A brilliant gem from 1988 by a Chicago Tribune reporter (Chi city!) about the mannerless, boorish, peasant fuck behavior of the Klowns in ’88 for the Olympics.
And guess what?
Nothing, absofuckinglutely nothing has changed. If anything, it has gotten worse.
Link to the article and text as follows:
SEOUL — Most visiting athletes, tourists and journalists agree that the Olympic venues, facilities and general ambiance of Seoul are all just fine as the 24th Summer Olympiad heads into the end of its first week.
But, they quickly add, South Koreans will never win a gold medal for courtesy.
The litany of complaints about pushy pedestrians, boorish Korean photographers and reckless bus drivers who seem to harbor a death wish for anybody and anything not on their bus, has reached encyclopedic stature in the days since the Games opened.
“I thought people in the Orient were supposed to be so polite,“ said Marta Felsing, a relative of a West German equestrian competitor. “I don`t think I have been pushed and shoved more in my life. And nobody even says,
`Pardon me.` “
Journalists, especially those from Europe and the United States, have been particularly incensed by their South Korean colleagues who think nothing about putting their shoulders into anybody who is standing in front of them and simply shoving their way forward.
That was apparent at the very first Olympic event, the air rifle target competition, in which many foreign journalists and competitors left the crowded venue convinced they had been subjected to a human wave attack and had barely escaped with their lives.
“It was actually very dangerous,“ said an American journalist who was on the scene. “One of the American shooters was almost ready to start shooting at the pack of Korean journalists in order to get out. I wish someone would have.“
Charlie Francis, coach of Canadian sprinter and world record holder Ben Johnson, also had some sharp words for the Korean media last week during a news conference.
“They are dangerous and they continually create the potential for injury,“ said Francis, referring to the thousands of Korean photographers and TV camera operators who swarm over every event, news conference and venue with a zeal that makes the notorious Italian paparazzi seem lazy.
“They shouldn`t jump over the top of you to get an exclusive picture of an injury they have caused,“ said Francis, whose words went unreported in the Korean media. But it is not just Korean photographers being roundly lambasted by visiting Olympic officials, reporters and tourists.
“People in general are simply rude here,“ said Felsing. “Men step on you and shove you out of the way like you are some kind of insect. And drivers, no matter what sex they are, behave like every other car on the road should be destroyed. There is absolutely no common courtesy.“
Actually, Felsing`s assessment is only half correct. As in Japan, overt displays of courtesy in Korea are normally reserved for those people with whom one has established a relationship or obligation. The courtesy, respect and concern shown in those cases can be almost overwhelming.
“It is easier than showing lots of artificial and superficial courtesy to people you don`t know, as is the case in the West,“ said Cho Kum Suk, a Seoul business consultant. “When people are pushed and shoved, there is no offense taken because they know that it is not personal. And when we show courtesy, the person to whom it is directed knows that it is real and not superficial.“
That explanation, while understood (if not embraced) by longtime residents of countries like Japan and Korea, is difficult for short-term visitors to accept.
“I don`t care what anybody says, there is still no excuse for rudeness and what appears to be a general indifference to one`s fellow man,“ said William Wheeler of Britain. “The Koreans may know how to deal with that, but people from the West certainly find it a bit off-putting.“
Those who have lived in Korea for several years say there is a hard edge to the Korean character that often creates friction with foreigners.
Part of that may be because Koreans have not had very pleasant dealings with foreigners over the years. From the time Europe was under the yoke of the Roman Empire until Japan occupied the country between 1910 and 1945, Korea has been invaded, occupied and otherwise molested by a foreign power 976 times, according to one Korean historian`s count. If, like thousands of Korean students, you count the current American presence in South Korea as an
“occupation,“ the figure is 977.
With a history like that, a suspicion and even resentment of foreigners has evolved in Korea that may take generations to dissipate, say Korean scholars. Add to that the new wave of arrogance that has evolved in this nation of 42 million since it has become one of the world`s biggest economic success stories, and you have a society formidable for foreigners to love-and be loved in.
“There is definitely an exclusionary attitude in Korea toward foreigners,“ said American business executive Jay Tunney. “It is almost a racist kind of thing. An attitude exists in Korea that foreigners are outsiders who are to be skinned.“
But many foreigners are not taking the “skinning“ process without a fight.
“When somebody punches or pushes me, I just punch and push them back,“
said New Yorker Judy Waid. “I`ve noticed when you do that, they tend to apologize or look at you like you are crazy. In either case, they don`t bother you again.“
Added Australian visitor Richard Prosper: “Anybody who has been here for the Olympics, and has had to fight the Korean crowds, deserves to go home with a gold medal just for surviving.“
Reporters pull a lot more punches these days in the era of politically balllessness, but the knowledge and sentiment is the same.
This is a social cesspool where national “success” is thoroughly undeserved.
What a fucking unteachable pit. Fuck this place.