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South Korea Prefers White-Teachers
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Posted 12/12/13
All these non korean people saying and agreeing to dumb things ^^^^^^^^^^
Posted 12/13/13

Gyava wrote:

All these non korean people saying and agreeing to dumb things ^^^^^^^^^^


You're Korean, right?
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Posted 12/15/13
I prefer the blue M&M's.
Posted 12/15/13

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All these non korean people saying and agreeing to dumb things ^^^^^^^^^^


She's a leader mate
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Posted 12/15/13

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Go to Korea, watch any interview, question people...Majority of people questioned about their plastic surgery will eventually say that they want to look more "Western" and it is true. To them, Western means white-European features, nothing else. They want the light skin (which they usually have) and the usual Caucasian features (or those associated with them).

It's amazing to me the sheer number of those questioned who will almost always say "to look Western". Or in other words, to look white.

Having Asian blood in me, I know this is something that is desired by quite a few, but not something fully admitted to. It is also something that seriously ticks me off.

Wish they could see they look fine the way they are, and these "desires" are only crushing their self worth, which has led South Korea to be a seriously shallow and pretentious society filled with people who aspire to be something they are not.


I am not going to argue that a lot of South Korean society is shallow and pretentious. One only needs to listen to Gangnam Style and understand it to know that. That said, I do disagree that looking Western means White. From my experience, Looking Western means less looking Caucasian, and more looking beautiful, sexy, glamorous, sexy, alluring, sexy, tall,, etc. But the physical beauty is going to be Korean. While I am sure there are Koreans (and Japanese and Chinese) who undergo plastic surgery to look more Caucasian, most undergo plastic surgery to enhance their natural features. Sometimes, that means more enhancing than others, but it is not meant to turn them into a race they were not born to.

It is just like if a girl says "I wanna be just like Kim Kardasshian". Does she mean she wants to be shallow, tabloid fodder married to a self absorbed equally shallow Kane West? Or does she mean she wants to be famous, rich, and married to a movie / singing star? I would argue the answer is the latter, not the former. There may be a few misguided individuals who would actually want to get enough plastic surgery to look exactly like KK, but I think they are in the minority of those who would answer as such.

Now I could be wrong here. I am most definitely not a South Korean girl living in Seoul. That said, I am Asian and I base this off my knowledge of girls who are South Korean and from Seoul from growing up and living in Hawaii.

What I find crushes their sense of self worth is less looking Western so much as the pressure to conform to a physical beauty standard that most people cannot reach without plastic surgery. It is a weird sort of Keeping up with the Jones' really. But with physical beauty as opposed to "stuff". I suspect that this is something that the South Koreans will largely grow out of in a generation or two. Once they realize you can achieve most of the same effects with cosmetics and glue the way the Japanese largely do, as opposed to plastic surgery.
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Japan has the total opposite problem in comparison. You gotta be japanese to be considered or jobs usually.

Yeah, of course thispolicy is stupid, not only because 'tis racist, but also because thebest people to teach you a second language are usually people who speak your language fluently and no how to teach the language to people learning it as a second language since they too learned the language as a second language. That common ground is a big plus.
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Well first off I think racism has not spread to Korea. Racism is and has always been in other countries and for the most part is much worse than in the US. In regards recruiting targeting US citizens I think the viewpoint of preferring white teachers may also stem from the stereotype that Americans are only white and non-whites are foreigners that may not know English as well. At the end of the day we can only do what we can and hope things get better.
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What kind of messed up world are we living in, where we can't freely hate one another based on personality clashes only xD. But i my brother in law told me there may be racism there, but in general no one will have a problem finding a job for teaching english there. But black people will find it more challenging at first.
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Posted 12/26/13
When it comes to racism, the most important thing we all forget is that we're all human beings simply dwelling on the same planet which isn't for one race but an entire species.

If this comment even makes any sense at all.

I pity/hate racist people of all sorts.
Gotta love that human nature, huh?

Posted 12/29/13
If I dislike Asians for anything, and it doesn't have to be Asians but women in general, it's because my ex-girlfriend was one, which is caused by fear and anger that comes from a recollection of painful memories revolving her. An anger that is not only directed at her but myself for not being able to prevent those painful events, and a fear of repeating similar mistakes which might lead to future pain. It's not something I'm proud or ashamed of; I'm simply acknowledging that it is an issue that exists, that it is an issue that had to come into existence somehow, and that it takes hard work to address and solve that issue. Furthermore, it's not an issue that will simply go away by thinking about it; by reflecting on it more, that much is a fact, because I have been reflecting on it for many- many years. The problem lies with segregation. When you fear something, you segregate from it, and never truly get to exchange old memories with new ones. That is why someone like me, with Avoidant Personality Disorder, perpetuate our issues by isolating ourselves from the rest of the world. In worst case scenarios, we become even more anxious, and unwilling to go out.

