Earlier tonight, on the subway coming home from a day in the city with friends, an older Korean gentleman looked at me with a friendly smile and said, “Are you from Russia?”  I smiled back and said, “No, America-Migook.”  He laughed, said to himself, “America, no Russia” and got off at the next stop.  I told my companions, all of whom have been in Korea much longer than myself, what the old guy said, and one of them said this:

“He was asking if you’re a hooker.”

Then everyone else in our party nodded their heads and explained that “Are you Russian?” is the same as “Are you a hooker?”…glad I learned that early on in my time here!

So awesome, I’m 21 years old and apparently I look like a Russian hooker.  Do I take that as a compliment?

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