Being an Older Non-Korean Korean in Korea

Life for me is slightly different than for most of the foreign teachers here in Korea.  Many people wonder and ask me about two things quite frequently:  getting a job as an older teacher, and being Korean (or asian in general) in Korea.  Things that someone out of college a few years simply doesn’t need to think about.  Yes, being/getting older has it’s pluses and minuses.

I talk about how fitting in, dating, getting a job and speaking the language are affected by being Korean, and furthermore – being an ajushi!



  1. You're not an adosshi yet! You are not married, and you have no kids!

    Plus, you look like you are in your late twenties or early thirties.

  2. Thanks, John. I will send you a check in the mail!

  3. Loved the video! Yay for mid-lifers.

    These are definite concerns and obstacle to the possibility of returning. When I left I was already rounding that corner. So coming back as a 40ish year old will be much harder and *dating* … well, we can just strike that one off the list. Being an older unmarried woman would carry a stronger stigma.

  4. Thank you, Christine. Are you planning on teaching again? That would be awesome if you did. One of the first blogs I ever read on life here was yours on your apartment and how you had to wrap your mattress with plastic. lol – I can completely relate now.

    There is definitely a stigma here around being unmarried after, say, 30. Not so much negative as people just wanting to help you get married. It's funny. Though things are changing, it's still a country that holds closer to the traditional "marry when young" model than back home. It's all good though – settling into a relationship would just keep me from being able to see other countries some day.

  5. You remind me of a guy in a kdrama… lol.. a career option.

  6. lol – hopefully a cool one. Well, ya never know!

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