foreigners

Crimes by English teachers going down?

This post by Gusts of Popular Feeling almost got by me over the weekend (original story in Korean):

[T]he National Assembly’s Council of Education, Science and Technology
member Lee Gun-hyeon of the GNP announced on September 24 the number of native speaking English teachers who have committed crimes over the past three years. Over three years the total is 274, with 114 in 2007, 99 in 2008, and 61 up to
August of this year.

By type, at 84, most were arrested for violence, 57 for drugs, 17 for ‘intellectual crimes’ (likely forgery), 10 for rape, and 7 for theft. As for violence, cases had risen from 22 in 2007, 38 in 2008, and 24 to August this year.

"1,031 foreigners in prison"

UPDATE: 9:02am 14 Sept 2009: Korea Beat has translated an article from the Chosun Ilbo, throwing a few more stats into the fire. Of the 1,031 prisoners, exactly 25 are Americans; other English-speaking countries are not mentioned. Additionally, the languages spoken are different, and would seem to reflect better on the people being sent to prison:
At the beginning of this month the Ministry, in consideration of the increasing number of foreign prisoners, hired 15 guards with foreign language abilities for Daejeon Prison and Cheonan Teenagers’ Prison.

Five speak Chinese, three speak Vietnamese, two each speak Russian, Spanish, or Mongolian, and one speaks Thai.

- Original article below -

Well this is certainly a head-scratcher:

The bill banning racial discrimination heats up

Not too long ago, I wrote about some proposed legislature that would ban racial discrimination in Korea. While fully in favor and supportive of the bill, I wonder just what it is that's getting the infamous Korean netizens riled up. From the Korea Herald:
Rep. Jun Byung-hun of the main opposition Democratic Party on Sunday posted the draft of his racial discrimination bill on his online blog [which of course isn't linked to!], which has led to heated debate among the online community.

"Foreign nationals make up 2.4% of Seoul population"

Just a quick report from the Korea Herald while I work on compiling some other blogposts. We foreigners make up 2.4% of Seoul - but read on for plenty of details:

The number of foreign residents in Seoul as of the end of last year reached 255,000, according to the city's e-Seoul Statistics, published yesterday. The corresponding figure in 1998 was 51,000.

Among all 152 nationalities, 192,618 (75.5 percent) of the foreign residents were Chinese, followed by the United States with 12,821 (5 percent), Taiwan with 8,818 (3.5 percent) and Japan with 6,840 (2.7 percent).


I don't have the Swine Flu. Leave me alone

I don't have the Swine Flu. Leave me alone

Likely scenario of English only taxis in Korea

Sometime in the near future:I stand on the corner on a lovely spring afternoon, gazing out at a sea of smiling, friendly Korean faces set against the backdrop of the lovely cityscape that is downtown Seoul. A hint of honey wafts up from an open sewer vent as I am approached by a beckoning woman...I wake up. I am late. No time for the subway, gonna have to cab it this morning.On the corner, one

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