Being Half Korean in Korea | ASIAN BOSS

As Korea struggles with the pains of transition from an ethnically homogenous country to a multi-ethnic one, we talk with three mixed Korean citizens who are living in Seoul to get a glimpse of the hardships and stereotypes they face on the ground. This long-form podcast format allows for an in-depth discussion on the stereotypes, hardship, advantages, and overall experience of being a “halfie” in Seoul.Special thanks to our 3 guests.

Ayman
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Sarah
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Cedric
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Stephen (Host)
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147 comments

  1. Triple GGG aka Genady Golovkin, half Korean / half Kazakhstan and World Famous boxer! Never boasts about being Korean and identifies himself as Kazakhstan. Also, fun fact, he broke Mike Tyson’s knockout record for those non-sports/boxing fans.

  2. That Cedric guy happens to have his own youtube channel. I was aware of it’s existence months before this clip was even uploaded because his videos tend to pop up under my recommendations from time to time. So I’d assume that’s how Asian Boss found out about him and ended up reaching out to him for an interview.

  3. Cedric is an odd but unique combo. I’ve never seen an African American and a Korean mix. I’ve seen African Americans know Korean but I wonder how he’s accepted.

    1. Google amerasians… Born due to the war there were a lot of black soldiers in Korea that got Korean women pregnant. And also Google blasian singers or athletes

    1. @annie gomez no they are latino & hispanic soooo? Look why are you upset with what this guy says? Nothing wrong with looking Mexican at all in fact some may take that as a complement 😉 I think the guy is just trying to say that there are anomalies where people can come into this world and look different from their race or blended races and hey! I think that makes life interesting 😁

    2. @UCYDJCPhXCyswRR1JtbAdujg why immediately go to racist? I think someone can have distinct Mexican features just like someone can look distinctively cuban. Both are latino nations but then so is Brazil and look at how diverse Brazilians are. That is not to say a nation cannot have a distinct ‘look’ and that has as much to do with culture/nationality as it does race. Why you so angry? I bet this guy says he looks Mexican because people assume he looks Mexican all the time. My god, you are brain dead try living in the real world and stop being so offended it’s bad for your health 😘

  4. I feel bad for Sarah. I get the understanding of the hierarchy in Asia and honestly it is a horrible judgment put on Southeast Asians. Filipinos are very accepting of many cultures. My husband is of mix Eastern Europe and Pacific islander. My family accepted him regardless. As long as he treated me well. Also, I can say that a lot of my husband’s family members married Filipinos because of their values of family and how we are raised to be loving. As well as how close we are with all our family and raised to value education.

  5. So basically, if u look more than the half u could fit in or maybe blend in, in that specific place.

    For example if u look more korean, u’ll fit in on korea somehow…

    Or not…

  6. Let be clear here Americans or America is NOT a race. It is the ethnicity within America that make you who you are be it Asian, Black or White. Your original roots or orgin while being within America. American culture and laws do not equate nationality with race or ethnicity, but with Citizenship and permanent allegiance. Don’t get it twisted.

  7. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a half or quarter, if you consider yourself Korean then you’re Korean, if not you’re not. If you think you’re a half then you’re a half, not Korean. In my dad’s company there’re pure Slavic people consider themselves Koreans, we accept them as Koreans. If you think you’re halfie then you’re halfie.

  8. Multi-ethnic or Multi-cultural society is not good. Look at Western Europe. They are mess now(I don’t mean Coronavirus situation. I’m saying in general). So many conflicts and too much chaos. Even many leaders of European countries said “Multiculturalism is failed”. East Asian countries like Korea and Japan should not follow that path.

    1. @rsuriyop
      Well, there are bad people and people with ignorant attitudes everywhere – and we shouldn’t judge all the people of any country by the actions or attitudes of a few people in that country.

  9. Korean ,s please don’t conclude so easilly. You’re so judgemental. Tryto put your self on ones sheos so that you’ll know what the feelings be.

