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Valentine: What is Love? We asked Korean Kids the Meaning of Love

Valentine: What is Love? We asked Korean Kids the Meaning of Love

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It’s that time of the year again. February 14th, a day of love. We thought about writing on how Koreans celebrate Valentine but we quickly learnt there is nothing unique about how Koreans celebrate love and Valentine. Then we turned to kids, the cutest and most innocent creatures on earth. We wanted to get their take on how they define love: platonic love, romantic love, family love and all kinds of love. This was inspired by an article and videos on YouTube where children were asked to define love. We went to 20 kids and asked them the simple and sometimes difficult question to answer, what is love?

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Like every Koreanized interview, none of these kids have been coached about what to say. All these are direct quotes from the kids. We merely did a word for word translation from Korean to English, and for those who responded in English, we fixed the mistakes. Nothing was added or removed, changed, edited or manipulated in any way, shape or form.


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“Love is ice cream. I love ice cream”

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 Henry
Henry
Male, 7 years old

“Love is ❤️️ [heart emoticon]”

Jeremy Junior
Jeremy Junior
Male, 7 years old

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“I always fight with my younger brother. I think we fight a lot because we love each other.”

Tiffany
Tiffany
Female, 13 years old

“My dream was to become the Secretary General of UN but I changed my mind because of Ban Ki Moon[former UN Secretary General]. My mum says he’s so two faced. Now, my dream is to become a refugee school teacher because there are many refugees who can’t study. I want to help them study and develop more so in the future they can also help other refugees. This is because I love them.”

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Song Eun
Song Eun
Female, 12 years old

“I love my english teacher because he’s cool and never gives homework.”

Justin
Justin
Male, 11 years old

“Love is caring and worrying about somebody. Love is trying to make them happy”

Sherlock
Sherlock
Male, 13 years old

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“Love is playing games on my phone and having a fun time”

Hector
Hector
Male, 13 years old

“Love is showing kindness to others even when they are bad to you.”

Sonia
Sonia
Female, 11 years old

“Love lets us live peacefully.”

Julie
Julie
Female, 9 years old

“I love my mum, my dad and my grandmother.”

Victoria
Victoria
Female, 7 years old

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“My mum gives food to my dad and my dad will tease her and say it’s not good. They both laugh and eat together. That’s love.”

Sooyeon
Sooyeon
Female, 12 years old

“Love is when you like a girl in your class but too shy to tell her.”

James
Male, 13 years old

“When poor people don’t have sweet things but you try to help them.”

Sharon
Sharon
Female, 8 years old

“I always want to listen to [a boy in my class] clarinet because I love him. My friends say I’m “crazy in love” That is love.”

Mary
Female, 13 years old

“I think Donald Trump doesn’t know love. If he does, he would be kind to poor innocent refugees.”

Name withheld
Because I don't want Donald Trump to find me, 13 years old

“I think when children can exchange their studies, homework and share opinion, that is the perfect children’s love.”

Jiyeon
Female, 12 years old

“Love is when you try extra hard to please your parents and friends and try not to do what they hate.”

Jin
Female, 14 years old

“To become a doctor so I can help sick people become well and show love to them.”

Paul
Paul
Male, 10 years old




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