GOT7‘s Jackson has once again expressed his confusion over the Korean age distinction as he recently revived a very familiar complaint on “Ask Us Anything!”
In episode 118 of JTBC‘s “Ask Us Anything” GOT7 members JB, Jackson, Jinyoung and Yugyeom, along with JYP Entertainment‘s CEO Park Jin Young, shared laughs and numerous funny stories. When it was Jackson’s turn for the quiz question, he revived a very familiar complaint of his.
The question that Jackson presented to the cast was “What about Korean culture do I find hard to understand?” And the answer turned out to be “fast” or “early” birthdays.
In Korea, people born in the same year are considered to be “friends” and usually don’t require to speak in honorifics with each other. However, people born in the early months like January or February, can enter the school grade of the students born a year before them (prior to the start of the school year in March), which leads them to be considered as a part of that age group rather than the one of their birth year.
When Jinyoung asked why Jackson put up that question and if he had any specific incident or target in mind while asking, Jackson replied, “It’s our team leader, JB.” JB was born in January 1994, while Jackson was born two months later in March 1994. Even though they are born in the same year, Jackson addresses JB as ‘JB hyung‘ and has expressed his confusion over this distinction many times in the past.
Jackson explained, “There’s only a difference of two months between us. At first I didn’t know. Everyone else called him ‘hyung’, so I did too. But after a year and a half, I asked him what year he was born in, and he said he was born in January 1994. And so I asked, why have I been calling him ‘hyung’!”
Jackson emphasized that he really doesn’t understand it and also added that “It’s cool now,” but went on to say, “And I understand that this is a school thing, if they get into school first then you have to call them ‘hyung’. But we didn’t go to the same school! So why? I’m a foreigner as well.”
Yugyeom then pointed out that the problem started because Jackson automatically started calling JB ‘hyung’ in the beginning. To which Jackson replied that he initially tried to call JB “B-Boy King”, but JB told him to call him ‘hyung’ and also dramatically enacted JB’s response saying, “Hey! I’m your hyung!”
To clarify the situation, Jackson and JB then re-enacted the scene, which was a lot less dramatic than how Jackson originally painted it.
Check out the funny revelation of Jackson’s confusion, below:
Are you too confused about the Korean age distinctions, just like Jackson?