Today has seen the Korean blogosphere dancing in the delights of this recent article of sorts on CNNgo.
Shocking stuff altogether.
Fortunately a few bloggers have jumped to protect Korea because Korea is such a wonderful perfect place that has never done anything wrong and shouldn’t be criticised for the realities its society presents. Grrrr. What I couldn’t get over was the general belief that this post was taken so seriously and the defence of Korea was so patriotic. So in defence of decency I will try to add my own flavour and sense of balance to this debate.
But first take a moment to read what has already been said:
Roboseyo: CNNgo Trolls Bloggers; 12 ACTUALLY useful tips for Expat life.
Re: 12 rules for expat life in Korea | Chris in South Korea – Travel and life in Korea.
12 Rules for Expats in Korea | David S. Wills.
Of course, no one here is right or wrong. It’s just … well… so what? As David S. Wills makes the point, anyone who reads the CNNgo post will – hopefully – realise that this is a little bit of jolly finger-pointing…at least I think that’s the point he made (I only had a few minutes to read so I read quickly, as in quicker than ‘scan’ reading).
Anyway, the balancing act courtesy of me. Drum rolls please!!!!
1. Learn to Drink Like a Fish – Yes, do! You’ll have a great time. Forget about how much Koreans drink – I don’t think most of these other bloggers have ever seen how much English teachers in Korea drink! And, on that point, I am assuming that the people who move to Korea are adults and can make their own decision as to how much they drink. My personal preference is to drink as much as I can and learn from your mistakes (I always try to smile and say please and thank you). I am assuming you, the reader, have strong enough self esteem to make your own decisions.