Bits and pieces of Korea's history and (pop)culture. Ranges from most genres and time periods. Cultural notes at the end.

'Cause Korea needs more love. (And the fact that nobody really knows anything about Korea. Me included. And I'm Korean...)


Chapter 1: For Education!


"America-ssi! America-ssi!" Korea cried out. America saw him coming and immediately crossed his arms over his chest.

"You're not going to grope me, are you? Japan and China warned me about you…" he said warily.

Korea laughed as he raised an oversized sleeve. "No, but can I come over to your place so that you can privately tutor me?"

"Why would I want to do that?" America asked, cocking his head to the side.

Korea pulled out a massive wad of cash out of one sleeve. "Is this enough to cover the expenses?"

America's jaw dropped. "Um, what's the exchange rate again…?"

"Oh, is this not enough?" Korea asked, mistaking America's shock for something else. He dropped the wad on the ground and began to vigorously shake his sleeves. A near endless of stream of bills poured out. "I'm not sure if this is enough to compensate you for tutoring me…"

America promptly put an arm around Korea's shoulders, smiling widely as he adjusted his glasses so the light hid his eyes. "Now, let's begin those tutoring lessons, shall we? Learning new things is important after all!"

"Yay!" Korea said, raising his hands in joy. "I got the best deal ever!"

"Of course you did," America agreed as he wondered where he'd keep all of Korea's money.


Cultural notes: '-ssi' is the Korean equivalent of '-san'. Whatever you do though, never say this to anybody with their family name, as this is considered very rude. As nearly 99.999 percent of Koreans are either named Kim or Lee, this is understandable. (Thank god I'm not one of them.)

It is pretty scary how much money Korea pours into education. Become an English teacher in Korea (probably at a cram school), and not only will you make a crazy amount of money in a relatively short amount of time, the government will cover most, if not all, of your bills. Especially if you're from out of the country. English teachers are in seriously high demand.

Not only that, but a lot of parents are also spending a crazy amount to send their kids to America for American schooling. The families they stay with get very nicely compensated to have strange kids living with them for a few years. My family has already done it with three different girls, one living at our house right now.