In the crude social economy of heterosexual male expats living in South Korea, having a Korean girlfriend is a sort of measure of success.
The cover on the DVD looks that way, most of the blurbs Ive seen say that it is but it is not.
It seems like Korean guys are in demand because many of my single girlfriends have been telling me how much they’d like to learn Korean just to date Korean boys. Quite understandable considering how men are portrayed in all these Korean MVs, dramas, and movies.
But really, that’s like saying I want to date a Lawyer after watching Suite. They sometimes go MIA, put friends over you, breaks your heart, forget your birthday etc.
In Korea, coupledom is as much about the performance of coupledom as it is about dating itself.
In other words, what’s the point in dating unless you can really let everyone around you know that you’re dating, unless total strangers and Facebook friends alike can really feel the full force of your relationship? Every movie ticket purchased was photographed and uploaded so people could see that we had gone to see together and then that mediocre new Spiderman sequel (What ever happened to Tobey Maguire? Every daytime excursion to a strawberry farm in the countryside, the notes we wrote to each other and posted on the wall of a coffee shop near said strawberry farm, every shared bowl of flavored shaved ice, every hike, all of our various dating acts recorded and documented and posted in a bundle of photos on Facebook along with a succinct written summary of our activities, all of this information about our coupledom sent hurtling out headlong into the social media morass.