Two dummkopfs in Daegu firebomb a hagwon
Why is YouTube slow in Korea?
Two volunteer opportunities worth getting involved in
What do you want to know about the North and South?
The Angel of Death comes to SKorean Chaebols
Teacher beats a student, then masturbates in the hallway.
All is calm on the 38th parallel – but that doesn’t stop a mom from worrying.
Singlehood, Elderly Suicides, and Youth Unemployment on the rise
DAEGU DUMMKOPFS FIREBOMB HAGWON
On Monday, two idiots calling themselves the “anti-American, anti-fascist struggle committee” dropped off a bunch of leaflets and threw what was apparently a molotov cocktail made with a soju bottle at a kids’ hagwon in Daegu. Apparently, they mistook the hagwon for an official American cultural outreach centre, showing once again that radical South Koreans pose a greater threat to foreigners than the radical in Pyeongyang.
The police have released surveillance photos, which you can see here.
WHY IS YOUTUBE SLOW IN KOREA? IT’S BECAUSE THEY WOULDN’T PAY PROTECTION MONEY TO SK-TEL
In South Korea, all objective measures show we’re enjoying one of the fastest Internet connection speeds in the world. The average connection is 14 Mbps. So why do Youtube videos take so long to load? The reason is they’re being forced to host their servers in Japan and China because South Korea has completely disregarded Net Neutrality.
1. YouTube tried to set up their server in South Korea. 2. Internet Service Providers pressured YouTube to pay fee since YouTube sucks up so much traffic. 3. YouTube responded with “why do I have to pay since users subscribe and pay Internet fees to watch our content?” and decided not to install their own server in South Korea. 4. As a result, YouTube in South Korea comes from servers in adjacent countries. 5. Now, Korean Internet service providers have to pay traffic fees to other foreign service providers. 6. The outcome: Korean YouTube slowed down and Korean Internet providers wind up paying lots of money to other nations.
TWO WAYS TO HELP
The Grand Narrative brought my attention to these causes – an opportunity for volunteering and a way to involve oneself in changing Korean culture for the better.
The Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association is an organization that promotes the rights of children and the rights of unwed pregnant women, unwed mothers, and their children.
Based in Daegu, they have opportunities to voluteer in that city and in Seoul.
As well, May 10-11 in Seoul is the 3rd annual Single Mom’s Day Conference. They have much the same goals. Link Here.
And last, Jeju Island has a unique Korean culture all its own. History has isolated it from the peninsula, and it developed a shamanistic, shrine-based religion that is in danger of being forgotten forever as the number of believers rapidly declines.
Giuseppe Rositano is putting together a documentary that highlights and documents the Jejuan religion.
NORTH KOREA: WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE? B.R. MYERS IS WHO YOU TALK TO
Myers is one of the foremost experts on North Korea – and Gusts of Popular Feeling has collected together some of the better interviews he’s done.
It’s really worth reading, if you want to know more about North Korea than most South Koreans do.
Meanwhile, The United States has rejected North Korea’s demand to be recognized as a nuclear power.
And as investigators deal with the mountains of evidence against the duo who bombed the Boston Marathon, North Korea felt it necessary to give the following statement: “Wasn’t us, we swear!”
PARK GEUN-HYE MAKES GOOD ON CAMPAIGN PROMISE
The President, Park Geun-Hye, was elected late last year with support from moderates and leftists in Korea. She won their approval with her harsh rhetoric against the massive conglomerates, or Chaebols (재벌) that dominate the Korean economic landscape.
It appears she may be able to make good on her promises. The Fair Trade Commission’s Investigation Bureau is to be re-introduced after eight years of closure, bringing with it a new name: “Conglomerate Supervising Agency”.
The new agency will have the authority to examine internal company practices, investigate external dealings based on government regulations, and track down shareholding conflicts-of-interest.
TEACHER BEATS A STUDENT, THEN MASTURBATES IN THE HALLWAY. AND HE’S NOT A FOREIGNER.
Part-Time teacher Mr. A discovered that one of his students was listening to music in class. So he beat him severely, then went out into the hallway, dropped his pants, and masturbated furiously in front of many of his students.
A spokesperson for the police commented, in part: “…the teacher does not appear to have any mental problems…”
엥 애때리다가 흥분해서 애들 앞에사 자위한 놈이 정신적으로 문제가 없어보인다고?
요즘 세상 컨셉은 돌아이인가..
ARE YOUR PARENTS WORRIED ABOUT YOU BEING HERE? HOW DO THE FAMILIES OF SKOREAN SOLDIERS FEEL?
Even as we all know that the threat from the North is no more or less real than it is when they’re not making idle threats, the families of South Korean soldiers, especially the recent conscripts, are definitely feeling the tension more than most.
After all, for those in the military, reassurances about the complete air, ground, and naval superiority of the South’s armed forces in concert with the United States do nothing to allay the worry that’s only natural to feel for a loved one away from home in the army.
KoreaBANG has more here. Quotes from the article, that :
“My heart stops every time I hear the Jindo air sirens”
“for someone like me who has sent their only son to the military, I can’t even begin to describe my worry.”
and a couple little turds from the comments section:
“Bullshit…is it only your sons who go to the military??? Almost all of us have to go…the guys in there right now just have shitty luck.”
“I’m sorry to say this, but North Korea must be thrilled to see articles like this. They love to see South Koreans quaking in fear.”
THE COSTS OF THE SOUTH KOREAN ECONOMY – ELDER SUICIDES AND YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT ON THE RISE
As we know, family is everything in Korea. Many of our Korean friends and romantic interests, even into their 30s, live at home with their parents. But according to the latest statistics, 1 in 4 Koreans were living alone – this is an even higher rate than in the United States and Australia. The Grand Narrative has more here, but suffice to say that most of these singles are lonely middle-class workingmen or impoverished women in their 60s and older.
Putting aside the oft-cited collectivism of Korean society (excellent disagreement here), we must acknowledge a recent quadrupling of the number of people 65 and older committing suicide, written about in the New York Times.
The Korean Pension plan that we all pay into barely affords the elderly basic living costs. And if someone was already retired in 1988 when the KPP was enacted, they get nothing. Some who kill themselves out of feelings of betrayal, when their successful children elsewhere in the country do nothing to support them.
Meanwhile, the government has approved a higher retirement age, saying it will allow experienced workers to contribute longer and reduce pressure on pension funds.
Elder suicides remain the symptom of a greater problem here – as some parents drain their savings to pay for hagwon fees and send their children abroad to become fluent in English, one in five people between 15 and 29 is unable to find work. Even doctoral degree holders and graduates of famous universities overseas are taking unpaid internships.
These remain huge problems for South Korea. It’s totally wrong-headed to pin the blame on some vague claim of “changes to Korean society”, as some have. But I know South Korea will either solve these problems soon or wait twenty or thirty years until the baby boom generation dies off.
This week’s bonus content: a 2006 documentary about an American deserter to North Korea. Yeah, you read that right. Some South Koreans and Americans defected to the North. This guy’s been living there for 40 years now! Youtube Here.