Sorry this Mama Didn't Get the Memo - Page 3
I guess most of this comes down to common sense politeness. The problem is, Koreans are not polite. They are blunt and rude and mostly unapologetic about it. (I'll spare you my stories of Koreans making such comments to me.) Centuries of oppression under this or that empire have created a society that doesn't see much use for politeness other than in saving face among peers or upholding the family honor through some invented obligation or expectation. So please put up with me while I'm learning these new rules of etiquette. You might think that I should have common sense or be smart enough to have figured this stuff out by now, but then you're coming from the perspective and benefit of a culturally American upbringing. As someone recently said to me, I'm having a bit of trouble translating from the Korean.This is an original post for the LA Moms Blog. Please leave parenting etiquette tips for Eunice here and on her personal blog, Random Walk Down Mommy Street.