Tuesday, March 18, 2008

#22 Believing they decend from royalty


All Korean Moms claim to have decended from Korean royalty. Not just any Korean royalty, but the best dynasty, with the best King and the best rice...ever. Korean Moms also like to claim that they are from the 'purest' line of Kims, or Jongs, or Shins. They will assure you that their last name is like the holy of holys...so pure in fact, that people cannot directly look at her lest they burn up and die. They will not only ingrain this fact into you from birth, she will tell you to tell other people of this fact when they ask. No, people will never ask. If it does ever come up among a group Koreans however, at some point all 40 people will look at each other sheepishly and admit that they got this information from their Korean Moms. Let's face it, no one wants to be a szhang-nom/peasant.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

so wait... i'm not a descendant of royalty?

Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, ha. So true.
In high school, I recall that my mother told me, "Your (Royal) Korean ancestors had math, astronomy and a written language when your (gasp) Filipino boyfriend's ancestors were still running around the jungle with sticks." My father also said that the reason why Korean people have so little body hair is that they were wearing clothes when other ethnic groups were still running around naked.

Anonymous said...

well my mom did tell me she did come from royal family and we looked it up all ancestry and she was right i dont think she lied. my friend told me she decendede from slaves and she did not lie either.(she is korean)
and my dad told me his ancestor is the great general. i dont think my parents lied and i know this because i grew up over 20 years in korea and i dont think my parents ever lied to me, because they never have. i do belive them.

Anonymous said...

My mil brags that her ancestor was, "the great general" as well! LMAO, that great general must have been a busy man!

Seoul Brother said...

I believe my mom is descended from royalty.

Sincerely.

She's a goddamn royal pain in scrotum.

And may I say - Thank Buddha that more of my brothas and sistas are coming out from under the malignant thumb of their wizened mothers!

Sue said...

So true. Instead of "Mom" I think my first word was "Yangban."

Anonymous said...

This proves the truth to those Korean dramas she watches. Wealthy people screw with poor people and vice versa, so we've all descended from someone great ... and probably have 5 times as many great-grandfathers that were apes. We're related! Cousin!

Seoul Brother said...

Get your stinking hands off me, you damned dirty ape!

The reality will come out that OldMom was in some way related to royalty - she was the friggin' court jester.

Anonymous said...

They also like good spelling as in descend not decend.....

Heather *IsaBella and Harrison's Mommy* said...

My mom never told me about this stuff! But on hubby's side, our "kunabujee" has a real jok-bo that is extremely old (dates back at least 200 years or something like that!) and it's basically a family jewel... We are the descendants of a great prince, the one who married the Indian princess? I have no clue, but there's a bit of the purple lip going on in this fam...

Love always,
Heather

sandra said...

man. i just thought i was special all this time.

Irene Cho said...

my parents both told me that their ancestors were kings. king cho and king lee.

i had no idea that this was a common thing korean moms say!!!

thank you.

Anonymous said...

Just FYI, IIRC, only people of noble class had last names, which was less than 50% of the people during the Joseon dynasty. Only within the last 200-300 years did people of lower classes obtain last names, where many of them adopted the last names of their masters or picked a famous one.

Anonymous said...

Also, some slaves "switched" their newborn babies with the royals so their child lead a better life...

Jong Keun said...

Can't you check the family registry? It shows the place your progenitor lived.

kimchikraut said...

Find out here:
http://www.surname.info/surname-info.html

and the Kimhae Kim are part Indian:
According to a story recorded only in the Samguk Yusa, in 48 CE, Princess Heo Hwang-ok made an epic journey from a country called "Ayuda" to Korea, where she married King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya and gave birth to 10 children, thus starting the Kim dynasty of Geumgwan Gaya, the capital of which was in present-day Goryeong County. The country of Ayuda is often identified with Ayodhya in India. [1]

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Jessica! said...

Awesome. Not only did my mom tell we were descendants of Kim Saejong, but that my dad's family (who's white) were royalty as well. I just thought we were really, really special.

Anonymous said...

Genial post and this fill someone in on helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you for your information.

Anonymous said...

Man, my parents always told me that there's no royal blood in us.

Dori Dori! said...

1/5th of korean population has royal acenstry.

Anonymous said...

Apparantly I have a lot of relatives I didn't know I had? Considering I am also a descendant of Royal family... The Indian Princess one too. According to my mother, her brother showed her this "book" with the proof in it during her last visit to Korea. She attributes the more olive color of her and my brothers skin to picking up on the Indian side?