On Sunday night, I met up with him and his friend Jisook who is a UOS buddy to a girl from Hawaii. The conversation quickly turned to relationships, as Jaeyong asked me what I thought of the Korean men in Seoul. I told him that many were very attractive. Then he asked me who was the hottest guy in the ISS program. I told him that there really weren't too many (there really aren't, mostly white Frat guys that just want to party and get laid) but if I had to say who was the most attractive, it would be Alex, a tall Black marketing student from Miami University in Ohio. The man is straight up mahogany and looks like a model, but his personality doesn't really match mine. I told him I made it a point to meet all 2 of the Black men in the program. He asked me why, and I retorted that I knew he made it a point to meet all the Koreans he saw on our lilly-white University.
While I was telling him, I noticed that Jisook was blushing. I asked her what was wrong, and Jaeyong quickly told me, "Oh, she likes Black guys."
"You like black men?" I asked excitedly, because I had been wondering about their perceptions about race and dating. "Do you like Alex?"
Slightly abashed, she said yes.
I told her she should go talk to him, but then she shook her head sadly.
"Why not?" I asked.
"Because I have a boyfriend already."
"Oh", I said but not discouraged because I felt this was an important chance to gauge their perspectives on Black and Korean relationships.
"So growing up, instead of Rain and T.O.P. posters, you had Ne-Yo and Usher posters?" I joked.
She smiled and laughed.
I told them that I had seen a lot of Black men with Korean women around but not many Black women and Korean men around. I also told them that I had not seen too many biracial children. I asked if they had ever met or gone to school with biracial children, either Black and Korean or White and Korean but they confessed they never had.
That's the thing, I have not seen many biracial children while I have been here. I've seen a white woman and a korean man's children but we were near the army base. The most beautiful children I saw were half Indian and half Korean; they were gorgeous but that was at an Amusement Park. At least in Japan I saw some biracial children in the streets of Kofu and on television, but none here. I wonder if many interracial couples decide to move their family to the United States, as many of my friends who are of Korean and Black descent live in America and only visit Korea. It is another thing I will have to ask.
So I asked Jisook straight up, who her parents would prefer her to bring home: a white guy or a black guy? She said with a sad smile, probably not a Black guy which sadly didn't surprise me at all. I'll have to ask if they know anyone in an interracial relationship and how their relationship is received in Korea.
I'll keep you posted on reception and perceptions of Blasian love here in Seoul :D