South Korea desperately needs child psychologists. Well, hell, they need all kinds of psychologists here, but children’s most of all. In Korea, however, your medical history – including mental health – isn’t exactly private, you know, like the most basic levels of privacy you would expect from a modern country. The stigma attached to any mental health treatment is that one is “crazy”, which translates into “unmarriageable and unemployable”. This flies in the face of centuries of research and modern knowledge (nothing new there), but Klown wants to be super different.   Of course. Unless they need to build something or sell something, in which case they are happy to copy.

I honestly think that child psychology could be a multi-billion dollar business in Korea. Trouble is that you’d need to package it as either some sort of competitive advantage or something that boosts status because simply wanting to promote happiness and well-being sure as fuck isn’t enough. My feeling is that the key to making this badly, badly needed service industry marketable would be to brand it as “educational”. Don’t say you’re looking for autism spectrum disorders. Don’t call the child “developmentally delayed” or “behaviorally challenged”. No, say you are going to develop “Special Education Plans” that will help unlock a Korean child’s potential. Use all the wealth of knowledge and materials – from countries that aren’t socially stuck in the 1700s – that have been developed to help integrate learning disabled, developmentally delayed, behaviorally challenged or mentally deficient kids into mainstream society… just rebrand it as education and competitive edge.   Please.  It’s about the only thing that might save this place.

It’s sad that such a thing should even be necessary, but after 8 years here working with kids and their parents, unsurprising. Klown Kulture is dehumanizing. There is a lot of scream-talking about how valuable children and family are, but in the end it’s all complete bullshit. There is no genuine interest in the happiness or social success of kids. I’ve never heard of an American-born American kid killing him or herself over getting a less than perfect SAT score. I mean, I’m sure it happens, but I can’t recall reading about it or hearing about it. Ever. And I think something like that would make the news. Here it is so commonplace that it isn’t even shocking or news-worthy anymore. Little Su-min jumped off the roof of her filthy, cigarette-butt-and-phlegm-speckled Soviet-style apartment building because she couldn’t meet mommy’s expectation to be in the top 0.01% of students – crocodile tears a la Sewol crew will follow and never will it be thought that such a destruction of psyche takes years upon years to accomplish, that the animal instinct for self-preservation is so difficult to overcome that little Su-min must have been enduring psychological torture for YEARS before finally ending it all on the rancid, unwashed, feces-scented streets of Seoul.

I don’t know why anyone would expect anything else. Children here aren’t children, they are reduced to numbers and dehumanized in a way that goes far, far beyond the global dehumanization and enumeration as part and parcel of the digital age; they are dehumanized in a way that is wholly unnecessary and cruel. Students are regarded as devoid of talent, personality, aspirations or creativity and basically anything that might make them future leaders and architects of the next generation of global economy. They are only test scores and certificates.  Only cursory lip service at the elementary school level is paid to anything else, but once that kid hits 12…

South Korea is one of the leading nations in the world for the PISA score. Klowns like to trumpet this. The problem, of course (for one who thinks with any degree of logic), is twofold – inefficiency and sacrifice (I’ll get to it…).

Take, for example, Finland, which is also a perennial top contender for PISA success. Finnish students don’t start school until Klown age 9 (real, rest of the world age 7), are subjected to zero standardized assessments until at least Klown age 15, take their single standardized test at Klown age 18, cost 30% less to educate than American kids, have the smallest standard deviation rate of educational performance in the world (and have kids of all different ability levels integrated in the same classes), do not get taught to test for PISA or anything else, attend no hagwons, study only 18-19 hours of class time per week and do not burden parents with private education costs. Yet they give Klown a run for the money every year.

Klown students, on the other hand, often start classroom study as soon as they are able to walk and talk (and sometimes earlier than that), are subjected to an insane number of standardized tests (and basically nothing else), are wildly expensive to edumakate, have some substantial rates of standard deviation across different socio-economic groups, are taught to test for PISA preparation, attend hagwons and tutoring that often run 7 days a week, study in classrooms upwards of 12 hours per day and 70+ hours a week (that’s nearly 4 times as much for those keeping score) and then piss everything away with a post-secondary legacy that makes a degree as valuable as a Kleenex.

