment, facilities and
buildings of nice qualities, and think that “how can anyone live in South Korea
and not want to live here?” Even when I tell them about how high suicide rate, insanely high competition high standard and almost everything that’s
impossible to meet , 왕따 (korean word for bully) issues; they don’t completely
understand it. It just doesn’t come real to them because they’ve never
experienced struggles as a Korean in Korea and that’s not their
fault they actually don’t have to understand that. So I always thought
Korea is a good place to live for foreigners but not so much for Koreans
because they are usually the exception to the Korean society’s social rules,
social norm, social judgment that I believe are making making a lot of
people depressed ,miserable and angry and foreigners can just enjoy the nice
environment and facilities that Korea has created, and I always thought that’s
quite unfair because that’s 주객전도된 상황 All the
nice things that Korea has built are more appreciated and enjoyed by people
who are not from here. Koreans are usually not nationalists. We’re not like
proud or feel the need to be proud of our own country. Koreans in general have
more fantasy toward And usually when Koreans say they don’t mean well. Many Koreans especially younger
generation don’t think like oh I’m from Korea, I’m so privileged. Many of us actually have insecurities of being an Asian and we somehow think you
know people from the West will somehow look down upon us just because we have Asian looks and had Asian upbringing. And I
think not a lot of Korean people realize how much of a big influence
Korea has internationally and I think this is not all bad. It’s actually better
than you know a false belief or a silly sense of duty ingrained in us that we
have to protect our country’s image and reputation and think highly of my
country no matter what. It means we at least have freedom to think and say
honestly about our country and that’s good that means we are a democratic
society and I am grateful to be a citizen of a country that has achieved
democratic institutions good economy safe and organized environment
facilities and what not but at the same time I also know so many inner issues
that people are going through that should be taken seriously and be
redirected into a better path. I know that my country has upsides and
downsides and I can say this freely because I know my country does not
represent every single part of me. What my country has achieved is not what I
achieved ; its what my ancestors grandparents parents the past
government and maybe some luck too have worked together to build not just one
person or one element. I feel lucky and grateful to have been born in such a
developed influential and well-off country, but as an insider I cannot say
that Korea is so good and I’m so proud of Korea, everything so good in Korea,
because it is a country whose societal atmosphere made me have many suicidal
thoughts from very young age and go through so many emotional turbulence
self-esteem issues and so on but that doesn’t mean I should never feel
grateful because that altogether shaped the person I am today. I was more able to
develop empathy and it also made me think about
what kind of part or role I can take to help people who are suffering from
similar issues and help the next generation suffer less. When I was
younger a part of me always thought that it was unfair that I was born in Korea
especially when I was you know in the US where people are more open and have
grown up in a relatively chilled and diverse atmosphere and also looking at
all the Korean Americans and Korean adoptees in the u.s., I remember I envy
them so much you know seeing how open active and chill they are made me think
my life would have been so much happier if I was raised in the US. And I still
think u.s. is a really good country which I will talk about soon, but I also
think that the grass is greener on the other side because I’ve met many
northern Americans who presumed that I grew up with such privilege just because
I was born in Korea, and also told me how bad it was growing up in the u.s. things
like that and that made me think everything is relative and in one
country as insiders and outsiders we are going to experience and see things
differently. You could have been born in a country that is under a lot worse
conditions and you may think like why was I born here, it’s so unfair ,people in
the first world country have it better than I do, and I do understand that. But I
think life is not about what you were given but about what you do with what
you were given, and I think no matter how terrible circumstances you’re in, there
are always a hidden blessing and greater opportunities to be drawn from and it’s
all about attitude and perspective. I mean look at all the North Korean escapees who turned their lives around after escaping; they were born in the
worst and the most oppressed country in the world and even after they escaped in
China and in South Korea and in Thailand they had to go through a lot of terrible
conditions and had hard and long time adjusting to the new environment far
away from home. But they’re now living in such a graceful state of mind and they
are very enthusiastic about the second life they are given, and if they can do
it I think anyone can pull through. Back to USA, I think the USA is a great
country. Probably greater than many other developed and democratic countries in
Europe or in Asia. I don’t mean it’s problem-free; we’re talking about human
the world here so there’s no like problem free country
and I also know that just because I think USA is great that does not mean
like every single one of us citizens is great Just because I admire former
President Obama doesn’t mean everybody is like him right? So I don’t have a
fixed president or like opinion about a person based on their nationality
