I’m extremely proud of my Korean heritage, but when I see shit like this, it doesn’t make me feel good about my fellow brethren:

This is a sign recently posted outside a bar in Hongdae, Seoul that’s been causing some controversy online after an upset U.S. citizen posted it.

The proprietors of the business insist that this policy isn’t meant to discriminate against anyone, but rather attract Korean patrons only; since their employees “cannot communicate in English.” Really? Come on, I know Americans can be arrogant assholes sometimes, but this is some bullshit racist shit no matter how it’s spun.

Sadly, this isn’t the first business in Korea that has openly discriminated against Americans and other foreigners. Sometimes it’s very direct and overt:


Other times, the reasons behind the discrimination is, well….Ebola? Seriously?


Look, everyone knows when it comes to technology and most aspects of modern life, Korea is a leader—often further along in the 21st Century than even other developed countries. But it seems like with some aspects of modern culture, Korea’s still stuck in the 20th century.


  1. This is sad to hear. I respect Korean culture but man, when they wanna be insular, they go hard. Hope these businesses change for the sake of progress where xenophobia will be a thing of the past.

  2. don’t you know that you have to be covert and not overt?