Klown innovates practically nothing. Again, this should be by no means shocking for several reasons. First, obviously, the entire Klown economy is based on patent infringement, intellectual property theft and payoffs. Second, from the second they hit a classroom, kids are taught one system and one system only: rote memory. Never you fucking mind that this is possibly the least efficient, least intelligent, most marginalizing way to edumakate kids! Respect our “culture”! You know what a fun game is? Trying to find famous, innovative Koreans (either contemporary or historical) who were raised in Klown and who didn’t blatantly rip off from others. Go on. Give it a try. Creative thought processes, right-brain thinking, cross-hemisphere cerebral integration, divergent thinking… these are 100% absent from the Klown edumakation system. In about 10 years, when China gets its shit together enough to take over the manufacturing industry from the Klowns (as they took it over from the Japanese), what the motherfuck is Klown going to do then, hmm?

Klown owes its existence to foreign aid and patent infringement, but yet considers itself a “global leader”. I guess that is in the same vein as a bank robber considering himself a successful entrepreneur. Strange then that the average Klown knows almost nothing about the world outside the tiny, expendable little gallbladder kuntry they live in. Forget things like political ideologies or modern histories, I’m talking not knowing where countries are on a map of the world. The worst thing about this is that Statesman’s Yearbook style information is one of those things that actually can be rote memorized. It is one of those things that can be both memorized and useful. Leave it to the Klowns to implement a 70+ hour a week system of memorization and leave out anything actually useful or relevant. Fucking brilliant.

South Korean kids transition from grueling hours of memory work, pattern practice and worksheet repetition in middle and high school to a joke of a college system. The dream of any Klown kid (well, actually, Klown kids aren’t allowed to have dreams, so the dream of his or her parent) is to attend a SKY university (an acronym made up of the names of the most famous-uh universities in Klown). It doesn’t really matter though. 98%, ninety fucking eight percent, of Koreans graduate from some form of post-secondary institution (though Klowns have the highest failure rate of any nationality of students in ivy league schools at 44%). That means a 98% pass rate. Holy fuck.

What is the value of a good standardized test, you know, the ones the Klowns love so much? That’s right, that not everyone can pass it. The fact that the test is challenging makes it a valuable assessment tool.  The same is true of an educational institution.  The Klowns, in their perpetual lack of self-awareness, abandon the core principle that they use to push kids through the public edumakation system immediately after they finish. Forget what that actually teaches these young high school graduates for a moment – forget the lessons on life and motivation and prospect of failure – it renders everything they sacrificed (told you I’d get to it) useless. What they get is a degree after 16-20 years of schooling (and that’s just for the bachelor’s) that is worthless to the world outside the borders of Klown, and seen as a minimum requirement for work within Klown. Might as well just call it grades 13-16 of high school. Of course no advanced nation takes a Klown degree seriously.  Why would they?  Students graduate with no global knowledge or social skills, and everyone passes.  The Klown degree is a prison, ensuring that the holder of said degree will only ever be able to work in Klown, shitting and swallowing along the Human Centipede chain.

Klowns are socially retarded. If you find that offensive, fuck you. That’s the best descriptive phrase that I’ve heard to describe Klown. This is clearly a result of how Klowns are edumakated, starting from early childhood. I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, large amounts of time and energy were dedicated to teaching me things like:

–       polite social behaviors (i.e. don’t negatively impact others with your actions if avoidable)

–       health and exercise

–       not being a sore loser and being gracious in defeat

–       creative development

–       divergent thinking

–       consequences for upsetting others

–       proper public space behavior

–       setting of personal and logical boundaries

–       cooperative learning

–       innovative project completion

–       risk-taking

–       personal hygiene and sanitation

etc et-fucking-cetera… but Klown kids, no no… they sacrifice all those kinds of things.  What you get are kids who grow into adults without even a small semblance of civilized behavior.  And outside of Klown, particularly in the developed world, nobody wants to tolerate the socially inept bullshit behavior of Klowns.

