I have been in Korea for more than five years. I see male intimacy everywhere, in ways I’d never seen in South Africa. These affections are not just inebriated affection, sober male students hug, feed each other, hold hands and sleep on each others’ shoulders in much the same way straight girls do. Sixteen-year-old boys napping on one another’s shoulders while holding hands would even in South Africa not go down well. Intimacy between same sex people is in comparison scary back in South Africa, especially amongst men. You hold hands with another man and suddenly you’ve invited ridicule into your life. One would think with this platonic affection on display, gay people in Korea would have a much easier time. But there is no such freedom for them. In fact if you ask most people whether or not they know any homosexuals they will say: "There are no gays people in Korea."
Like so many things in Korean society
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