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Worried about North Korea?

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2 words:  Don’t be.  If you’ve lived here long enough, you would know that this is almost a ‘normal’ occurrence that happens at least once a year.  Basically North Korea trying to start up some shit so they could use that as leverage to get food and aid.  Both Koreans and expats are going on with their business as usual.

“It’s comforting to be here and see what isn’t happening,” said McIntosh who arrived Sunday.

“Everything seems to be business as usual here.”

“There definitely seems to be a calm,” she said.

A 45-year-old German man, here on business, said that he was initially worried about coming to Korea, but after checking with his foreign ministry, he decided to come anyway.

Annika Nummela, an exchange student from Finland who arrived in Korea three months ago, said that when she first heard the news, it came as a shock.

“I was reading the news, watching what to do but still quite calm because everybody was so calm,” said the Helsinki native.

Joanna Kruppa, visiting Nummela, wasn’t quite sure what to make of the news, but after reading her native Finland’s foreign ministry website, she felt it was safe to travel.

Watching CNN and BBC, it is definitely blown out of proportion compared to local news.  While it is serious, it’s so common that people seem to be almost indifferent to the situation.  Of course it is still serious and people did lose their lives which does require action from Korea and other countries.  However, the bottom line is that Korea is still a very safe place to live and work.

An expat teaching English for her fourth year in Korea, said she was kind of surprised, and that her mother back in the U.S. was more worried, than she was.

Kristen Dickman said her mother thought that “we were all going to die,”

She had to alleviate the concerns of many of her friends and family back at home.

Kip Webster, an English teacher from Scotland who lives in Incheon, felt calm despite being a little closer to the devastated island than most.

“I was a little bit calm, but I suppose the Korean people that I work with, they were very calm about it, and that helped to reassure me,” he said.

Despite living a mere 90 kilometers away from Yeonpyeong Island, Webster felt completely safe.

“I’m very close, but I feel like it might as well be 1000 miles away, I don’t feel threatened at all,” said the expat of 18 months.

But there were those rattled by the North’s actions.

“I have one friend who is leaving on Friday because of this, and another friend whose parents and her whole family are really pressuring her to leave, because everyone’s really worried,” said Dickman.

None of these thoughts echoed for Elizabeth Castro, an expat from Mexico.

“No, I’m not afraid, I’m from Mexico. Mexico is more dangerous, this is nothing for me,” she said when asked if she felt she was in any danger living in Seoul.

For many in the South, it seems as they have overcome the initial shock. In light of the incident they are coming together, alleviating the fears of others and brushing off the North’s attempt at striking fear in them.

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December 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

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