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Paramount
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Sat Aug 13 18:27:33
(CNN) — There was something puzzling about the young Western women staying at the youth hostels in Seoul, thought researcher Min Joo Lee.

Unlike their Asian counterparts, who she saw squeezing in as many sights and shops as possible during their stays in the South Korean capital, these women -- mostly in their early 20s -- seemed uninterested in the usual tourist trails.

Instead, for most of their days they would remain inside their hostel, sleeping or watching Korean TV shows -- venturing out only after dark.

They had come to the attention of Lee, who researches Korea's gender and race politics as a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University Bloomington, because she was in town to find out what influence the rising international profile of Korean pop culture was having on tourism.

After visiting eight hostels and interviewing 123 women, mostly from North America and Europe, Lee came to the conclusion that many had been drawn to the country by what she calls "the Netflix effect."

Hit Korean television shows like "Crash Landing on You" and "Goblin," were selling more than men with beautiful faces and chiseled bodies like their stars Hyun Bin and Gong Yoo. They were offering a glimpse into a world where men were romantic and patient, an antithesis to what the women saw as the sex-obsessed dating culture of their home countries.

The appeal of Korean men

The women Lee interviewed were fascinated with Korean men who were portrayed on TV as being in touch with their emotions and willing to embrace their "effeminate sides," Lee said.

They considered Korean men cultured and romantic while complaining that men in their home countries often neglected their appearances and had one-track minds.

Grace Thornton, a 25-year-old gardener from the United Kingdom, traveled to Seoul in 2021 after watching K-drama "Crash Landing on You" on Netflix.

She was struck by how men in the show did not jeer at or catcall women on the street, as happens in her home country.

In her eyes, Korean men are "gentlemen, polite, charming, romantic, fairytale-like, chivalrous, respectful." She said it also helps that Korean men dress well and groom themselves.

"(English men in comparison) are half drunk, holding a beer, holding a dead fish," she said -- a reference to what she said was the prevalence of fishing pictures in British male dating app profiles.

And the appeal is not entirely about the men.

As Thornton puts it: "In England, I'm very common looking and sound the same as everyone else. In Korea, I'm different, exciting and foreign. People pay attention to me. I felt special."

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Sam Adams
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Sat Aug 13 18:33:11
"I'm different, exciting and foreign. People pay attention to me. I felt special"

Lol rip korea man who is about to make a big mistake.
Rugian
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Sat Aug 13 18:45:56
Its going to be weird when the most popular porn site in five years' time is Koreaned.
kargen
Member
Sun Aug 14 00:28:00
That is really odd that young women that travel to Korea say they are interested in Korean men. I wonder what a similar poll in Spain would show? Poll the groupies at a rodeo and I bet you discover they like cowboys.

Real reason though is if things get ugly these young women can kick a Korean mans ass.
Im better then you
2012 UP Football Champ
Sun Aug 14 00:34:30
K-Pop is going to take over the world.
TheChildren
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Sun Aug 14 05:50:49
where these women at and most importantly how do they look.


murder
Member
Sun Aug 14 07:14:43

"K-Pop is going to take over the world."

No but their bots will.

Y2A
Member
Mon Aug 15 21:13:29
where these women at and most importantly how do they look."

They want kimchi, NOT wontons bro.
Habebe
Member
Mon Aug 15 22:37:46
"Instead, for most of their days they would remain inside their hostel, sleeping or watching Korean TV shows -- venturing out only after dark."

Are we sure they are not, in, you know, "professionals"
obaminated
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Mon Aug 15 22:48:10
100% hookers.
Habebe
Member
Tue Aug 16 08:11:34
A half decent white or black hooker could probably make much more in Korea than London or NYC.

Supply and demand.
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