because that’s very absurd, because regardless of nationality and how they
are brought up culturally, everybody in the end has their uniqueness and
individuality and their own way of seeing things but I think we should
admit that USA has a strong democratic institution, diverse and open
immigrant culture, entrepreneurial society that provides so many
opportunities and cushions for many individuals to utilize and fall back
upon to make the most of their talents and potential. And it is no
wonder so many people emigrate or wish to emigrate to the USA; it provides
abundant opportunities to its citizen whatever educational cultural and
personal background they have and you u.s. society is more used to and tolerant to diversity and is more flexible for sure. The USA is a
country that gave birth to so many renowned individuals historically
whether that be inventors writer developers entrepreneurs and many other
outstanding individuals who not only have talents and knowledge but also a
sense of humor wisdom humanitarian passion and I think this is not just a
coincidence. It was all possible because of all the well built and
stable, inclusive foundation and institution. They used what was already
there, what was already available for them that the country has built and so I
think that’s why building more of such prosperous countries is very important
for the world and for the people because the more countries there
are that are able to offer many good service, resources and institutions, the
more people will benefit from them and the more inclusive those countries are,
people who weren’t born into the most privileged part of the world will
benefit from them too. And I wish Korea would become a country like that too.
Actually, Korea has so many potentials and we have already accomplished a lot
economically politically and foundationally, and we are already doing
a lot of charity and giving financial aid to other like poor
countries, but what we lack is tolerance and acceptance for difference
and diversity, and I’m not talking about diversity in race, language that kind of
self surface-level things, but more of diversity in humaneness,
and individual paths, respecting each other’s uniqueness, individual
personality, not putting everybody inside the same
box telling us this is what you need to do in this industry and in this industry
this is the way it works and if you disobey or do things differently you’re
gonna mess up. And it is true that Korean society in general teaches and
leads us to a very limited paths of life and that way the competition gets
inevitably higher and higher. I think the more the society lacks diversity or
tolerance for diversity, the competition among the individuals cannot but become higher and higher, because they only know of a few good paths that the
society taught them, and everybody tries to fit themselves into that narrow and
limited paths, and imagine how pushy and desperate people will become. And the more competitive the society is, the more stress, pressure, self-esteem issues, the intensity of conflicts between people will increase and become higher
and higher and it is only a matter of time before it becomes an abnormal amount
that we end up drowning ourselves. So as a Korean citizen, I really wish that
Korea becomes a country that embraces and appreciates diversity and encourage
individuals to think outside the box and discover their uniqueness and kind of
encourage them to follow their path. That way, we will be able to form a creative
dynamic, and diverse atmosphere and that will naturally bring sustained
prosperity to our country. Korea is still busy trying to build not just
individually but also politically, institutionally, and on a national level,
and that’s very good there’s nothing wrong with that but we have already
achieved more than enough and it is time that we take a break and look back upon
what we’ve done wrong and what we lack, and how we should utilize what we already have in a better direction. We
already have good economy, technology, intelligent human resources, and why not
use them into educating and raising awareness on human right issues, mental
health, friendship, love? Before I wrap up I recently
read the book called why nations fail and it is a very insightful book that
talks about what kind of political and economic institution decides a nation’s prosperity, why America has turned out to be one of the
most prosperous countries in the world, why’s there a huge gap between North and
South Korea, and why don’t all nations follow such ideal institution
and blueprint that would lead to prosperity. And I hope that many of you
read this book and get some insight and analysis, and furthermore hope you get to think about the true meaning of patriotism. True patriotism at
least partially is coming to terms with the problems of your country, knowing
what’s the best for your country’s growth and its people, and taking action
in line with that to solve the problem. It’s not denying, hiding, putting
on a good front and trying to build an unsubstantial reputation When you have a
toothache, you cannot say “No my tooth is so clean. I heard Sally has worse toothache, so I’m fine.” Because that’s only going to worsen your
toothache and it would be just a matter of time before you have to pull it out.
At least Sally recognizes that she has a toothache and she is taking
action to heal from that. And her toothache is getting better because of that. So, if you want to consider yourself a true patriot, then I suggest you take Sally’s approach. That was it for this video! I hope you like it. If you did, please give it a big thumbs up and also let me know in the comment section which country you’re from ,what kind of
change you wish to make to your country, and what kind of contribution you can
make in order to do that, I would really love to know and thank you for watching
and I’ll see you in my next video! Bye!

