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Why Do Asian Men Hold Their Girlfriends’ Purses?

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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.

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Written by Asianista

December 7, 2009 at 12:40 am

Posted in Asia, Habits and Customs

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  1. We recently visited a friend in SKorea last year, and he explained that the men actually own those purses. As in, yes that guy is most likely the owner of the LV bag. Our friend pointed out that whenever we see a couple, both the man and the woman are carrying their own purses. I then started noticing that with younger hipper guys at the Korean joints here in SF – which are surprisingly awash in man-purses.

    MissTdJ

    January 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm


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