Why Do Asian Men Hold Their Girlfriends’ Purses?
I noticed a peculiar phenomenon while I lived in Seoul for a year in 2003: many Korean men will hold their girlfriends’ purses for them as they stroll down the street, shop in a mall, or just generally walk about. Truly mystifying.
Imagine my surprise when I spotted the same practice on display outside a sushi restaurant in downtown Mountain View, Calif. (See photo, left.)
Clearly, the man is not the true owner of the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag he is clutching in his right hand. It must belong to the woman next to him. So why is he holding it?
Someone explain. Please.