Meeting the In-Laws Part 1
– Miserable Chopsticks and Korean Table Etiquette –
This is long overdue, I know, but here goes nothing:
A few months ago, upon arriving to Korea, I almost pooped my pants because I had to meet my mother and father in-law and EVERYONE else. Of the stories my Korean friends have told me, of the comments I’ve read online and of what I’ve heard from colleagues/friends in relationships with Koreans, I developed an irrational fear of my family to-be.
I am pretty sure many out there have gone through the same thing – and thankfully survived to tell hehehe. I can sympathize and share that collective experience. Find out how and why…
I won’t write an entire novel here, because there is just too much to say. However, one thing that’s stuck with me and about which I am still self-conscious is the incident depicted in my latest comic.
Listen, I THOUGHT I was pretty skilled at eating with chopsticks – having practice while watching the Karate Kid and all -, but I was never put to the test like this before. I actually performed miserably and still to this day I make a mess whenever I eat around a big group of Korean people. It may be a fear that is impairing my abilities or it may just be that I over-estimated my own talents. Whichever may be the case, one thing remains: my poor chopsticks and Korean table etiquette lead me to believe my in-laws feel as though I am an unfit wife and mother to-be hahaha. Yes, folks. I’ve said it. I have low self-esteem in front of them and profoundly think they pity me and treat me as a child who is incapable of succeeding at anything Korean culture-related.
Anywho, let me know if you’ve experienced any similar situation (be it within a Korean context or other) and how you dealt with it. Also, just enjoy the comic and laugh a little at my expense. Have a great end of weekend!