Korean-Americans in California, including some who came to the United States illegally, have made a point of saying thanks in Korean when receiving donations from people who helped them in need.
In this interview with Fox News, one of them explains how she feels about people who don’t understand the culture.
How did you feel when people started giving you money in Korean?
I didn’t understand it.
I didn, like, think they were doing it to try and help.
And then when I heard they were actually doing it for you, I was like, Oh my God, I need to go get them.
I got a phone call.
The next day I had a call from the police department.
I called and said, I don’t speak Korean, what are you doing?
And they said, well, you’re giving us a lot of money.
So, yeah, I think I have a problem.
Because I don’ think they understand how Koreans feel.
What do you mean they don’t know how Koreans think?
Because we know they have a lot more in common with us than we think we do.
And I just don’t think they can really understand it because we know what it’s like to be in a situation like that.
And that’s how I feel.
We have our own culture.
And they’re different because of what you’re wearing.
And you’re different in a way, like how we talk, because we have our language.
But then, the next day, I had to tell them what they were giving me was just the clothes I was wearing.
So they said no, we don’t need to send you clothes.
And there was a little bit of a shock there because they thought that was a problem, too.
It’s just, you know, how we think about things.
So we didn’t really understand why it was a big deal.
And at the end of the day, when I got the money, I felt like I had helped them out, but they didn’t.
I just wanted them to understand.
I thought, Wow, this is a little different.
Why don’t you just ask them if they can help you?
Well, the thing is, if they don’ want to, then you know what?
I think it would be better to talk to them.
So they don to help you out?
I guess so.
But I mean, you don’ have to ask.
I mean if they’re not interested, then that’s fine.
But if you ask and they say, No, I’m not interested.
Then that’s OK.
And if you do that, I guess you could start with a different topic.
But they can tell you if they’d be more comfortable.
I mean, what if you were a person of color, what would you do?
I would ask.
But it’s really not that complicated.
So if I had the choice, I would say, You know, if I didn’ have the money I would probably ask them to give it to a group.
But they don?
So you don’t want to give them a gift to someone that’s going to use it?
But it would make them feel a little less alone?
And even if you are a foreigner and you feel like you’re alone, then it doesn’t mean you have to be.
I don;t know.
And it is kind of a tricky thing.
You know when I started to get money, people were just giving it to me.
And now, I see a lot people with money and a lot who are like, Yeah, but why are you giving me money?
So, I really think it depends on the person.
And, you can’t just do it for money.
You have to do it to make a difference.
When I was homeless, I didn;t have much.
And when I was in Korea, I got help.
I was lucky.
But that was my first time in Korea.
And what do you think, did you make a better life for yourself there?
I have to say that I had two kids and they were living with me, and I was trying to find something to eat, and my mother was trying too, and she was trying not to let them go hungry.
So I just didn’ know what to do.
Do you think that you would have made better money in Korea?
But, I mean when I came to California, I just really needed a place to live.
And one of the things that I was able to do was to find a good apartment.
And the way I did it, I put money into it, and it was so easy.
So that was good.
But the problem is that they can’t help you, right?
And I mean you can tell when someone is not willing