This blog post, graciously translated from Korean by the guy who writes Ask a Korean, is a must-read if you’re at all interested in the North Korean rocket launch or North Korea in general. The writer is a North Korean defector who is now a reporter and so offers a very unique viewpoint. Seriously, go read it.
In other Korea-related news, this Korea Times article has all us expat bloggers up in arms: Korea’s English Pandemic
“Do we really want these “white-looking” people to just stroll into Korea, who probably scored less than 500 out of 800 on their verbal portion of their SATs or don’t even know what they SATs are, to be hailed as kings by Korean parents?”
“It is the Korean parents’ crazy obsession with English that drives up the cram school fees; it is their obsession that creates such trouble for the government’s education branch to rationally allocate their already-strained budget; and, finally, it is their obsession that leads Korea to be looked-down-upon as a Plan B by those “native English speakers” who miserably fail in their own lives.”
Ah, Korean xenophobia and racism at its finest. Gotta love it. Roboseyo actually sent a letter to the paper about it. What’s even worse is the fact that this article has just come shortly after one that blames foreigners for an increase in Hepatitis A cases recently. Uh…in order to get my visa to work here, I had to get a Hep A vaccination, and I’m pretty sure the rest of us did as well. Maybe they just don’t want to think about the fact that their habits of not washing their hands and throwing toilet paper into open bins instead of flushing it might have something to do with it.
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