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I have been wondering, what does it mean when a person adds food to someone else’s rice on their spoon or in their bowl? I am sure that it has something to do with loving / caring for that person but I wondered what is the meaning for a Korean person?
Thank you to whomever is able to help!
Yes, that person cares about you; Koreans learn to act by someone’s feelings; sometimes, it looks like telepathy.
But this caring doesn’t have to do anything with deeper feelings most times, it’s just overwhelming hospitality!
You may think: “Hm, that food looks interesting; I should try…”, and a split-second later you’ve got it! ;-)
In the vicinity of Pohang (where a German friend of ours used to work a few years ago), he was literally fed by an “ajuma” (usually middle-aged women who own and work a small shop/restaurant) – she rolled the ssambap and put it into his mouth! ;-D
Thank you for answering so quickly.
I’m amazed that someone would literally feed another person. hahah! I wonder how your friend felt by this?
afair he acceped that the Ajuma rolled his ssambab, but he wanted
to eat it by himself … ;-)
Yeah it can be uncomfortable but you don’t want to called a jerk by refusing someone’s love and care for you. Very interesting tradition, by the way.
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