It is to be expected, of course, in a society where there are no social boundaries or expectations beyond “shit on anyone you want so long as his or her date of manufacture is not earlier than your own”. It is to be expected when a generation of socially retarded assholes is in unquestioned, unchallenged, total control of a new generation. Blind leading the blind. What you get are kids who cannot possibly fucking function in public in a global context. Kids who don’t know how to swim despite their country being a virtual island that regularly floods. Kids with the nationalistic, just plain old untrue-taught-as-truth “knowledge” (propaganda) that ensures that they sound like drooling fucking morons once they leave the kuntry.  Kids who hate each waking hour and report the highlight of their week to be a half-hour they were allowed to play in the soot-sprinkled playground in the parking lot of their apartment complex. Kids who far too often end up killing themselves because that part of them that is human and independent and free knows deep down that Klown Kulture is an unnatural abomination of the human spirit and psyche and that they cannot escape from it.

Klown takes children, crushes their spirit, independence, creativity and talents, then gives them a meaningless, ass-wipe degree as a reward for surrendering a meaningful childhood and everything that makes our species special. But hey, at least they get some sweet PISA scores, right?  Klown can trumpet those. It can flash around its designer handbag of prestige then go back to home at the pig sty, deeply indebted and without any realistic Plan B other than to root around it the sty muck and hope to get to the trough ahead of the other porkers.


There is so much more to say about Klown edumakation that this might need a part 2… in the meantime, try not to get run over or contract TB reader.



43 thoughts on “Edumakation

  1. The school system here is outrageous. I remember when I first got here and started at my hagwon. Despite my boss knowing A LOT about foreigners, I don’t think she really understood how differently Americans are eduated compared to Koreans.

    She would always tell me to “help the kids study for their test”. Um, what the fuck does that mean? Where I’m from, kids study by themselves, and don’t require help. Here in Korea, kids are sent to their hagwons, not to get a head, but alot of the time to do what they are supposed to be doing alone. My boss also used to say “all kids lose their homework, don’t study etc” like that was normal as well. I told her kids in the US will fail and not advance if they don’t keep up with the papers, and stop doing homework. It took me about 8 months before I realized they literally memorized every word for their English test. I’ve heard of rote memorization, but I’ve never seen it in action. I remember the day I realized it. I was like:

    Me: “So you have to memorize all of this?”

    Highschoolers: ” Yes”

    Me: “Not just get the gist of it, but memorize it word for word?”

    Highschoolers: “Yes”

    Me: “Why?”

    Highschoolers: “I don’t know”

    Me: “That’s stupid don’t you think?”

    Highschoolers: “…”

    I started to laugh. I realized later I offended them, but who wouldn’t laugh at this bullshit? Now, during exam period, I have to keep re-checking and re-checking kids to make sure THEY have memorized all of THEIR shit to pass THEIR exam. Like, why can’t you just let them fail and suffer the consequences? Koreans don’t understand teaching kids the power of personal responsibility. This is why hagwons exist. Not to help kids to advance, but to monitor that they are doing what they are supposed to be doing because “kids are kids and won’t do anything if you don’t watch them”. Here I am wondering how I managed to take care of my business all those years in the US.

    Another big problem of this is that parents here don’t parent. They do their obligatory marriage, pop out a child and them pawn them off on someone else. Kids don’t start “school” early here. They start “day care” early here. And it’s sponsored by the government. Every family is given about 230k per month for “school” for small kids. This means you have kids that are 15 months in “school” everyday. Worst part is that their mothers dont even work. These bitches literally get up, get their small child ready, put them on a bus and these kids are gone for 5-8 hours a day, while their moms sit around at home and don’t do SHIT! Many of them can’t drive so they can’t even do their daily errands without their husbands help.

    I’ve come to realize that many Koreans don’t actually like their kids. Like everything else its all a show. They call it “school” because it makes them feel better about sending them there for X number of hours a day. Kids go to hagwons to study. Not to just be taught. If they fail a test, don’t know something, lose their notebooks, papers, etc its the teachers fault. Parents want no part in it. None. When I was a child all a teacher had to do was send a note home or call home if they were having a problem with a kid and PARENTS took care of it. Not in Korea. Apparently punishing your punk ass child is too much of a bother for Korean parents.

    Korea is so kid centric that a parent worries more about being liked by their kids than being respected by them. About a month ago, I was at a pet store and the owners (of course) had their child their with them in the middle of the day. Professionals. At some point the kid gets mad for a kid reason and starts crying. This grown ass man tries to placate this child. Customers came in and he was tryign to help them, she starts screaming louder. He tries to shit her down and give her something to do, and she smacks all the shit out of his hand, and knocks everything on to the floor. I just sat their staring at him. He looked at me and slowly picked it all up. Didn’t raise his voice, didn’t punish her, nothing. I’ve seen shit like this play out over and over again. Had some middle school boys purposely fail their last exam of the year so they could quit our hagwon and have a summer vacation. I overheard them talking about it. They both failed, passing their practice exam the day before, and wouldn’t you know it, the kids mom comes in wanting to know why HER child failed HIS exam.

