The Importance of Blood Types in Korea

I’m not much of a believer in star signs dictating personalitybut then again, we Aquarians are known for being contrary. Koreans and other Asians add another surprising element to discovering personality: blood type.

blood type bath wash in Japan

blood type bath wash in Japan

It was my students who first introduced me to this concept. During my first week at work, I allowed the third year middle school students (grade 9 in North America) to ask me any questions about me that they wanted. “Do you have a boyfriend?”, “What is your favourite Korean food?”, “How many brothers and sisters do you have?” were some common questions, along with “What is your blood type?”

What is my blood type? I have no ideawhich, just so you know, is not an accepted response here. Recently, I asked my first year students to write an interview with a celebrity. I noticed blood types kept creeping into their questions and answers here, too. Finally, I asked the girls how they know about their blood types, and they told me that they’re told by their parents when they’re young.

Psychological Research published an article called “The Study of Temperament Through Blood Type” in 1927. This paper, written by the Japanese scholar Takeji Furukawa, set off this whole trend regarding blood types and personality. Though it was contested due to its unscientific basis, its impression on Asians has stayed. According to studies, Type As are creative, compassionate, fussy, and naive; Type Bs are active, cheerful, selfish, and irresponsible; Type ABs are rational, logical, critical, and indecisive; and Type Os are optimistic, sociable, vain, and opportunistic.

In the Korean dating world, you shouldn’t be surprised if a potential mate asks you for your blood type. He or she just wants to know if you’re compatible, much like asking for your astrological sign. Rumour has it that the poor Type B fellas are not so desirable. There’s even a Korean movie (My Boyfriend is Type-B) in which the guy is a “typical” selfish, womanizing Type B and the girl is a shy, naive Type A.

But, we Aquarians are open-minded and tolerant, so I'll give this blood types and personality thing a chance. 

Do you know your blood type? If you don't, this short quiz might help you find out. Let me know what you get in the comments below!