In Korean culture, the role of the man will always be more dominant in the relationship, but when you see the lengths these boys will go to get the girl, you can’t help but smile: holding her purse, wearing matching outfits, and giving lots of gifts. Of course, looks play a role in the decision making process, but Westerners are also looking for compatibility and people we can get along with.In Korea, appearance is a dominant factor in these decisions.I’m not exactly quiet, and I’m definitely not the ‘submissive girl’ that many people see South Korean girls as. But somehow, my personality became a problem when I started dating men in South Korea at the age of 20. I thought, is my outgoing personality — which was attractive to them in the beginning — an obstacle to developing a stable relationship? A bunch of my girlfriends had similar worries when dating South Korean men.Many men approached me, expressing an interest in my outgoing personality. But sooner or later, they started to complain about things that energize my life, what I think are important, like interacting with people and having fun at interesting social gatherings. The biggest source of complaint was the irony of men applying different standards on their female friends and “girlfriend.” Some guys I knew loved hanging out with girls whom they called cool and funny — for example, girls who could drink two bottles of soju straight.Blind dates are much more common here than back home.Parents, relatives or friends will help set someone up in the hopes of making a match.
They say that The reason for it is that their role and yours changes depending on your relationship situation.
No matter what culture it is, blind dates will always be a nerve-wracking experience!
When it comes to dating itself, the role of the man is a bit different in the Korean culture.
I’ll admit, Western men have a lot of pressure on them to make a good impression on the first couple of dates.
Once the couple has established their relationship, they become more of an equal team in terms of impressing one another. When it comes to how we express ourselves in our relationships and what we look for in a partner, there are some pretty distinct differences.