    I can’t anymore with Korea. Its a garbage society. Their heads would likely explode if they realized how the rest of the world did things.

  2. During my first year in Korea I used to kill idle time with math puzzles and reward students that could solve them. To my amazement, many students could tell me the answers and provide explanations in broken English. At first, I was impressed, thinking to myself “wow Koreans are pretty smart.” But then one day I decided to test for actual understanding by changing the puzzles just a little bit. Not a single kid could solve the puzzle and even if I explained to them that it’s the same puzzle as before they still couldn’t get it. That’s when I started to realize these kids aren’t taught to understand, they are taught to memorize, regurgitate, and circle the appropriate answers. I see hundreds of different kids a week and almost always it is the same shit. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule but those exceptions are usually kids that have lived overseas for a number of years.

    • Same happened to me. Our students are given short reading books about various topic to help increase their vocabularies and reading abilities. At the end of the book we talk about what the story was about and everyone understands it. Then I give them comprehension questions. The other day we read a book about Egypt and pyramids. Some of the questions were:
      Why were the pyramids built? Who was kept inside of them?
      Why did the Egyptians live near the Nile river?
      Very easy, common sense questions. I refused to give them their books because they will just copy answers word for word. Despite understanding the story to completion and having read it just 5 minutes prior, out of the 8 questions, most of them couldn’t write the answers to 4 of them. The only student who got most of the answers was a 12 year old 5th grader. The other kids were in middle 1-3. The questions were “too hard” for them. The very next day, they got damn near similar questions with multiple choice answers and they could answer most of them correctly.
      The same holds true for all other things English. They will learn grammar. We will work it together. Practice together. They will be able to contribute solving sentences when I’m helping them. For example, changing from active to passive voice. Then I give them practice to do alone. No one can answer one correctly. Despite having 20 examples and full explanations. They can’t apply the same method we JUST used to solving it alone.
      I can’t understand it.

      • In my experience with middle and high school kids over here, it’s not so much that they CAN’T apply what they learned as a group to their individual work, it’s they WON’T. Any work that involves actual reading or writing will be met with active and passive resistance. I’ve even had coteachers say, “Hmm, maybe this is too difficult for them?” To which I said, “They are in second grade of high school. This is all stuff we’ve gone over in the past. Not only that, but how is it difficult if, after hearing the instructions in English and Korean and having 10 minutes of work time, no one asked any questions of either of us?” They didn’t even ask questions of each other in either language. The kids just sat there, staring at the paper as if they’d never seen anything like it. And yet the coteachers say, “But they need help.”

        Dear dog. The ideas of self reliance and effort just don’t register over here. The kids do nothing, complain about having to do something, and somehow I’m the bad guy for trying to do his job. I “don’t understand” their unique problems. Right. Actually, I do. Years ago when I was struggling with algebra in school, my dad said, “If you’re having trouble, don’t struggle alone or give up. Ask questions. The teacher’s there to help you.” And so I did, a little hesitantly at first, but I did. “Excuse me, but could you explain this problem once more? Am I on the right track here?” Maybe I drive my math teachers nuts with questions, but by asking, I was able to learn something. They felt needed. We both benefited. Or how about studying a language? Same story. I slacked off in German, but at least I knew to ask if something made zero sense. But here? The “sit and get” lecture model prevails, only with an extra proviso for “Native speaker” classes: If you don’t want to do anything, just complain that you can’t understand English or that the work’s too difficult. If that doesn’t work, sleep through the class and say you’re tired or sick. That’s the pattern here. Avoid anything resembling actual work or accountability.

        And to the teachers who mentioned “helping them study for their test”: Dammit, I learned about note-taking and study skills in elementary school. Read the material. Ask about it. Make flashcards. Have a friend quiz you. Paraphrase. Try to explain it to a friend.

