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Meeting the expectations of your significant other may not always be easy.
But add on top of that cultural differences and you got a whole new pandora’s box.
To an American, the motto may go something like: "Look Poor, Act Rich" -we like to look good, without appearing as if we are trying to hard.
But a Korean motto is quite the opposite; for example, a Korean woman will dress to a T with designer clothes, high-quality makeup and five-inch heels...if you compliment her on any of these stylish choices, her response will probably be something like, "Oh this? " It's considered rude to gloat on a compliment..truth be told, both men and women consider appearance to be high on their list of criteria when choosing a partner, because it's not just the person you spend weekends with, it's the person you're going to be I'm not going to pretend like Korean guys are going around holding doors for women and opening car doors, but couples are often seen together, the man holding the woman's purse and/or books, while also holding her hand. Maybe....but, probably it's more a case of plain old-fashioned chivalry. Apparently you can have your cake and eat it too...
Instead of leaving things up to chance encounters (which can result in murderous strangers), Koreans prefer potential mates to have a reference to make sure both of you will be (to some degree) a match.
Having that friend as a buffer will make sure he/she isn’t some crazy drunk that’ll come banging on your door at 3AM.
Their image of the perfect man is something between a knight in shining armor and a K-pop star. Every male in South Korea is required to serve at least three years in the military, usually after their first year of college.
Part of this is attributed to the fact that the population is in such close proximity, there is always the constant awareness you are being watched, and consequently: critiqued.
To that end, your appearance says a lot about who you are in society.
You notice a complete difference in attitudes toward dating in Korea.
My view of American dating is this: start dating as soon as possible, as immaturely as possible.
Korean college-age girls however, talking to them, you'd think they were 16-year olds.