When you meet someone new here, one of the first questions asked much of the time is “How old are you?” My students ask me two questions on a daily basis “How old are you?” and “Do you have a girlfriend?” but I’ll never tell. Anyways, around here in the Confucianism society, age is important. If two old men are arguing, one 43 and one 44, the 44 year old wins. It’s kind of ridiculous, but age rules around here. People will treat you will less respect when they learn your younger. Lucky being white helps sometimes.
Also, in Canada I’m 23. In Korea, I’m 25. Why? Because, when your born you are 1 year old. Then, on New Years Day, your turn a year older. So if a baby was born December 31, it’s 1 year old. The next day, it’s two. I dunno, kind of a weird way, but it’s the Korean way. Being 23 was awesome, being 25 sucks.