GOT7’s Jackson Explains His Top 3 Biggest Culture Shocks in Korea


GOT7 members Yugyeom and Youngjae recently made an appearance alongside fellow group member Jackson on “Quiz to Change the World” to discuss the topic of Korean culture.

On the March 7 broadcast of MBC’s variety talk show “Quiz to Change the World,” Jackson was one of the main guests on the show’s ‘lonely people’ special.

During the episode, Yugyeom and Youngjae joined Jackson in a brief video clip in which Jackson said to Yugyeom, “Don’t you know the things that I couldn’t understand about the culture when I first came to Korea?”

The three of them then started to talk about Jackson’s top three biggest culture shock experiences in Korea, starting out with food: “Why do people always have to eat ‘danmuji’ (pickled radish) with ‘jajangmyeon’ (black bean sauce noodles)? I don’t understand.”

The second one was related to a greeting that literally translates to ‘you went through a lot of trouble.’ Jackson explained, “In Hong Kong, they just say ‘good job’ after a program finishes.”

The last culture shock he introduced was a compliment about a physical feature: “In China, saying that someone’s head or face looks small is a tease. I couldn’t understand how having a small head could be a compliment [when I first came to Korea].”