  3. Teachuh Ga-ame, ga-ame. And who could blame them? I taught a lot of elementary kids and older in SK. I felt for them. The nice ones and the jerks too, for the super kid expectations in the hyper competitive society where parents can be too busy or don’t really wanna deal with the youngsters, or need some point of comparison to say my boy or girl is doing OK. Those kids were mostly OK I think though some burnout happened along the way and by high school the majority were outdone. It was sad for them to know I never went to a hagwon. They must have thought we had it easy. Mostly they were right.
    I miss some of those little punks. Korean kids can be jerks but there were often a few who were a joy. Just nice little people before they get crushed by a brutal society. Not that all do.

    • One day one of my smarter (better at memorizing) students raised her hand and asked a question in Korean. The Korean co-teacher turned to me and asked “She asked how much time do American students spend in hagwon?”
      I chuckled and said “American students don’t go to hagwons.”
      Everyone was shocked.
      The co-teacher asked, “Why not?”
      I said, “Because we actually do what we’re supposed to at regular school.”
      Looking very confused, she followed up, “Then what do you after school???”
      I said, “We go out and have fun. We play with our friends. We invest in hobbies, and devote our time to things we’re actually interested in.”
      Jaws were on the floor.
      These poor Korean kids, they’re fucked from the start.

      • Everything is memorized! Koreans are schooled to the extreme, but extremely ignorant in almost every possible way. Look how much time and energy are spent on English as just an example, yet the vast majority of people who go through that torture can barely produce a sentence other than memorized, formulaic chunks such as “I’m fine, thank you, and you?”.
        Koreans are basically one step up from animals in that their entire lives are spent fulfilling needs, education included. Hobbies? What hobbies? Koreans work or study 15 hours a day, black out drink if their adults and then sleep. Most of my Korean students, both children and adults would tell me their hobby is sleeping!!
        This fascist culture, where everyone is expected to live for everyone else has produced a bunch of animal like zombies who are mostly Klowns-lacking any social conscience, community-mindedness, proper manners or common sense. Everything is indeed out of obligation-even the things that should be most enjoyable in life-love and children!

      • HAHA I’ve heard the sleep as a favorite hobby from Koreans, both children and adults.
        “What will you do this weekend?”

  4. I’d be curious to see a side-by-side analysis done comparing IQ scores of homegrown Korean teens and kyopo teens who were raised and educated in Western countries.

  5. The Korean education system is organized around one goal only: Providing docile workers for the chaebol industrial complex.

    Once you keep this in mind, most of the things you learned as a youth in the West become irrelevant here. Who needs “polite social behaviors” when the only social skill you need is to do what your superiors tell you to do? Who needs “divergent thinking” when that would clearly upset established hierarchies? Who needs “innovative project completion” when “fast-following” is a far more efficient and cost-effective economic model?

    Having lived and taught in China for many years, I can assure you that China’s education system far more effectively combines the best of both the Western and East Asian Confucian education models. For this reason, I would argue that absent fundamental social transformation, the South Korean economy has already peaked, and that future teaching careers should be planned accordingly.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn y’all.

    • China– wo. Maybe what you say about the ed system there is true but the fact is that a website such as this cldnt even exist there. So at least there is that for SK.
      Anyway, what is most likely about to happen is already a foregone conclusion, given the way Europeans treated the indigenous people of the Americas upon “discovery” of those continents.

  6. I knew it was bad here when I realized that when 3rd graders start their PS English education, they get thrown right in rather than teaching them the building blocks of the language first. Sure, they get taught the alphabet, but it sure doesn’t seem like it matters whether the students actually remember it or not. It’s like they have this set timeline that they cannot deviate from, and if kids are too slow to learn, fuck ’em. So, maybe they’re taught the alphabet for a week or whatever (I don’t teach 3rd grade so I don’t know), and then BAM… full sentences. The fuck? They don’t even get taught basic vocabulary and basic grammar (noun, verb, object)? Nope, they just get sentences and are ‘taught’ how to plug in whatever they’re trying to say. Without being taught -why- it works.

