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Krazy Korean “Thinking”

Posted: July 24, 2011 in culture
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Asians don’t think like Caucasians. Koreans certainly don’t.

Here’s just one example among dozens showing the difference in the thought processes between Caucasians and Koreans.

Less than 20% of the land in South Korea is level. And much of that land is used for growing crops. Buildings and roads take up much of the rest of the land that is not arable.

That leaves very little land left-over for parking spaces for the ever increasing number of cars Koreans are buying. (Mostly by borrowing – but we’ll address that in another missive.)

Consequently, parking spaces are at a premium. Cars, particular at night around the thousands of apartment buildings that cover the Korean landscape, are hard to park. Double and even triple parking is common. When double parked, cars are left in neutral so that the drivers of the blocked in vehicles can push the parked vehicles out of the way.

Being able to back in when parking to make it easy to pull out when leaving would help alleviate the problem of the lack of parking space available.

You would think it would, if you were Caucasian.

But, for some reason, Koreans think the exhaust fumes of the vehicles, if backed in, will damage the vegetation. Yup. That’s right. The exhaust of the cars and trucks if allowed to back-in to a parking space will harm the plants.

Here’s the proof of that belief:

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The blue Hyundai above got a sticker in front of my apartment for backing in.

The yellow sticker is stuck on the windshield with adhesive. Tough to get off.

Without a straight edge razor blade, that is.

Vehicles have been spotted with several of those stickers on the windshield. Unlike us Caucasians, most Koreans haven’t figured out that a flat edged razor blade removes the sticker quickly and easily.

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Parking is a problem all over Korea

Neither have they figured out that simply starting up your car in front of the vegetation is not going to damage the plant life.

Get a klue Koreans.

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Other sites, blogs and videos with the “Koreans Suck” message:

reason # 36 why korea sucks: buses

“im starting to loose the whole brand new place feel of this place. even though it sucked. it was still new… now the daunting task of spending a year in this place that is all new is sort of…. hitting me smack in the face.”

Your Daily Shot of Soju: 5 reasons why learning Korean sucks

3 – Word changes. There are a million ways to change a word. You can shorten syllables. You can add certain syllables. You can combine it with other words. This makes it incredibly difficult to listen to what people are saying, even when they are using words/roots that you know. Of course, if they know you know the word Malhaeyo, they expect you should know how to say Malhadudae or Malulhada. They get upset when I don’t.”

Teaching English in Korea Sucks

“I came to Korea a pretty calm and relaxed fellow. I will leave with a chip on my shoulder. The only way you can get the Koreans to attempt to do what you want is by beating them over the head with a logic club. Mildly ineffective, but they need some common sense more than they need English teachers.”

I Told You Koreans Were F*cking ***holes…

“Hyundai. Kia. Daewoo. Some of the shittiest cars in the world are made and sold by these bloated, inefficient conglomerates. Copycat designs, blatant shameless copying of other cars’ styling cues, unsophisticated engineering and pretentious, ignorant advertising.”

Dude, I thought I was the only one that was just SICK of korea. Your views pushed me to create my own website to document my time in Korea when I get ready to leave soon. http://www.koreafuckingsucks.com Yea, you heard me. http://www.KoreaFuckingSucks.com

Toilet Use in Korea

Posted: July 17, 2011 in culture
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Warning – Graphic Images – But the Reality

For some reason, Korean students can’t seem to learn two things when it comes to using the toilet:

  • Getting their business in the toilet
  • flushing their business if they do happen to get it where it belongs

Working in several Korean schools, numerous times a week these lovely scenes greeted me.

When I decided to start this blog, I took these photos:

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Common sight in every elementary - high school in Korea

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Common sight in every Korean elementary school

Be glad you only see the images and not smell the contents. I gagged on several occasions rushing to open the windows. Rarely are there fans in school bathrooms and rarer still do they work if there is.

Unlike in the US, where teachers have separate facilities, in Korea, teachers and students almost always share the same restrooms.

Consequently, to avoid gagging throughout the day,  I was also the unofficial “flusher,” as the cleaning lady often would not arrive for several hours.

Obviously, the parents aren’t teaching their children how to use the toilet. Neither are the schools.

I had to ask for soap when I first arrived at one school. There are no soap dispensers like there are in the States. So, I know for a fact these students did not wash their hands when they were through using the toilet. Even the school where I am now does not have soap in the bathroom where I took some of the photos above. I asked for soap when I first arrived, but the bar of soap doesn’t stay on the soap dish for more than a day or two before it disappears.

Scary thought when every student in your class want’s to shake your hand while saying the few English words they know, “glad to meet you” and “where are you from?”

After repeatedly being greeted by what you see here, I once suggested to a Korean teacher that they put a sign in the stall telling the students to flush the toilet. She said “it wouldn’t do any good.”

Aren’t schools supposed to teach?

I thought, “So, even though some Koreans won’t stop at a stop sign, you don’t use stop signs?”

(In a similar vein, another teacher told me one Friday afternoon, during the H1N1 propaganda scare, to leave the office door open when I went home, to “let the pandemic out.”)

These teachers are the “educated” Koreans.

There is this one last tidbit of Korean peculiarities connected to a Korean toilet; the waste basket one finds in every stall in Korea. After Koreans miss the toilet, or fail to flush, they deposit the paper, if used, in the little basket. Something about the paper will somehow damage the sewage system? Can’t see how, but that’s what I’ve been told.

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For six months this water closet has been in this condition

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Seeing is believing

Toilets in restaurants are not much better. Before lunch at this restaurant

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Sicilia Restaurant Gimhae

I went to use the restroom and wash my hands. This is men’s sink area. There was no soap available.

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Just like in many public schools, no soap

Do the employees wash their hands after using the restroom?

Hepatitis A anyone?

Aren’t there at least minimum health laws and  health inspections insuring the basic minimal health and hygiene standards are  met to protect the public?

Sicilia Restaurant Gimhae

Koreans are litterbugs. There is little or no concern as to where they toss their litter. In fact, flyers and other advertisements are routinely strewn on the sidewalks in the main parts of the city most frequented by potential customers. 

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The Garbage of Gimhae South Korea

Posted: July 16, 2011 in culture

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