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When someone says he is Korean, always assume that he is from SOUTH Korea.
John: Hey man, where you from?

Lee: Hi I'm korean.

John: Cool, north or south?

Lee: *Respectful Silence*
by pheonix September 05, 2012
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An Asian nationality that tends to be questioned by rednecks.
Jimmy: So... you Asian?
Jill: Yup.
Jimmy: Chinese, er Japanese?
Jill: ...I'm Korean.
Jimmy: Is that 'part of Japan?
by Skitzou November 15, 2005
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Adj. Someone who was either born or is an inhabitant of the Korean peninsula, regardless of the country, whether it be Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North) or Republic of Korea (South).
He was born in Seoul, therefore he is Korean by birth.
by delete October 04, 2005
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My best friend is Korean and I want to fix those stereotypes in your heads.

1. Not all Korean guys are dickheads. The cocky Korean guys you see all the time are probably the sociopaths who HAD to immigrate to the US to start anew, but ended up getting worse. A lot of Korean guys are really nice and fun to hang out with...just not those guys.

2. Not all Korean girls are fangirls. There ARE a lot of girls who hate the electronic sounds and gay-looking idols. Instead they like Korean hiphop or indie, which talk about things more important than money, cars, and women.
(also anyone who says pretty Korean girls are backstabbers and bitches is just kidding themselves.)

3. Not all Korean kids excel at math and science. I know most of them are, but that's just because the schools in Korea run a very tight curriculum in math and science. it really is not different. You can look at it as cramming.

4. Not all Koreans are weird dressers. Yes, I do realize some guys wear sweater vests and tight button-down shirts and so on. But Korea is well known for its unique street fashion.
(They do wear abercrombie and hollister, though.)

5. Not all Koreans hate Japan. Actually only the idiots hate the country itself. Most of them hate the cruel unhumane things that Japanese did to Koreans when Korea was Japan's territory, for 34 years.

6. Not all Korean guys love starcraft. Actually starcraft is really kind of dead now. If you tell people you play starcraft, they WILL call you a nerd.
Racist: Why the hell is a stupid Asian in this school?!

Normal person: He's my friend and he's way nicer than you, asshole. (punch) BTW he's Korean.
by talktoomuch December 22, 2011
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1) People who are of Korean heritage or were born in Korea.
2) Objects or merchandise from Korea

No koreans do not all look the same, apparently all asians look the same. Wrong. Go get a new pair of eyes. All three major Asian countries have similar cultures but are distinctly different. If you get pissed that some country copied your country get over yourselves because you aren't part of that country. Your country probably copied too.
Pencil label) Made in Korea. it's korean.
by Rune Lee August 14, 2010
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(south) korean have awesome music,dramas, movies.
korean have advance and awesome techonology
korean have good style.
(north) they have no control over their lives but they are not crazy people. dont blame them for being bad or boring, its not their fault that they have not freedom. its their government and the leader.
technology such as the chocolate phone, sumsung and many others. thousands of fans from all over the world listens to korean music
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Koreans are people who live in or come from Korea (usually South Korea a.k.a. Republic of Korea, because most North Koreans are not allowed to travel abroad). But here we will deal with the ones in the United States of America, including those whose family currently lives in Korea.
There are all kinds of Koreans, but to name a few:

American-Koreans (so-called twinkies/bananas)
people who have spent their entire lives in America. Usually US born and second- or third-generation immigrants. They either can't speak Korean at all or understand very little of it; but they do have impeccable English speaking skills and lots of white friends. Most feel uncomfortable around other types of Koreans and/or some older relatives. Very Americanized, with no understanding of Korean tranditions or Korean pop culture. Less intense when it comes to school and work; only few of them tend to show outstanding academic performance. They all have English first names.

Korean-Americans
include Koreans who came to America as kids or those who have spent many years at American schools. Many have English first names but some choose to keep their Korean names. Good English, but their English speaking abilities depend on the number of years spent in America or the number of American friends they have. Most are academically successful and get straight A's. There is 90% chance that a given Korean-American plays a musical instrument and/or excels in math or science. Some can be good atheletes. Some have families living in Korea and go home once or twice a year; these ones develop immunities to long flights or jet lags. Although most of them are good at making friends and approachable, sometimes they might find it hard to belong to a certain social group; they often have to deal with identity problems. But there are some Korean-Americans who are completely nerdy with no trace of coolness and fail to make friends.

Korean Rice-boys
The ones who want to look cool and dress nicely; most of them don't. They tend to be less intelligent and less hard-working. Always in search of hot girlfriends and love fast, good-looking cars. Easy to become friends with, although some of them are cocky.

Tabs
Fashionable, usually good-looking Korean girls who are rather skanky. Not as academically successful as many Koreans are, but many Asian boys or white boys with yellow fever would do anything to date them. Good dancers with good make-up skills that make their eyes look bigger; they might be shallow. But party on.

Fobs
The very Korean ones who just arrived in America. They have thick accent or do not speak much English and like to play their Korean music. They don't really participate in atheletic events or social gatherings. No dance parties. Usually hang out with other Koreans or Asians with accents. Despite their rather horrible English speaking ability, they are amazingly expert in English grammar. Even better in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Basically the only mathematicians who can beat them are either Chinese or Indian. Very competitive people who sometimes appear to be selfish, but many are actually nice and straighforward.

(There are many individuals who do not fall into any of these categories. Each and every one of these individualities, which only have their Korean-ness in common, should be respected. These are just streotypes I came up with to make the article interesting.)
A: Where are you from?
B: I'm from Seoul.
A: Oh, is that in China or Japan?
(If you're a Korean you might want to stop wasting your time talking to someone so ignorant.)
B: It's the biggest city in Korea. (and pretty awesome)
A: Are you from North or South Korea?
(Now is the time to leave.)

by Rimsta December 09, 2007
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