A teacher at my school asked me this question. He asked me for an honest answer.
What do I think of Korea?
I put it quite simply for him (because of his English)(and my Korean).
I said, I think Korean people are great. One-on-one, Koreans are kind and welcoming. They are generous and friendly. I honestly love Korean people. I want to learn the Korean language to I can hear their stories and share some laughs. But Korean society is the opposite of Korean people. It excludes foreigners (and even some Koreans). It is hard to penetrate unless you are already accepted. It looks at foreigners with suspicion and (up to a certain point) disdain. It does not want to change. Things are done how they’ve always been done, because that’s how they’ve always been done (why should we change it?). There is sex and corruption to a level where it make my head spin.
I love Koreans, I really do. But Korean society for me is hard to accept, as it will never accept me. That’s what I think of Korea.
Fine, I didn’t put it exactly like that, but it was very similar, perhaps with more hand gestures…