These photos of male Korean celebrities have been causing mixed reactions between Korean and international fans.
Photos of these “manner hands” have been circulating the internet, causing international fans to be disappointed and Korean fans to be frustrated with international fans. However, this is purely due to the differences in culture between international and Korean fans.
Korea is a country that puts high importance in respect, politeness, and tradition, which is where the gesture called “manner hands” stems from. Western fans, however, view these gestures as “hover hands”. “Hover hands” are known to represent awkwardness, and men generally don’t do “hover hands” with women if they’re comfortable around them.
“Hover hands”, in contrast to the Korean “manner hands”, generally represent awkwardness as opposed to respect and men generally don’t do “hover hands” with women if they’re comfortable around them.
Whether these celebrities are using “manner hands” or “hover hands,” they are praised in Korea for this gesture as it shows their respect towards a person’s boundaries and personal space.
Lee Seung Gi
Yoo Jae Suk
Kim Soo Hyun
Jo In Sung