A user sent me an e-mail stating that he/she is Korean, without further details about which Korea. In English, is it the default that Korean means from South Korea? Is it always the case?
For extra background:
The person is currently living in the US. From this information, I infer that it is very likely that the person is South Korean. However, given that the person did not specify this, either:
- They assume that South Korean is the default, hence no need to specify it;
- They want to hide the fact that they are North Korean, hence they chose to omit it.
Both explanations would seem plausible to me.
Also note that, in the context of the message, only nationality would be relevant, not ethnicity.