In Initial Encounters, (previous post) it became abundantly clear that I needed some help with this whole idea of ‘hunting’ in Korea. That being said, I am a Biology major, and a Korean men minor, so this is actually right up my alley. Why did I even struggle with this in the first place? If I can apply my ecological knowledge to Korean men, I might get some answers on how to hunt successfully, or if I play it extremely well, then I can force someone to prey on me, or at the very least, define the phenomena that are occurring. So what do I know? Enough that we’ve got six entries on the topic, which might seem like too much, but bear in mind, I’m not in Korea this month (and therefore have no access to Korean men), and the Olympics keeps everyone busy. Still it might come as a surprise that Korean meeting and dating habits fit exactly into well-defined and research ecological phenomena.
Yes, I’ve taken this a little too far. But it’s all for the sake of education (and a result of a recent lack of time given the Olympics and a short sojourn from Korea). Bear with me for the last of the series. I will be back on track next time for sure. I am missing those sexy Korean men like crazy and it is somewhat fitting that the last of the series is about humans as predators! Among animals, it is indeed humans that are the best-organized and most powerful of all predators. They are known to be clever, they can use tools in achieving their goal (soju, flaunting assets, flowers, jewelry etc.), they can and they easily cooperate with each other. They have reformatted large parts of the world with the goal of predation, and Korea is no exception, with its huge range of social gathering locales, to be found anywhere, everywhere and at anytime. As prey, it has been argued that without weaponry, a human is defenseless against natural enemies, which just goes to show that we all need some tricks, most of which are not instinctive and must be learned, in the wilderness of relationships and dating, particularly cross-culturally.
Speaking of which, in conservation, it is introduced predators that prove too much for populations that have not co-evolved with them, leading to possible extinction. So while in Korea, it is unlikely that the Korean ethnicity will ever disappear, it has now become a serious concern to many of the ‘mixed-blood’ that is becoming more widespread with Koreans marrying foreigners and subsequently reproducing. Furthermore, predators are often endangered themselves, if competition from other species becomes too tough. This is not yet an issue in Korea, but I have before read that the sex ratio in 20 years time will be slightly skewed – specifically, the men will need to compete to get access to a female, not sure if this was a reliable source or not, but it will certainly be the case in China in a few years time.
After a six part series, and a fairly good review of my first year ecology textbook, I’m not sure if I answered my initial question. I am still as equally clueless about hunting or getting hunted in Korea.
At least what I have done is demonstrated that a scientific evidence can be applied to social situations in Korea. I bet all academia could work like this from applying quamtum physics to explaining the aerodynamics of girls whining flirting behavior, or theory of finance in order to explain the existence and appeal of couple t-shirts.
The lesson from all of this? There is really no best answer for how to prey. In fact, while a lot of behavior is definable, it is also predictable, and ultimately no fun. My advice? Be yourself and be natural! Say hello, where are you from? I stopped to talk to you because you are really good-looking! I like your shirt, or something along those lines. It avoids a lot of complications, requires no planning or studying, and one doesn’t need to worry about anything. So much for all of this knowledge I thought I had. KTYL.