    This is completely opposite from what I remember of my language education. I’m from the US, where other languages apparently aren’t important, so I didn’t actually study a language in school until my sophomore year of high school. And it was French, which undeniably is easier for an English language user to learn than it is for a Korean language user to learn English. But still. In my French class, I remember starting with the alphabet and then basic things like numbers (not in sentences) and basic nouns and verbs (not in sentences). There was the occasional sentence thrown in, like “My name is…” and “I’m … years old.” But we were also taught how the sentence structure of those sentences worked. Each lesson in the 2 years I studied the language began with vocabulary. Here, I don’t see any kind of vocabulary in their textbooks until the 4th or 5th period of the lesson, if that! They start with some stupid stories where all the kids see in their textbooks are pictures and no words. No wonder they can’t actually use the language. And I’ve seen kids go absolutely blank if I try to have a dialogue with them that doesn’t exactly match what they’ve seen in their books or handout sheets. Because dialogue will always follow the same formula and never deviate, of course -_- They can overall test ‘well’ (whatever that means here, with the rampant cheating and fluffing of grades), but they sure can’t use the language worth a damn.

  7. I’m so glad I left Korea at age 5 to be educated in the US, and I’ve been living here ever since. Thank God. It’s shocking to read about how deeply flawed and dehumanizing the education system is over there. Too many expats teaching English in Korea have such similar observations. And not just on this website. So it has to be true. The critical observations are painful to read but without the truth, how could there be any progress?
    Before any hope of progress, there has to be a real understanding of the problem. So let’s try to simplify this kluster fuck…If the children are miseducated and miserable…they grow up to become ignorant and miserable adults…that creates a society of ignorant & miserable people. Geez, that explains a whole lot, don’t ya think? I actually feel sorry for the many klowns who don’t know any better because this is the only reality they’ve experienced.
    The best way to describe the situation is that the society as a whole seems to be hitting rock bottom. They’re so drunk on prosperity and wealth, but in denial about the human suffering and lack of social progress. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is retardation. It’s time to sober up and clean up the fucking mess. If not, it’s just gonna be a downward spiral. Just calling a spade a spade.

    • “If the children are miseducated and miserable…they grow up to become ignorant and miserable adults”, who are easier to control by the corporate entities that run the nation. Why would those who are pulling the strings want to change that? The system is set up for the majority to pass; to float through with easy grades, despite not learning anything substantial. In other words, the system is set up for the majority to fail.
      When national media outlets controlled by Samsung bash Apple products, and glorify the similar products that Samsung ripped off from them, wouldn’t they want a herd of sheep who’ll be none the wiser?
      The same goes for all of Korea’s other countless ass-backwards policies.
      The saddest truth of them all is that we live in the ‘Information Age’, in which all the knowledge ever known to man is accessible within minutes via the Internet. But the thing is, most of the stuff on the internet is in English. Why would the Big Korporations (4 of which control over 25% of the nations assets) want the layman Korean to have access to/understanding of all this, when they can keep their informational world restricted to the Korea-centric Naver search portal?

      • After returning to the US, I taught private lessons to Koreans in LA for two years. I could not get a single one of them to use Google to search-they all continued to insist on using Naver!

  8. They are not taught to think critically or analytically, the system becomes practically hell from middle school, hence why so many jumpers!!

  9. I think Koreans are taught to be overly competitive, aggressively so, and to their own detriment. Competition is healthy and necessary, but when it’s extreme, it becomes destructive. There’s a point of diminishing returns in regards to anything & everything. Too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. Please believe it.
    In dealing with 1st and 2nd generation Koreans here in Los Angeles, I’ve noticed a common denominator…a pathological need to be the best, to be on top, or at least, to be better than you. It can get pretty cut throat. Just like dog eat dog. This is human nature and it’s nothing new, I understand. But it’s kind of extreme with Koreans and I’ve often wondered why, jesus christ, why?
    I’m guessing the extreme amount of pressure to excel academically throughout their childhoods is partly to blame? And because they’ve been forced to spend so much time at school or hagwons rather than being allow to just be kids, along with the endless amounts of mind numbing rote memorization demanded of them…
    What a soul crushing system. Korea needs to learn from other countries and adopt more efficient approaches to education if they don’t want to self-destruct. I hold onto a glimmer of hope. I have to. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, these are my people. But once again, thank God I’m here and not there!