    1. I think you are so judgemental because you just conclude Koreans are judgemental.😇 I don’t think why many foreigners have this misconcept about Korea. You can see many crimes or incidents against Asians in Western countries now because of Coronavirus. Who is racist? Who is judgemental? Korea?😇

  10. I enjoyed this video. I love Cedric and I have followed him for awhile now. I’m from New Zealand and I love learning about the different peoples of the world. Since I have watched a lot of Asian movies and dramas I have grown a need to learn about these ethnic groups of Asia. I like to know what is happening in these parts of the world. I have relatives that served during the Korea war and also went to Japan. It has been my long time dream to visit Japan and Korea. The coronavirus has stopped this from happening after I has booked my trip but it became cancelled. I’m hoping this will happen before I die.

  11. As a fully South Korean, I want all mixed-race Koreans, whether half black-Koreans, half asian-Koreans, or half white-Koreans, to be considered equal members of this country and society. I am sure, South Korea has changed and we can do better!

    1. Any immigrants that comes to Korea loves Korean culture and respect the law there, or any mix Koreans that has a pride in them is a Korean in my eyes. I’m full Korean btw lol

  12. I am half korean half dutch. my dad is korean my mom is dutch. I look like nothing, i have dark brown hair, almost black and brown greenish eyes. i have asian eye shape but also not. i hate my looks

  13. the hierarchy is definitely not just economy tho. I think its moreso the history of colonization and the use of dehumanizing language that the western world and Japan has perpetuated about the countries it has colonized like the Philippines, many southeast asian countries and africa. U needed to be able to bash a country and its people to do the horrible things they did. however I never understood why koreans view phillipines negatively as they have a shared tragic history during WW2. i would think they would show solidarity together.

  14. Anyone injecting “race” into the conversation are in the wrong. Read the title of the video again. It’s an obvious discussion about nationalities, NOT race, and how their different ethnic backgrounds affect their daily lives while immersed in Korean culture. Ethnicity is NOT race either. Learn to distinguish the two, for the sake of your own peace of mind

  15. Love what Cedric had to say. And honestly, from my experience of growing up in the 80’s, there wouldn’t have been societal issues with mixed dating and marriages then. 80’s, 90’s, 00,s we did not have issues like that. Creating divisions and making everyone think differences matter is more from the 2010’s political issues.

    1. When I was young I was told to bubble in white (I wasn’t sure on how to answer it at that age), later on realized that I can actually select more than one option and would either bubble both asian and caucasian or bubble other. To this day I typically select whatever applies

  16. I’m half Korean, half Kazakh from Kazakhstan 🇰🇿. I also had my struggles in Korea at first, mostly because of the identity crisis and a language barrier. After 3 years of living in Korea I feel much more comfortable, still not as at home though. And I know Cedric through a very good friend of mine (and btw, Cedric’s gf 🤓) Becky, who is half Korean, half American herself. Check out her Youtube channel “the Halfie Project” for various videos about halfies, as well as my interview 🤗

  17. It’s interesting. What this video made me feel like:

    American – Korean (Stephen): Wow, such a handsome dude. We need Stephen more! <3

    Korean - Egyptian : I'm sorry for him. You can tell he experienced a lot in the past. I hope his life will become easier. ^^

    Korean - Philipino: Wow, she is sooo not Korean. She really has personality like Philiphino. Talkative, bright, cherish. Looooovely! 😀

    American - Korean: At first, I though he was half mexican. Btw I'm soo moved by his family story. He talks about his parents with so much love and respect. Especially Dad. Amazing <3

  18. Very good and informative. I like the long type of video, because you keep more of all the recording on it. Sometimes you cut too much in other videos, even skipping answers from interviewees.

  19. Literally everything you guys said really clicked with me. I also really want people in my country have that kind of perception. Maybe that’s why I really want to travel out of my country.

  20. Honestly , asking if you can use Chopsticks is more of an East Asian thing. I was in China for 2 years and they’d ask me the same thing but also they would tame the assumption that I don’t speak Chinese.

