I don’t usually reply to hatemail or absurd comments but I thought this one brought an interesting subject up…
Honestly… I never really thought about it so I asked some of my Japanese and Korean friends: most of them assured me that a white person saying “Oppa” or “-chan” is fine, especially when addressing a Korean or Japanese person. For most of them, they consider it being thoughtful to their culture and language and appreciated it.
Kinda the same way a French person from Québec will appreciate it when a person who doesn’t speak French at all will greet you in French and try to talk in French as much as possible. Even if it’s broken, there is effort and the person is being thoughtful about my culture: I definitely appreciate it.
So why would it be wrong the other way around, right?
I know that it can be annoying in a way… I’ve met over enthusiastic Japanophiles before. I don’t mean to generalize but a lot of them would use kawaii or arigatou as much as possible to a point where it was too much. But if you balance it out, like using those words when you are hanging out with a Japanese person and you truly are studying Japanese (listening to Japanese music doesn’t count as studying btw~) then it’s absolutely ok!
I know a lot of my readers are somewhat interested in Asian cultures and some are Asian. Please let me know what you think =)
[ In case you are wondering, B Oppa and J Oppa are both in Korea, this is why I haven’t talked about them in a while~ They’ll be back at the end of the summer!]
edit; I just want to say that I’m not angry or anything! That comment doesn’t affect me in any way but the second part of it (about disrecpecting the korean culture) made me reflect. That’s it. No bad feelings here~ lol