    • I noticed the same thing here with the Koreans coming to the US to study in university on their daddy’s bank account. Holy shit – they have a superiority complex like you wouldn’t believe. Behind their facade of politeness and humility is a burning desire to not just rip the competition to shreds, but to kick that competition when it’s on the ground. I’ve got to think this comes from that parental pressure and edumakation culture.
      Really enjoying this blog. I only wish you updated more frequently.
      Please do a story on the scary, mass conformity that occurs when some new wonder pill comes out. I don’t know if you’ve observed this, but once some miracle drug or pill or vitamin or powder or liquified toxin is purported to be beneficial to your health, or claims to help you lose weight, or declares you will live to be 100 years old, etc., the whole fucking population jumps on the bandwagon. It’s not just a regional thing, it’s mass conformity on a national scale. Because no one individual could never let another get a leg up (there’s that competition again).
      Kind of related to that mass conformity – why is it that every Korean I know believes that insects just spontaneously “appear” from nowhere? Like the fruit flies on a banana, or maggots in a piece of fish. I explain that the eggs had to have been in the food from the very beginning, but they hold on to the superstition that the bugs magically appear from nowhere. Even the edumakated ones.

  10. Here’s a request: could you please do a post on how it’s ALWAYS SOMETHING here, meaning every time I go out of my home at least one very unpleasant random encounter awaits. Unfailingly. I have not experienced this anywhere else, and I have been around a bit. A korenn person I used to work with would self-satisfyingly tell me I was “too sensitive” when I shared anecdotes about things like this (now I know there is a technical term for them– micro aggressions). It was a hilarious little mind f*** because in truth are they not the most *touchy*, uptight, unaccountably smug and easily offended people on the planet? Is this touchiness and unpleasantness a device developed over the years to drive out the “foreign invaders”? Wow, how clever. A pat on the back is in order. Perfecting the art of covert psychological abuse is something to be proud of. NOT. Of course, it is demonic. Now where is that commenter who talks about the history of shamanism here and stuff? I need to review her theories, they are very compelling….

      • I think I stopped reading that one when I saw the picture of the pigs and the dump truck. Upsetting to me. But I have reviewed it now. And I applaud you as always, but I’m actually talking about something a bit different– more directly personal and deliberate acts of ugliness. I don’t feel like getting into describing them specifically at the moment. I’m afraid it will indeed sound that it’s coming from someone who is too thin skinned. It’s when you review them all in total, and consider the cumulative effect and the consistency of certain behaviors that the pattern of impossible interpersonal hostility becomes clear. Soon though I will write a tell-all memoir of my years in korenn and people can judge for themselves. And I want to invite you to my book release party, and all the brilliant commenters from here too, will you come?

    • Dolly,
      Very well said. Yes, a culture of chronic, pervasive, unrelenting micro-aggression points to demonic influence. It ain’t natural, I tell ya!. Supernatural? Korea’s deep-spirituality (lurking underneath Korean Kristianity) is suspect in my opinion. Koreans, more than we foreigners realize, negotiate with invisible entities through shamans (including Kristian witchcraft) to leverage advantage against each other for scarce resources. Placing shamanic curses on each other is a nasty past time of Koreans. There is always a price to pay for making unsavory deals with the demonic realm. It taints the individual soul, collectively adding up to a tainted society. The world’s greatest suicide rates? Korea. The corruption? Korea is equal to Botswana and Puerto Rico (both shamanistic societies). The un-natural amount of ubiquitous micro-aggressions? You experience it everyday, just like I do. For example your Korean friend’s obvious micro-fuck subliminally aggressed against you by suggesting you are “too sensitive”. That is classic Korean “gas-lighting” designed to make Waygook doubt her own reasoning, interpretation, and judgment. Gas lighting is a psychological terrorism technique designed to demoralize its target. The ultimate demonic intent of gas lighting and chronic ambience abuse is to leave Waygook susceptible to stress, disease, depression and finally “succumb to spiritual defeat” and hopefully join the masses of Koreans jumping off tall buildings. It’s an insidious attempt to murder soul and body. Definitely, demonic in nature. Now the question arises: Can a society become perfectly possessed? Is Korea?

      • Jenny I wish we could meet. We are clearly kindred spirits. I discovered the term and the concept of “gaslighting” only after living and working in koren. I was searching for a way to describe/explain/process what it was like living and working there. A frighteningly accurate way to describe it. In my opinion Confucian-based societies have achieved unique heights when it comes to the study of how to slowly & sickeningly break the human spirit. It is a legacy modern day korens carry on with pride. I didn’t know there was a tradition if casting spells against people here though. Lol. Makes perfect sense. Take care Jenny.