    1. You are right. I don’t understand why foreigners want to change Korea to suit their taste. It almost looks like intervention in the domestic affairs.

    1. Black, Filipino, and Arab… you just said 1 race and two ethnicities.. everyone clearly went around saying their ethnicity. And then we he came along he said ethnicity (Korean) and then a nationality (American). White, Black, Asian, etc.. are all races. Where as Filipino, Arab, and African-American are ethnicities. In his case (since we can probably assume he’s half white) he should’ve said of European decent, or (for example) Scottish, Swedish, something along that line, not just white. I get where your coming from though he should’ve been more specific and instead of just saying his moms race (since he doesn’t identify as white, he would identify as Asian ) he should’ve been more specific and said an ethnicity. And most Americans, or people in general, aren’t correctly educated in the difference between race, ethnicity, or nationality. There’s definitely a big difference and he should’ve been more specific not just be saying “American”, or “White”.

    2. Sienna Kim everyone clearly said their race, HE was the only one that said “I identify as an American” Which is why I said why he was scared to say WHITE. The whole video they kept interpreting an American as some who’s white!! Which really rubbed me the wrong way, everyone in the video (black, filipino, Arab) mentioned their race but no he wants to say he’s an “AMERICAN”??? America is a melting pot country and the term “American” is not exclusively used for whites, only for natives. Why couldn’t they just say WHITE instead of saying American the whole video??

    3. Yes I know that.. but why did you say that he was scared to say “white” as in place of American? That wouldn’t make sense either as it isn’t an ethnic group. Race shouldn’t have even been brought up. It’s not like the others went around saying “I’m Asian” or “I’m Black” so why should he have to say “White” or in your case, be “scared to say white”, when race wasn’t brought up at all? And in his case unless his mom was Native American, which I’m pretty sure she wasn’t, he wouldn’t say “American” since that’s a nationality (or ethnic group if your Native American for short) so I see where your coming in on that, just not the part where it said “white” and “scared to say” when in whole he shouldn’t have too since he identifies racially as Asian..

    4. Sienna Kim he clearly says in the video he considers himself American? And an American isn’t just someone who’s white, a REAL American is a Native American

  21. Halfies, such as me, are mostly TCKs: Third Culture Kids/Adults. It’s such a deep and interesting topic, because it really has to do with one’s own identity. I know a lot of halfies/TCKs that still struggle to fit or find their own identity and culture, somewhere they belong to, a place to them that is the definition of home. But at the end of the day, our culture is really the one we have created in our minds, mixing our backgrounds and adding the culture you’re living in, and that’s what makes it really hard for other people to understand, they don’t get the hardships or they won’t understand your habits (but some do). For example, anyone who is older then me and that respect, I usually call them “uncle” /”aunt”, but in my dads country it’s mandatory to call older people “sir”/”mrs”/”mr”, so I used to call my teachers by “aunt”, and my classmates were horrified lol

  22. I think this ethnic/race things like this happens in smaller things too. For me, I am a whole Indonesian girl, but you know Indonesia have a lots of ethnic like Javanese, Bataknese and other ethnics and I am a half Bataknese half Javanese. I grew up in bataknese region and study in college in Javanese region. both in bataknese and javanese area I don’t get really accept like the real bataknese and javanese does. so it makes me standing in between like a blurry side. in bataknese I cannot speak the language but I know the culture but in javanese i only knew a bit of the language and none of the culture itself. so it pretty confusing sometimes with this half ethnic and the race things. but it is unique experience tho

  23. I am half south Asian half Hispanic and deeply appreciated this conversation. So insightful, and I find so much in common even tho our backgrounds are ethnically different. Especially Aymans influence from Arab/Islamic culture, and Cedric’s perspective of having a parent pass away — when you’re mixed it hits different. Love and appreciation to all my fellow mixed folks 🙂

    Edit: as I continue to listen I’m moved to tears because of how refreshing it is to hear that ppl share in this experience. Friends I never had 😂

  24. This is kind of an *EYE OPENER* to people who feel superior than the other, who looked down at others or those who are very good at stereotyping, not only in Korea but *TO ALL* around the world including me..

