The Sports Chosun reports that several of the panelists on the popular talk show Misuda spoke recently about the distorted perceptions that Korean men have about foreign women.
The women who appear on the KBS2 TV show “Chat With Beauties” — also called “Misuda” — are shaking off the prejudices that Koreans have regarding foreign women. On the February 25th episode of Misuda, the topic of discussion was “myths Korean men believe about foreign women.” The women said that Korean men think that foreign women “are glamorous”, “Japanese women are obedient”, “blondes are ditzy”, and “we came here to marry Koreans or to work”. Australian Kirsty used herself as an example. “In Korea and Australia there is prejudice against blonde women. People think that blonde girls have cute looks but empty heads.” Next, Uzbekistani Guzal said, “in our country people think that blondes are dumb and sexy, and act slutty. But that’s not true. I have a lot of blonde friends and they’re really smart.” Emi spoke about prejudices about Japanese women. “People think Japanese women are submissive but that’s not true. A lot of Korean guys think so and meet me and get disappointed.” She added, “it might be just me but in Japan I was kind of like that and when I came to Korea and saw women doing things for men and didn’t want to be that and became a little less obedient.” Guzal said that because of the prejudices held by Koreans about foreign women, “when I came to Korea people asked me a lot if I had come to work or to mary a Korean. But they were surprised when I said I was a student.” Daria, of Russia, said, “it seems when Koreans see a pretty foreigner they think she is Russian. And most of them ask if you came here to work. Korea and Russia are having increasing exchanges, and lots of people are becoming international students or going to Korea for cultural exchanges so I hope people don’t have such misconceptions any more.”