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Different Types of Expats you will encounter in Korea

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20 thoughts on “9 Different Types of Expats You Will Come Across in Korea

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      I thought you would be version 2!

  1. Stephen Redeker says:

    Dom, love this one. I’ve been some of these myself from the Noob to the Partier, but I would consider myself somewhere between the Mellow and Lifer V.2, (with occasional bouts of Hypocrite)

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Thanks man. I think many of us have all been several of these at one point.

  2. 째즈 스타 says:

    I think I’m a combo of the Lifer(2), a little bit of a fiend, and certainly more of a mellow gal. I will get on someone’s case if they start talking too much negatively about this place. But usually I just listen to what they have to say and ask more questions why they feel so negative. It’s when they don’t come up with a reason that supports their opinion that I start to tell them they can just go. Haaa. I’m pretty supportive and patriotic towards Korea. But I’m a lifer for sure. 😉 Loved this post!

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Thanks! I can get like that sometimes too but probably more balanced haha.

  3. Grace Buchele says:

    Hahahaha. I live in Japan and it’s pretty much the EXACT same (the same 9 types). This is hilarioius, though! Good job~

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Thanks! I think it’s pretty much the same in most countries with the expat communities. Would love to check out Japan again!

  4. Guy Geaux says:

    I’ll double down with a slightly larger generalization/observation that I made the first year of my 6.5 year stint: there are two kinds of foreigner origin stories. Cool traveling people who wanted to see the world and have found their way to the penninsula & people who appear to have been rejected by everything in their home country, have nowhere else to go, and are on their way to becoming lifers whether they love it or not.

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      This also true. A much simpler description haha.

  5. Paul Eun says:

    Great list! However, isn’t “The Hypocrite” just a subcategory of “The Negative”? Just saying! =) I’ve always thought all of these “types” of people are also back home, wherever home may be. Here, we are able to see these “types” more clearly simply because the expat community is small enough for our differences to come to the surface wherever we look. Really we live in a social petrie dish! That said, in the grand scheme of things, all of us expats are actually in the same category: people who left our home country. Cheers! =)

    • Paul Eun says:

      The Negative, The Lifer v1, The Culturally Shocked, and most Partiers should have never left home to begin with unless they were able to personally grow into a Mellow guy/gal. =)

  6. Tracy Williams Jr says:

    Lol Im definitely a Lifer number 2. Party days are over though..

  7. eslwriter says:

    This list of types needs one more category to be complete: “The guy who has it all figured out.”

  8. SalmonFillet says:

    Then there’s the people whose soul is being sucked out from living here so bad they can’t even talk about it unless they’re really drunk and depressed, stay here for the money and the friends they’ve made for a few years before finally fleeing. Dunno if it’s a wide category of people, but I’ve known a couple people like that. The stoic prisoner/mercenary? Usually get out once they obtain a master’s degree/phd and find better opportunities. Appear to be Mellow guys/gals until you witness said bouts of depression.

  9. jimmy jones says:

    You forgot one … those expat’s who are sick and tired of being categorized as this or that. How about this category … ‘pretender journalists who write such pathetic, repetitive articles that have been done the world over that serve no purpose but to drum up their ego and claim that they have written something’.

    Now that is a category that I’ve seen many times in Korea … and the author/s here definitely fall into this category

    • Chris Tharp says:

      Thanks for fulfilling one of the stereotypes, Jimmy.

  10. 나나 says:

    The Partier here… Became friends with the security and the bartenders of my fave places… Then I got a Korean boyfriend and he was not exactly happy about me being a 클럽죽순이 and I stopped going clubbing that much. Huge mistake. I want to go back so badly!

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