My Korean Dad and His Korean Gangster Homeboys

19 Sep

My dad is in town taking care of some stuff and hanging out, and today I hung out with him and his homeboys from elementary, junior and high school. And I gotta admit, it’s pretty original gangsta (og)… or at least original Korean gangster. Here’s a couple of examples:

  • they all call each other 임마 (immah) and 새끼 (saekki). Normally these are Korean curses when said to strangers, but among friends from childhood, it’s just another way to address your friends. Cursing at ur friends and getting away with it is mad og!
  • my dads friend was concerned that I was bored, but one of the more gangsta ajeoshis said i should just be quiet an listen. I wasn’t even mad yo! I know when one of your dads friends tell you to just “be still” (가만있어), you listen!
  • my dad was telling stories of how his boys ruled the school and no one messed with them. They were the athletes back in the day and if you messed with one, you messed with em all! LOL sounds similar to my favorite korean gangster movie, 친구 (Friend) 🙂
  • one confirmed jail time, probably a few more ha!
  • the baddest ajeoshi started two fights. At the end of the night, he had one of em bowing to him, OTL lol!
  • one ajeoshi said straight out that one of em was a gangster (깡패). I believe him because that dude had a perm

And of course, they are still very Korean. Even with all their Korean original gangsterness, there was a lot of hand holding, which progressed to cheek kissing and I love you’s (alcohol may or may not have been involved).

Cool night to experience my dad and his og friends. But actually, his childhood stories sound very similar to my own… just much more Korean 😉




7 Responses to “My Korean Dad and His Korean Gangster Homeboys”

  1. Tom Solomon September 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

    Keith, your dad did always strike me as a former bad ass. He also has the “Kim Kavorka” as I like to call it.

    Enjoying your work man!

  2. Tekho September 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM #

    Word. I wonder what stories we will tell our kids from our younger, more rebellious years.

  3. John K. September 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM #

    Lol at perm haha.

  4. cestlavieladypatience October 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM #

    Cool looking ajeoshi’s!

  5. Maim Kim (@ReformAZN) December 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM #

    Whoa, I don’t wanna mess with these gangster 아저씨s. They seem so 멌있어. That’s real cool that you get to see him chill with his boys like that.

  6. Tom Gates April 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM #

    The title of this was the funniest part. Good stuff.


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