‘Bogan’ is roughly the equivalent of the UK’s ‘Chav’ or ‘White Trash’ in the USA.
I’m not saying the band Bon Jovi is bogan, just that it’s the type of music that often appeals to bogans. My husband knows that as well, which was why he was scaring me like that. He just wanted to get a reaction…. which he did.
Thankfully he is not going to be a bogan any time soon, especially as it’s usually bogans being racist or telling him to “go back to where you came from”.
This comic is actually a bit incorrect. In real life he’d be the one holding the shopping basket and everything because he has to show respect to his elders. He always carries things for my parents.
Anyway, he noticed some similarities to the way my mum shops and the way I do…. haha. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be saving much money… My mum might spend her money easily but she also makes more money than us. My husband is much more like my father, always buying the cheapest stuff.
Sushi places are almost always run by Koreans here. But when you enter, the employees always greet you in Japanese and then go right back to talking in Korean to each other.
My husband prefers me to order in these situations because even though he knows they are Korean and they probably know he is Korean, he feels he has to speak in English to them and it makes him feel awkward. It’s really different to Korean restaurants where they are expecting him to just speak in Korean.
I’ve mentioned before that we had very different childhoods, so things that I grew up with, stories that I know well, mean nothing to him. May Gibbs was a famous Australian author and illustrator and many Australian children grew up reading her stories, especially the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series.
There are types of trees in Australia called Banksia Trees which have these strange cones on them. The Big Bad Banksia Men are the bad guys in the stories and are basically these ugly cones on the trees. In the stories they have arms and legs but even in real life you can see ugly faces on them and the way they grow on trees makes them look like they are sitting up on the branches in groups.
Many times I’ve cringed as I’ve walked past Banksia trees because it seems like Banksia men are glaring down at me. They were so terrifying in the stories. It’s something my husband can’t understand at all because to him it’s just a tree!
Besides from the scary villains, the stories about gumnut babies are really wonderful. Look how cute gumnut babies are:
They are really beautiful books so if you have children I really recommend them. I’ll definitely be reading them to my children.
We made this video because I randomly filmed something that showed the different experiences my husband has in Australia. As we said in the video this wouldn’t happen this way in Korea due to the big age differences between. We always say that neither country is right or wrong, it’s just different. So in Korea you can really only be close friends with someone who is the same age as you.
I’ve seen the problems arise when Koreans aren’t respectful enough to those older than them a lot in Australia. Possibly it happens more than in Korea because it can be difficult for Koreans who come out on working holiday visas. If they are around Australians a lot they may adopt a more Australian way and then accidentally offend a lot of other Koreans. You also get Koreans interacting in Australia who would have never met in Korea, from different regions in Korea, but here in Australia they may be working together or living together and there are some clashes.
As an Australian it is difficult for me to understand why it’s such a big deal sometimes. If someone has no malicious intent surely they can joke around a bit? The word ‘larrikin’ is often used to describe some elements of Australian culture, but it just doesn’t transfer well to Korean culture. Many times I’ve seen Korean people in Australia get very upset because someone Korean and younger than them didn’t use the correct level of speech with them, asked something too directly, made a joke that they thought was too disrespectful. For me as an Australian, if the person who was ‘disrespectful’ is overall a good person, I don’t worry about it much, but for many Koreans it’s something they can get very upset about and there have been huge problems arising from these mistakes.
Those who watch some Korean TV shows may have seen some incidents like that. The YG reality show ‘WIN Who is Next’ had an incident in one of the episodes. YG boss appointed someone whose age was in the middle as the group leader and this guy then spoke very directly to one of the older guys. That guy didn’t take it well at all and stormed out of the room. You may think that’s just made more dramatic for TV but it’s something that happens. People can find it very offensive. My husband, understanding how Australian culture is different, doesn’t ever get really upset about it and especially because he knows my brother is poking fun because he likes him, but it’s something I will have to be careful of in Korea.
5 points to anyone who recognises who my brother is…. some Sydney-siders might have seen him around.
I swear he misses so many things simply because he is not wearing clothes. Didn’t want to subject our neighbours to his nudity.
The sky was really weird yesterday! I thought there was smoke from back burning in the mountains. Back burning is when they burn areas of bushland to make clear areas, so when there are real bushfires they can stop them. I checked the news later and it was smoke from real bushfires! That is a horribly early start to bushfire season in Australia. It’s going to be a very hot summer.
I googled it and…. yeah not many! We do much better at the Summer Olympics.
Korea is a similar time zone to Australia so that is good for our athletes. Japan has just been announced as the host to the 2020 Summer Olympics which is also good for Australian athletes because of the similar time zone and we are used to competing in Asia.
Stubborn! This happens pretty regularly. We haven’t had much of a winter in Sydney this year and we’ve had plenty of days where you hardly need long sleeves. But if you get caught outside without warmer clothes it can suck.