White Hair and Luck

“If you have one strand, just one, single strand, of white hair on your head,

That means good luck.”

This is another folk belief that my friend, Tim, told me. Like the other superstition that I have heard from him, I have never heard of this one before. It, once again, surprises me that despite us being from the same country and having grown up with first generation Korean parents, we hear different stories and beliefs from our parents.

Timothy Chong is a 22 year old, senior in college, studying psychology. He is a friend I met through a club on campus. When I asked him to share some type of folklore or story he had heard growing up in a Korean household, he told me several beliefs. These can also be called superstitions. The sayings that he shared with me were told to him mostly by his parents because they are first generation parents that immigrated to the United States from Korea.

Tim told me this piece during break at work. We work together and it was a casual setting when he told me all his stories from his Korean culture.