50 thoughts on “(한글)How China Changed My View of Korea, USA, & North Korea

  1. I'll be honest! I'm a bit scared before putting this up, because I know countries’ issues are usually considered a heavy topic.. but I hope you know that I didn’t make it with a heavy heart nor was I trying to be too serious (I’m not a politician…) I just wanted to share my honest thoughts and opinions, and I also thought this was an important message to spread out. I hope this triggered many thoughts and made you think about what’s going on in your country and what needs to be done for it to be a better place. Please share them in the comment section, because I would really love to know!

  2. Living in Australia has many wonderful benefits, such as Australian Rules Football (AFL), which I think is the most exciting team sport in the world. Many remote and beautiful beaches. Melbourne my city of origin is a special place, and a great place to live. But having been to America, Britain, and China 8 times, I can see there are certain things that could make Australia a much better place! Having a Welsh father who emigrated here as a young man, and with relatives still in Britain, makes it a place of interest. And I feel a soul connection to Wales! But I have to say that China really fascinates me as a country. Having travelled over much of China, I love the many contrasting places around China. I love the character that they give to the mountains. I love the history and the culture. And I certainly love the food 😋. Being in China certainly doesn’t feel like being in a communist country. So after my experiences in China I feel like I have really missed out on a great cuisine and way of eating growing up! And I know that the Chinese really miss the food back home when they come to Australia. Another disappointment in Australia is that we still don’t have one single super train!! Not even between the two main cities of Melbourne & Sydney! Yet China has them travelling now all over the country just about! We are so far behind here unfortunately! I also think it would be much more in Australia’s benefit if we were to form more closer ties with China rather than with the USA. But I haven’t seen other parts of Asia such as South Korea yet, so would like to visit there also and Japan, and see the differences.

  3. This video should go viral. Lots of hallyu fans have no idea what Korea is really like. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Also, do you think Korea is changing with the younger generation and that Korea might be totally different again in like 50 years?

  4. All agree, though I've never been to Korean:) I'm from China, but I don't think everyone's wish for their country would be realized. To set a plan is quite easy, eg. I always wished regions sharing Chinese culture(like tw,hk..) can form some sort of union just like the EU or else. And it's quite unimaginable that regions who actually share the same Han characters can divide like such. There are hatred let alone misunderstanding in the national wise level..But the truth or reality is another thing.. I think as an individual we can only fit into the era we live, eg. if you were born in North Korea then you could only fit into it..History is driven by God, no one can get rid of it. The only thing we can do is to seek universal ethic standard by ourself, to rekon on it, and try to do everything inline with it. Don't think too widely, that's out of our reach.

  5. Holy I love your videos! Never stop putting them up! This is something I've noticed a lot when studying Korean and Chinese.. the whole fantasy with western countries and thinking life is so much better here. I think Koreans do it the most. I don't notice it much with Chinese. Imo you are just trading one set of problems for another. Korean teens have school stress, body image etc. American/western kids have more peer pressure for drugs, drinking , sex etc and so forth. Seriously drugs are such a problem where I live. Korea has great safety, there's not many places in the world you can walk around by yourself at night. Don't have to worry about school shootings or terrorism. West has more individualism and less pressure which is great, but I think there are benefits to a collectivist society too. Among developed countries I don't think there is one better than the other. I think Korea can and will overcome its problems soon. If everyone would more positive and not just want to leave. I'm glad you put this video up though. A lot of Hallyu fans have the same problem of making fantasies about Korea. It's a bit funny how the tables turn. haha

  6. I guess most Chinese people you met are not well educated, who are very likely to have somewhat wired patriotism.

  7. This girl should have spent some time in the US or the West because she has a bit of American accent. I guess. South Korea is good.One of the 4 ‘ Little Dragons’ of Asia.But their Presidents do not meet with good fate.Most usually were locked up because of some corruption issues.One even committed suicide .Hope that everything goes well with President Moon. This girl is philosophical and talk logically.Shall subscribed to her channel.

  8. It’s always interesting to be able to listen to other’s thoughts. I agree with your idea. Thank you for sharing ur video which is helpful and useful for me. I am thinking that your English skill is improving as time goes by although you are always good at speaking English. You are inspiring me to study hard^^

  9. please see this about america:


  10. Koreans r wired, arrogant without reason, narrow mined like their small house windows, barking like their dog meat when their vulnerable national glass heat hurted

  11. Chinese are nationalistic because US and the western world often pisses China off on international and internal affairs. Like trade war, Syria, Iran, North Korea , Taiwan and South China sea, democracy, human rights etc . China has fundamental disagreements with US and western world. For instance, I support North Korea.

