Meet Do Hong 도홍 , a Korean native, who lived in London for a short time. He currently resides just outside of Seoul.
Please tell us a bit about yourself, and what you do for a living.
Hello, everybody! My name is Do Hong 도홍 and I am 28 years old (international age). I studied fashion design and I used to be a fashion designer. I’m looking for a job now. I love wearing clothes and listening to music as well. I’m especially fascinated by K-Hip Hop!! As you know, fashion and music; they are really close to each other. Recently, I have studied English because I realised that English is important for my life. I had studied English in London for around 8 months, also when I was there I found out that learning English made me out-going confident and open-minded. I really hated learning English at first, but now it’s changed; English is useful to my life. I’ve got English skills which are better than before, and I’ve got the confidence to make conversation with foreigners. I would say English completely changed my life. I was very narrow-minded before I learned English. I don’t mean that only English can open our mind; many languages can open our mind and widen our sight; in my opinion. From now, I’ve got a goal that I would like to get a job which will allow me to use English. As I said my major is fashion design, so I’m gonna apply for international business companies which are related to garments. Wish me luck!!
Where have you travelled in the past, and what business/personal ventures have you been a part of that allowed you to meet and work with foreigners?
Firstly, I went to Hong Kong for 4 days. It was super amazing for me because there were a lot of shopping centres and great Dumplings, egg tarts, beef jerky, etc. And especially the shopping centres; they have all brands, so I would say Hong Kong is literally a shopping country. Lol. When it was my last night in Hong Kong, I was in a club and I was grinding with a girl (lol); but I didn’t have any English skills at that time. When the girl noticed that I couldn’t speak English, she was gone!
That made me broken hearted and I realised English is important, and I have to learn English. Afterwards, I moved to the U.K. London was the best place I travelled to and the best experience of my life. If I could, I would go back. So I began my earnest venture, to learn English in London. I had dreamt about the U.K; it’s like a fantasy. I got into an English Academy in London to get a proper English accent as well!! I then searched on apps to find language exchange groups after school.
Finally, I made so many English friends and they were so kind to me.
What are your thoughts on K-Pop, Korean HipHop, and the Hallyu wave?
I’m really proud of K-Pop and Korean Hip-Hop. We are an artistic country!! Haha! Good at singing, producing great music, getting dressed very well; we do really care about what we wear. Recently, K-Pop is incredibly popular globally, also K-Hip Hop is following too.
As you know, the Hallyu wave has taken over internationally! What do you think of foreigners enjoying and embracing Korean culture and music so much?
It’s good, it’s good! I’ve seen many foreign girls fascinated by K-HipHop labels; such as AOMG, Illionaire etc. In my opinion, we are the most artistic country in Asia.
I hope everyone is addicted to 한류 (Hallyu). Hallyu wave influenza!
Do you find it strange at all?
The answer is already there! They have no choice but to love Korean Culture!
As you may or may not know, some K-pop fans (in extreme cases), are labelled as“Korea boos.” What are your thoughts on this type of fan?
I understand we would seem to be a certain way (Koreans), but they don’t know about our culture at all! Once they try to enjoy Korean culture they would understand how fantastic it is!!
During your travels, did you meet or come across anyone who seemed to be extremely drawn to you, in a way that made you feel uncomfortable? If so, did you feel that is was due to the fact that they wanted to be around you, just because you’re Korean?
I guess it depends on people what to feel, but in my case, I’m really open minded and quite positive. I had a few experiences, where some foreign girls seemed to be drawn to me in other countries. (I’m not saying it’s because I’m so popular). Some of them were so amazed to see a Korean guy directly. One said she loved me and would marry me. I wasn’t inconvenienced by anything that she said or did. I was just laughing and enjoying myself because I knew she was kidding; but even if she was serious, I would just say “sorry.” It was flattering.
To be honest, I was always trying to be polite and considerate towards foreigners who were interested in me, or my culture.
Did you have any strange experiences with any people?
I didn’t have a lot, but I’ll mention this.
You know, Asian guys are skinny as an average and fashionable; some guys put on makeup (I do as well). So many European people thought that I was gay! Unfortunately, I’m not gay. I’m super straight!! Lmao
Also, my dress sense may be perceived as gay, from a European perspective. I love the Metrosexual style; such as Saint Laurant Paris which is my favourite fashion brand.
I think I may be popular with gay men, so I shouldn’t go to a gay bar. Lol.
Why do you think some fans incorporate K-Pop and/or Korean Culture into their lives so much?
I guess they really want to be Korean or are envious of them? That is the power of the Hallyu wave! Haha! You know what I think? This era is the visual generation! As time goes by, people want to be pretty, handsome and fashionable. A recent study shows that beautiful people are easily successful; I agree with this.
Thank you to Do Hong 도홍 for his willingness to participate, and for his insight!
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