Originally Posted by mags
No kidding? I did not realize that this was such a popular belief among Koreans. I had a friend in college who was a Korean adoptee and he was gay, he was her best friend and I was half tempted to drag him over to mil's house to prove to her that gay Koreans exist. However, I know she would deny it and say that it was b/c the guy was not, Korean Korean, but was an adopted child and brought up by, "Americans."
I have found that Koreans can be quite mean to those who are Korean by blood, but not Korean enough for their stds.
I knew this British couple that used to live in the North (the husband worked for the UN), and it's even worse there. I was told this anecdote several times - a colleague of his, who was very obviously gay, asked the young female interpreter if there were any gay people in North Korea. She replied something like "Of course, in the DPRK everyone is gay because of Dear Leader's kindness"
I still don't know whether that actually happened
but they also told me that the North Koreans believe homosexuality, as well as people being biracial, to be a "disease of capitalism" that the Americans brought to the South!