  12. culturaly korea is not independent from china.politically korea not independent from US . the patrism of korean is just kind of blind. but we kind of understand the mentality of kerean considering both north and south

  13. please become our second female president. you so smart and i totally agree with you. i'm so jealous to you, because you have a lot of experience about international culture and speak english fluently but i'm not ㅠㅠ. i will become like you. thank you your video

  14. People will feel bored when others talk how great their birth places are time to time. It is comon sense.I don't know why they like to express their proudness. They don't intend to hurt you . It's not a big deal.

  15. there are many superpower in east asia china usa russia in korean island

  16. The first thing come up in my mind about Korea would be plastic surgery. lol. Theres a rumor that Korean couples would check out the facial appearances of their spouse's parents before getting married. More and more Chinese girls are getting plastic surgeries too which makes some men cautious about it.

  17. too bad you dont have to live under american bombs or sanctions, or a third world country being raped by american corporations. USA great country my ass fool

  18. I got to love your videos. You got an amazing language ability and also great insight on social issues.

  19. I’m a Chinese and I’m from Qingdao in Shandong province . Recent years and especially recent days, the vaccine incident started a huge disturbance in our society and made me lose confidence to stay in this country anymore. In China ,the water, the food,the infant formula ,the vaccine and so many things we depend on to survive ,they all have problems. Not to speak of our education and medical care ,even I want to see the youtube I should use a vpn, there is a large invisiable network surrounded all of us Chinese citizens .

  20. I live in Ulsan, Korea.
    Almost every day on the way to work or to meet my friends, I listen to your channel. I love the way you're speaking and the way you view the world.
    I think I learn lots from you- especially learning English and even other languages.
    Please keep making more and more videos!!
    마지막 한국말 코멘트가 더더더 감동적이고 동감이에요!! 빅키님 굿굿!!

  21. 한국 언론은 맨날 떠들어댑니다 한류가 어딜 점령해다느니 한국의 위대함을 자위하기 위해 외국인 데려다가 칭찬일색이지요. 매우 부끄러울 정도입니다. 미국 방송에서 한국에 와 맥도날드나 스타벅스 베스킨라빈스가 어딜가나 있는 걸 보고 이걸보고 자국에서 대대적으로 자랑하지 않지요. 이것이 바로 대국과 소국의 차이입니다.

  22. Good point! I think there’s a big difference between people who have had international experience and people who haven’t in China. Additionally, Kpop culture had such a huge impact in China over years, and according to the images created in Korean dramas and idol groups, people in China have developed a stereotypical mindset

  23. um…I m Chinese too.All I can say is the Chinese you meet is just a small part of us,they cant represent all the Chinese😆所以希望不要以偏概全哦 哈哈哈

  24. You are such a sweet girl. But things are really hard for Chinese- when the international community supports you says good things about you, it is easy for you to admit your own faults. But when everyone picks on you especially the "bully in the class", you become hypersensitive because that is the last dignity you have. The former is Asian countries like Japan and Korea, and the latter is China. Just imagine if you are in a class where everyone praises you or at least does not bully you, you can be humble, modest and admitting your faults easily. But if everyone is talking shit about you many stuff is wrong- like how NYT has a section dedicated to badmouthing about the unreal stuff on China- if we further step on ourselves, this is simply just too much. Even though we are all Asian countries, but sadly China is destined to be the rival of the Western countries because of the history, our size, economy and stuff. You are sweet but you are living in a privilege that you might not realize. Many African countries are experiencing the same thing, they don't have power in the face of international media dominated by the West. Korea and Japan are America's ally. Thank you for your insights but probably you can consider whether you are enjoying the privilege that you didn't realize.

  25. The rule is: To praise other countries and complain about your own country only.
    You can complain about Korea. But if I do so, you will be pissed, or at least unhappy.
    It's like, you can complain about your parents. But even if I'm your best friend or even your husband, I'm not supposed to do so.

  26. If we talk nations, races, religious. It always a bias. Like example, i am born chinese. You know i am used to it. Chinese are the most being hated by most of countries, and race. Why because chinese lives everywhere. They just can live whether it is a harsh olace for living. So, maight be caused some jelous to others. And chinese don't talk to much, and don't share a lot in terms of feeling and wealthy. Chinese culture more care about self inner. Always have a thought take care first your own behaviour/family, then you may take care others. You know what i meant, if ourself in chaos, how could we show the right way to others. That is what chinese conservative thinking.

  27. 2.5 Million Korean-Americans , which is like 5%of total South Korean population immigrated to US. That's huge.

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