But I didn't think too much about how it would be as a black woman, besides the issue of people touching my hair and how I was going to respond. Young people are open to black people, maybe it's not quite the same with the older people. People smelling my hands and touching my skin wondering why it's so soft. I wanted to learn more about the people and the culture. A lot of my teachers encouraged us to visit South Korea.
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"—South Africa in my case—has lead to both interesting and awkward encounters during my time in South Korea.
I did watch a few You Tube videos on interracial dating in South Korea because I was interested in what was going to happen to my dating life, which was almost non-existent before I left South Africa anyway. It led me to start thinking about race and what life in Korea is like as a black woman. I began having conversations with other black women in South Korea. It was [interesting] getting used to the new environment and getting used to being othered. Well, when I first arrived a lot of Koreans didn't think I was American because I was black. The perception has been that black people are not from America. Since living in South Korea I have started getting modelling gigs. Young people would come to us with the “ Yo, what's up," attitude. So you left Korea and came back, what made you come back?
What do you mean by saying getting used to being othered? What else was interesting about traveling or living in South Korea? Because in America I know I'm American but there isn't that much emphasis. Do Koreans still respond that way to black Americans today? The atmosphere; the party life is crazy and everything is open 24 hours. Since the first time you arrived in Korea to now, how are things different?
"Do you have Korean friends and do you have conversations about race? I think that's the reason white women don't get stared at as much. " They look at you like you are an object of desire. I was teaching at a kindergarten, the principal pulled me aside and told me the parents didn't think I'd be suitable.