      • Dolly,
        Yes, it does appear we think alike. What’s even scarier is Korea’s influence on global society. There is a history regarding Korea’s influence on transnational corporate management systems and educational institutions. It all begins with David Yonggi Cho of Yoido Church of Korea (the world’s largest mega-church) who ( ) collaborated with Oral Roberts in the sixties to create the cell-group and Church Growth Movement (CGM). Oral Roberts, a mere circus tent preacher, was impressed with David Yonggi Cho’s astute gathering together traditional Korean coercive, covert persuasion techniques and fashioning the Korean manipulation (subliminal, micro-aggressive mind-fucking) into a strategic organizational package promising “to save souls while making big bucks.” Think tankers were impressed with Oral Roberts and Reverend Moon’s (Moonies) ability to employ these packaged formulas conforming individuals into mindless, deployable agents of elite control; the think tank, Rand Corporation, therefore, studied psychological principles of Korean mind-fucking renamed as Korean Communitarianism. The result was a sociological discipline call Social Influence which is also called “Total Quality Management” in corporate, government, and educational contexts.
        We are all being insidiously demonized by Korean shamanism via Western corporations and educational institutions. God have mercy on us all!

  11. The Korean education system is yet another good example of the mental imprisonment of Korean society. Keep the foreigners out, keep the Koreans in, and keep your fellow Koreans down. Keep the Koreans in, that is: unless it is about studying or earning money abroad. On Korean terms, of course, especially the latter. Which again underpins the completely Korean centered approach to the world. After all, for many a Korean, if not all, there is no such thing as the outside world: there actually is only Korea, then a whole lot of nothing, then a tiny bit of other beings, which desperately need to be converted into true Koreans. It is such a sad, sad society …

  12. Dear Mr. Blogger, if i may ask you a personal question…how do you feel about being part of the very system which you condemn and ridicule? Do you hate yourself as much as the objects of your hatred (klowns)? Like a boomerang effect? Could we call it karma? Seriously. And why do you continue living in a kountry where you find no redeeming value in the people or the culture? You seem to find the food, music, technology and just about everything over there to be idiotic and insufferable. You’re obviously MISERABLE. So why do you stay?? You seem to be a reasonably intelligent and sane individual. If living in Korea was really comparable to hell on earth, I doubt you would still be “stuck” there. You’re not an indentured servant. You have a passport, freewill and enough money saved up by now to move back to the “civilized” world. Here’s my assessment of your modus operandus as well as your achilles heel. You’re sacrificing your own standards, morals and well being because you’re hooked on the money & it’s easy money. Isnt that the very definition of a whore? And isnt that the very same thing you hate about the klowns? And then you must lack the self confidence to move to New York or Los Angeles or anywhere in the first world nations to start over, making something out of nothing. It requires faith in yourself, faith in humanity and faith in God (creative life force, divine intelligence or whatever you choose to call it). I believe this is your true dilemma. Sure, Korea has all kinds of problems and growing pains to work out, but they don’t have to be your problems. Lucky bastard, you could leave at any time. You’ve graduated from klownisms. Kongrats! If i were you, I would move on to bigger & better things. Life is too short to be miserable.

  13. Btw, none of what I said earlier (above) takes away from the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog posts. I’ve read them all and i think your brilliant and hilarious. You could probably write the next Animal Farm or Brave New World. Having graduated from Klown Academy, you too can achieve greatness. After all, how can one know what greatness is without knowing what greatness is not? Korea gave you a valuable point of reference. Be well and prosper Mr. Blogger. Cosmic kisses from a parallel universe!

    • What a kind piece of encouragement here to a blogger who is clearly talented, yes, and also struggling to process lots of new and foreign things. Surely it was apprec– oh wait I just saw your previous comment…. Oh my. So actually it is a mixed message you have given our dear beloved blogger. Hmmmmm…. “Parallel Universe”, ay? I guess when one is looking down from such a place, a place of untouchability you could say! then it totally makes sense to deliver such a cocktail of comments. Reflecting hostile condescension one minute and apparent humble flattery the next….

      • Yes Joan but done oh so cleverly, right? Western education really pays off doesn’t it Parallel Universe

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