Tuesday, March 18, 2008

#24 Made in Korea


Korean Moms love everything made in Korea. They don't just love it, they will put their lives on the line for it. They firmly believe that everything made in Korea is far superior to things made elsewhere. When they buy things at Costco, like socks or bbanse, they will scour the package for the label that says, "Made in Korea". If this label cannot be found, they will say, "Aigoh, Korea make better". If they purchase items made elsewhere, like Mexico or Japan, and they fall apart or break, Korean Moms will say, "Because not made in Korea". Don't ever show your Korean Mom something you bought for a lot of dough that was not made in Korea. She will take it as a personal slap in the face. Korean Moms will attempt to obstain from purchasing things like the 'Italy towel' (special back scrubbing towel) in America, in order to wait until their next big trip to Korea and purchase items there. Then they will proceed to lug these items home in giant, and I mean giant, plaid bag. Some of my fondest memories are of my Korean Mom going to Korea and bringing back so many Korean made bras that you would think she had 20 pairs of boobs like that one Indian god, or a pregnant animal.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

lol its true my mom is really obsessed with korean made things but i really believe that made in korea is high quality compared to other county made one . Korean made clothing, socks, undies and shoes are far more better quality and design than american ones . Its not as good as japanese ones but korean ones are a lot better tahn made in china or other countries.. your mom and my mom has points there lol

Anonymous said...

Yes, I admire the clothes that my Korean friends bring back from their trips back home. 20 bras, LOL, that's Costco size!

Anonymous said...

OMG, yes, the plaid bag!!! You could fit a whole child in there! My mom would always come back with the plaid bag filled with a ton of underwear and nae-bok (long underwear). She was convinced that no one could make underwear (panties or nae-bok) better than Koreans. It wasn't until I went to college that I actually started wearing underwear sold in US stores.

Les said...

My ex (Korean) claims that she has to buy Korean bras because American bras don't fit right on Korean bodies.

Anonymous said...

haha sooo true! my mom alwyas tells me to buy korean brands like samsung in order to support koreans lol

CaptG'sGirl said...

Your entire blog cracks me up, but this post was especially funny!

Last fall, I took a trip to Seoul with my Korean mother-in-law. (Quite brave when you consider I'm a white girl from the mid-west who knows exactly a dozen words in Korean and knew I'd be repeatedly told for the entire three weeks how fat I was...)

Anyway, I couldn't figure out why she bought (literally) 100 pair of underwear. She told me, because they are "better--made in Korea, cotton." Naturally, I was given the stink-eye when I mentioned they sell cotton underwear in the States.

Of course, that was just the tip of the iceberg. She ended up with four HUGE suitcases to bring back (which I had the pleasure of dragging through the airport for her...) Not to mention the fact that she used some of the space in my suitcases for her Korean-made goodies. :)

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

It's true that made in Korea is pretty good stuff! But my mom is obsessed with packing her bags full of undies and pj's and socks and stuff and even "asks" other passengers who aren't up to their limit to take her luggage as their own so she can manage to get 10 bags of Korean Cotton Crap to the US! I tell her everytime that the US also makes cotton underwear, but no, it must be made in the motherland...

Love always,
Heather

Anonymous said...

Your blog is hilarious! However, I have to agree with your mother that I find "made in Korea" products far superior in quality. Especially electronics they don't break easily and last forever. I still have at least 100 pairs of socks I brought 5 years ago. But I never brought undies/bras from Korea. I guess I love victoria's secret too much.

kimchikraut said...

My mom threatened to go to farm in the mountains of Korea to be sure she would get pure Korean gochugaru because the stuff here is all from China and thus poisonous.

Anonymous said...

you can get italy towels on ebay, and they ship straight from korea! I just ordered a bunch of them!

James said...

My mom insists that I should eat 5 times a day. "Leh mee doo, you no do right!" She won't let me help her do something until I have to literally take it from her. For women, it seems like instinct to be perfect at house cleaning. Let her get into Mahjong on pogo-dot-com. Or New Rally X the classic arcade game---

Anonymous said...

FYI,
Korean bra DO fit Korean boobies much better. I find American bras tend to be too wide in the cup area.

Anonymous said...

OMG My korean teacher did that to me. Every time I come to class she tells me that I'm pretty and then informs me what she likes about me (mostly clothes, make-up or my hair) which isn't what most Koreans tend to do. But last time she gave me a present, it was a 'special' cream out of Korea which makes your face shine, bright and healthy or so she says. She brought it especially from Korea, since the best facial products come from there.

She's married to a caucasian (or white guy as you prefer), has 2 adorable girls and lives in Belgium since 8 years, but while reading this blog I recognize so many things about her. She's a wonderfull person!