Sunday, August 06, 2006

Spectating Korea

Korea is a country that's hard for me to decipher. To describe most of the Korean people, I'd describe them as "hard-headed, close-minded, stubborn, lost in their own world of nothing, lacking the willingness to change for the better, and lack a consciousness from which they need to govern their country in the interests of their people." There are, of course, some people that I met in Korea that had influenced me to have some hope for the country in the future. Those people are the people that work diligently. Far from all the political fiasco, they dedicate themselves to ideals and philosophies and personal values. Korea is a country plagued by the sins of globalization, mockery of real politics, and the love of money. A solution in such a situation is hard to find, but the most simplest of all that everyone could try is to try and change their own lives in the face of such troubles; Do not be greedy, have your own positions in the political arena instead of siding with Americans, have dignity enough to oppose trades, and have a straight-forward view of what Korea should be.

You can probably guess that I was dissatisfied with how Korea was. I will list what I didn't like about Korea:

1. Although the confucian culture of Korea used to be big, most of the Koreans have thrown the philosophy away and changed more towards being "American". Now, instead of spending time with family that might die away, such as grandparents and other such relatives, most 20-year-olds spend their time messing around, drinking, and going to night clubs. I tried my best to do what is right in staying home and spending a lot of time with grandparents and relatives, but it's hard to take away the peer pressure, hear all the lecturing from people older than you that you've already heard before, ignore all the insulting that you get from trying to relax during your summer vacation, and, finally, ignore the fact that the old do not mix with the new. All in all, the x and y generations are fucked up, but older generations have seen so much more fucked up shit and lived in more of a fucked up world that you would hate to even converse with them about politics, problems with Korea, etc.

2. Koreans and Americans are almost one in the same. If you think about it, it's only been some 50 years since Korea has been a "fake" sovereign state. I've lived in Korea for 10 years and the best I can remember about Korea is that America was foreign as hell and most other Koreans younger than 4th grade of elementary school thought that Korea was the only country on earth. Korea now is so much more like America than ever before. English is taught from ELEMENTARY SCHOOL until college, everything is labeled in english, 30% of the famous Korean streets are marketed by American franchises such as Outback Steakhouses, Starbucks and McDonalds, and all announcements made in Korea are usually repeated in English. Throughout all this, I didn't mention the fact that the metrosexual style is the only thing that people go for nowadays, except for a few people who still stay with the hip-hop style that dominated Korea 2-4 years ago. For girls, their skirts have gotten shorter, pants have gotten tighter, and more and more of them wear dresses. Blue jeans? What are those? In a few years, the only reason you'd want to go back to Korea is to visit your friends or to fulfill your goals in life, such as getting laid, making a lot of money, establish a franchise, or to just fuck around in a foreign country even though most of those things are going to be expensive as fuck in a few years. I'd also like to mention that I saw at least one foreigner while I was conscious of the crowd I was in compared to none and probably never about 5-6 years ago.

3. Girls in Korea are the most Americanized girls in the world. Americanized can be defined by the context as, "Lost in social networks, don't care about much except flirting and sex when it comes to socializing with people, wear the most revealing clothes and always keep a night-life unless you're just a little bit chubby. If you're chubby, you study like crazy." My Sa Bum Nim in Haedonggumdo in Korea said, "girls, if they look a little bit fat, then they don't wear 2 pieces or 1 pieces on the beach. They just wear shorts or something that cover up everything." I don't know how else to describe these girls than to use the term, "Americanized" so you do the math.

4. Politics have always seemed to piss me off while I was in Korea. First of all, I'd hear problems beign announced by the News cast such as North Korea test launching some 7 missiles, President Bush being a jackass, Sanctions against North Korea established, etc. Then, I'd fail to hear what Korea will do about it. What's Korea going to do about America putting almost a global sanction against North Korea? What's South Korea going to do about the missiles being test launched? Nothing. This is a demonstration of true Korea's weakness. Put all the reasons why I was dissatisfied with Korea together and you get an inequality: Korea < or = America. Why do Koreans not have their own stand in politics and global actions? How come Koreans do not support Koreans that live right to the north of them? Why do Koreans hate other Koreans? All of these can be answered through the dissatisfaction I've listed here.


And here's what I liked about Korea:

1. Korea is advanced as fuck. Laptops are common, most of the new apartments have interated video technology, all the new cellphones usually have the ability to watch TV on the rotating screen, you get my drift.

2. Some of the traditional values still stand. My master in training was a Kwan Jang Nim and he was funny as well as demanding of good values, ambition, strength, and the ability to persevere. All these values were displayed to me when I saw what him and his disciple can do in Mu Do. I can tell you about how old people still keep some traditional values, but that's not as cool as people practicing martial arts having disciples and such.

3. Some Koreans resist foreigners. Of course, I can also be described as a foreigner, but if they treet me like shit, I'd be happy. I don't want Koreans' authentic rebelious attitude against foreigners to go away. Hell fucking no, I want everyone in the world to know that we are proud and stubborn as fuck. Even a century ago, we still had words to describe foreigners in the most demeaning way possible. Let's keep that tradition strong.

4. Dog meat is probably the best tasting meat in the whole world.




Pictures will be uploaded later, but... I hope many of you understand me rather than just be offended about what I wrote. Yes, I know I'm blunt so keep some of the obvious insults out of my way, will ya?

Laters.