  25. I’m Blasian (Black and Japanese) I’m am darker than other blasians, and in America people think I’m black and when I tell them they think I’m lying! In Japan the same thing! I do have a lot of good people in my life who know that I’m Blasian! But I always have those haters…

  26. everyone saying how they’re mixed so ima say mine lol: i’m mexican, spanish, and native american. i look super white tho since my dads family is directly from spain(he’s like 1st or 2nd gen american) and my moms 3rd gen american from a mexican/native american family.

  27. I NEEDED to see this video, wow. I’m so happy I stumbled upon this. I am honestly so nervous with moving to Korea because I am ethnically Korean but I can’t speak it very well. When I would travel to Korea I would get shocked and somewhat negative reactions in korea because I can’t speak it and I would always take everything so personally. I think they all provided such great insights and I cant wait to move there to teach English there next year.

    1. It varies. I went to school with this guy who was half Korean and half white (Jewish) and you could tell he was biracial. This other girl from school was half Korean and half Russian and she did look East Asian, but I could somehow tell she looked a little different from typical Koreans.

  28. wow…instant victimization and the dehumanization and criminalization of korea and koreans.

    why dont these kinds of videos ever address or acknowledge the hatred these mixed race people practice.

  29. Interesting that half Thai/half white and half Filipino/half white people have become famous celebrities in Thailand and Philippines. Korea is very different in that regard.

  30. The Korean mixed African American and the Korean mixed Arabic guy are the best looking from the men. African and Arabic mixed Asian is the best. We are good looking people. The ones mixed with white aren’t good looking lol.

    1. Hole fillings builds by the fetishim.) It’s you dumb if you didn’t know even that.)

      It’s you racist.) Bcs if someone wants to hurt, he definitely didn’t say something like that.) You racist scumbag.)

  31. @Asian Boss Thanks so much for this video! Unfortunately in Europe hatred against people who look different grows rapidly. I have been in Germany for 50 years, and I see people are still discriminated, although they are born in Germany and have German citizenship. These are children of immigrants. Human resources often do not consider candidates with foreign names.

  32. 29:22 I like how some people are saying that this is a problem because of white Americans instead of a problem with Korea. I just can’t fathom what it would be like to be so incredibly dumb.

  33. Yo I’m a half korean and half Japanese. But like I look completely korean to people because when I tell people I’m korean-Japanese they seem shocked. – Jeongmin kang aka Eiichi Tsuneyoshi (Daegu, SK)

  34. How are mixed children treated in Samoa?
    It’s similar to how mixed children are treated in South Korea, and yes if you are half European, you get treated a little nicer, but then again as a Euronesian myself, if I am not tanned enough if I can’t dance properly or sing ….you not really considered Samoan enough. If your parents are middle class or lower class, regardless of your other half (even as a half European) you don’t get respected or treated nicely compared to those who have wealthier parents…I noticed that those who are half Chinese or Half Indian in Samoa were not treated nicely as half Europeans which as a kid growing up I felt confused or surprised as to why that happened..now I know, racism knows no colour. When I returned to NZ, some Europeans would ask me ” oh are you Filipino?” or are you half Maori? and some will get surprised or even shocked when I told them what my ethnic roots are, the normal response would almost always be ” oh you don’t look big enough to be a half Polynesian or your too pale to be half Polynesian etc” again systematic racism knows no colour…

    Thanks for doing this interview, as a Euronesian I found this relatable and insightful 🙂

  35. Being mixed myself, the point about people thinking dark skin is dirty is actually so common! I’ve had people say that to my face in places like Lithuania and Poland – although it was jokingly, it’s quite unpleasant to be at the receiving end of such a high level of ignorance.

  36. Thank you for making this video! I am half Korean Half Mexican. Born in raised in the USA. My dad is from Seoul South Korea and my mom’s side the family is all from Mexico. A lot of the experiences that were shared in this video I could identify with or my parents had experienced as well. It is good to know I am not alone.

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