Korea is a nation that is pretty far up east, and in contrast to other nations across the globe less often comes into contact with westerners, while at the same time have a strict culture when it comes to public image, which most eastern cultures have. And this shallow standard in Korea is no different from any other shallow aspect which can be found all over the world. Whether it's physical appearance, social image, wealth, or personality traits, yes, even going by personality traits is shallow depending on how it is interpreted. For instance, there might be a lower chance that you would date someone- or mate with someone whom are mentally ill, because of many known factors. Or, if you just consider someone an "asshole", you do not only perceive "an asshole" but someone whom interacts with others in a way that if you were affiliated with them and others did not like them, there would be a higher chance that these others (majority) would not like you neither, therefore you feel that you must distance yourself from said "asshole". It's not just about how they treat others, or would treat you, that's pretense, but how your peers might view them. It's just common sense, and the same goes for our choice in physical appearance, social image and wealth. Our object of desire is not just one of these aspects, the object of desire comes from many and all aspects that are tied to survival. One of the most important aspects of survival today being, to not be thrown out of society, or to not be thrown out of certain hierarchies in societies, which would lead to being alone or with less desirable people whom offers less protection and lower fertility rates; a lower chance of survival for yourself and your offspring in society.

What it all breaks down to, is that I don't find this behavior absurd, not nearly underdeveloped. If anything, I think it's rather typical human behavior, only stressed differently from what we're familiar with. And the only solution, or solution that has the highest chance of success, is to establish better connections with Korea; easier access to information, and lower traveling expenses for potential tourist attractions, both ways.
Posted 12/29/13 , edited 12/29/13
Korea isnot shallow, in fact that's one of the few countries that actively promotes itself to foreigners..imo.

Dietotestadt wrote:

Well first off I think racism has not spread to Korea. Racism is and has always been in other countries and for the most part is much worse than in the US. In regards recruiting targeting US citizens I think the viewpoint of preferring white teachers may also stem from the stereotype that Americans are only white and non-whites are foreigners that may not know English as well. At the end of the day we can only do what we can and hope things get better.


Yes Hollywood. It needs more Denzel type dudes

Posted 1/3/14 , edited 1/3/14
Maybe they think that only blonde-blue eyed people speak english perfectly and they want teachers who can teach the language perfectly with the right accent. I don't see it as racism, maybe a little bit ignorant to think that English=Whites only but you can't blame them, the media has done a good job of it since I know people from other non-english countries who see Americans as white people only.

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Posted 1/5/14
I understand wanting someone who speaks the language fluently to teach it, but they should be hiring people who are actually qualified to teach. The misconception that a true English person is blonde haired, blue-eyed, since that isn't even all that common among English people besides Norway and Sweden.
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A lot of people are misinformed and are also only basing their opinions on articles or pieces of information they have seen for the first time with no prior knowledge of South Korea as a country, or their people or their culture.
I understand you are looking down on Racism however this post is both uneducated and almost targeting their nation in a manner that is negative too.
In my opinion, S.Korea is not racist. In fact, they simply don't have the exposure. Kids in schools get so happy and excited say if their new English teacher has blond hair. Why? It's because this is not something they see on a daily basis, it's something new and unique and interesting. They aren't channelling negative energy towards it, they are simply curious. Some questions may come off as "racist" but there are no ill intentions behind their words, they simply don't know any better and we are geared to identify the statements as racist. Why? There is a crap load of racism in American (I live in Australia, it isn't such a big deal here).
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Posted 1/10/14

kylemcc wrote:

I understand wanting someone who speaks the language fluently to teach it, but they should be hiring people who are actually qualified to teach. The misconception that a true English person is blonde haired, blue-eyed, since that isn't even all that common among English people besides Norway and Sweden.




Sure, beef is, we have semi meritocracies where it is BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB.

This best person for the job is ignored in preference for skin colour.

Same old same old, maybe I'm just bitter! As Richard got a university teaching job (Richard is white) I am not except I have 14 years teaching experience and two masters degrees in the subject.
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