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Sad but True

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Thanks GrizzlyB for posting a comment in regards to my post about English teachers trying to change their image.  You’re very pessimistic but you speak the truth.  Put simply, do your job, don’t expect any favours, and don’t do anything stupid.  I’ve BOLDED the parts that hit home.

Nope, English teachers just have to do their job and behave normally in Korea. Having a one year contract and a shitty free room does not equate to some obligation to run around and show Koreans who are xenophobic/racist that foreigners are human beings.

Start seeing Koreans as people who live in a society that is ethnically homogenous apart from a foreigner population of still limited size. While there is a general inability to see foreigners as people who are equal, there’s a mostly live and let live attitude towards them. As is the case in other countries, there are elements who are abusive towards non Koreans.

This is fed by irresponsible sections of the media and by politicians who get away in Korea with saying racist garbage that is not acceptable on the part of politicians in some other countries.

Korean society has a big problem with alcohol,has an age of consent that is 13, encourages males to pay for sex and accepts married men whoring around while wives and kids at home. Koreans are hardly in a position to criticise E-2 holders for partying on their days off provided the partying is not illegal in any way and Koreans are not harassed by drunk foreigners in any way.

E-2 visa holders don’t have to go out of their way to give money to Koreans and their causes, visit orphanages, do free work etc etc. In the case of orphans you are just going to end up being pestered for expensive/brand goods and will not be appreciated for small gifts you give. Korean orphans have the same shallow materialistic ethos that other Korean kids show.

In the case of helping care for the animals that are tortured and thrown away in shamefully high numbers, you won’t get any credit from Koreans nor will it change their attitudes either to their treatment of animals or foreigners.

So volunteer if you want to but it won’t make much if any difference to most Koreans’ attitudes. Just follow the law and don’t cause disturbances. Just because Koreans give you a job that pays less for the hours than some serving coffee and burgers back home doesn’t mean you have any obligation other than to do your job as well as you can and follow the law.


Written by recruiterinkorea

November 22, 2010 at 11:14 am

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