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Valuing Respect in Korea


(Note: This transcript has been edited for readability.)

"Korean people are quite sensitive about attitude. I think Korean people are very proud. They don't want to be looked down [upon], they don't want to be treated disrespectfully. We were invaded many times [by] other countr[ies], and we were colonized. It's [a] very, very deep scar. And also we were provided aid from other countries after the war, and the U.S. tremendously. U.S. troops is in Korean sovereign territory together. Korea's always among all these big-power countr[ies], and we have all this history. So I think [sensitivity toward attitude] maybe come[s] from this history, people being very sensitive if I am not being respected."

A South Korean national describes the historical significance of feeling respected.