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.
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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