6:00 pm - 06/13/2019

"asking koreans the 'korean n word' | social experiment" video



what happens when a foreigner asks average young koreans about the korean equivalent of the n word?

source: JAYKEEOUT x VWVB on youtube

i like this channel and their social experiment videos and recently on twitter i've seen arguments about what ggamdoongi (깜둥이) ~really~ means so i thought this video being posted a couple days ago happened at a really good/relevant time! also, as someone who is half black, these topics/issues are very important to me.
lil_poisonfrog 14th-Jun-2019 03:29 am (UTC)
Yeah I initially thought it was a colorist pejorative, instead of something that referred specifically to black people but is also used to insult darker skinned Koreans. I feel like I've seen Korean speakers either here or on other Kpop sites explain it the former way. Watching this makes me think they were full of shit lol

I'd also like to see the same experiment with a white foreigner
cosmicdaze 14th-Jun-2019 03:33 am (UTC)
i think it can be both. i remember asking one of my korean friends (a guy with absolutely zero interest in kpop) what the word meant, pretending i already didn't know, and his first reaction was of shock and outrage lmao. he was like "where did you see that word? did someone say it to you?" and i said no, it was in a broadcast but the person was talking about another korean person and he was like ah, yeah, sometimes it's used like that too. so i think it just depends on who the ~recipient is but either way it's not a nice word
gigabytexx 14th-Jun-2019 10:05 am (UTC)
Ah yeah this is also what I meant, is it possible that he's reacting like that knowing that you're half black? Also is he korean living in Korea or a korean living in overseas, making friends with international people?
Everything really affects someone's answer imo.

While we're all agree it's not a nice word, but yeah you're right that it depends on who the recipient is lol
lightframes 15th-Jun-2019 04:34 pm (UTC)
I wonder how it originated? Like was it first used as an anti-black term or did it become that over time? I'm trying to think of a similar term in U.S. English (can be insulting to dark-skinned people but not necessarily aimed specifically at black people, while also being an anti-black insult) and I can't think of anything. Everything I can think of is either meant specifically to attack black people or not aimed at us at all.

Edited at 2019-06-15 04:37 pm (UTC)
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