And toward that end, I can understand why some English teachers are up in arms about the barrage of negative stories about English teachers (and other foreign residents) lately, including the most recent. Understandably, there is concern that bad press about a handful of pot smokers or some such will make native Koreans eye all English teachers with suspicion.
Okay, fine. I'm sympathetic to all that. Really. But then it gets into all kinds of stupid. First is the usual stupid logic that goes something like, "I hate being stereotyped! Koreans are always stereotyping us!" You see kiddies, that itself is stereotyping Koreans (I hope most of my readers would pick up on that without me pointing it out, but you'd be surprised how many people don't see the irony in their own statements and thought processes).
But then the second bout of stupidity is related to the title above. "One teacher is not all teachers" cuts both ways. It's a defense of the good guys when Koreans are confronted with volley after volley of bad press about some foreign teacher or something. But at the same time, it's an important reminder that not every foreign teacher or other international resident who ends up in the papers is being railroaded and deserves our sympathy.
And more to the point: Printing up a story about the person is not necessarily, as Brian put it, writing "about the foreign menace." Is the Korean media not supposed to write up drug stories or fake diploma operations because it might make some unrelated and totally innocent foreigner look guilty by association just by being a foreigner?
And then there's the third thing, the cognitive distortion that comes with getting a disproportionate amount of your Korea news from a K-blog. Simply, the K-blogs trade in foreigner-related news, which ends up getting highlighted in a way far different from how they would be seen by the average Korean. While each story is one of dozens if not hundreds that appear that day in the Korean-language media, they are treated by the English-language K-blogs as if they are the primary story of the day and Koreans think about them for days and weeks, if not months or years, to come.
How many Koreans have actually heard of English Spectrum or even Anti-English Spectrum, or even remember the infamous incidents? Maybe a lot, maybe a few. And then how many actually accept what's being said? I can't find the link now, but someone made reference to readers of a recent Anti-English Spectrum article, whose comments carried a theme of "Hey, isn't this kind of thing stalking?" or "Is this even legal?"
Anyway, here is the foreign menace of the day:
Its been a while. But heres the next step in operation illegal teacher. Korea is cracking down, its true! They have been for some time. I am going to be just fine though. The Korean government is too lazy to come into Haebangchon and kick me out. Which is weird cause a couple buddies of mine are now serving 30 day sentencing before they are booted out for working illegally. Oh well. Another burger at phillies.Oh, and of course there's more:
China is booming right now, and I know many people that cant get into Korea are now infiltrating that country. Get on top of it while its hot. We are still selling degrees, and have signed 14 teachers to date with quality diplomas.Now they are teaching in schools all across the South Korean peninsula, making big money. Man …..,, these schools are desperate and willing to pay!
Also too, were looking to get our hands on some CELTA degrees soon. Just making sure they are looking top notch.
Im working on some new videos, and will be giving you guys some top advice on passport manipulation and a glimpse into what your new education will look like!
See you at the Seoul Pub
It seems that I have been shut down by the Korean Government. Im not sure why but its a bit of an issue to all my viewers and I apologize for it. Lets look on the bright side of things though, at least this blog is still going and everyone has a chance to peek the real side of the teaching industry.That link above includes a video of the guy saying pretty much the same thing about fake diplomas, lest anyone think some vindictive ex was setting him up.
Also, on another note. Fake degrees are now for sale. Anyone that wants one, you let me know. This is an opportunity to graduate from any university of your choice. Harvard you say? Absolutely! We'll have you set up and ready to go within days. Get the teaching job of your dreams.
Im currently wrapping up some of acting here in Seoul, and look forward to getting that off to everyone. Teaching isnt your only option here!
Best of luck to all of you in 2009. Hopefully I;ll see you at the Seoul Pub, and long live the HBC.
And of course, there's more:
Its been a while since a blog post. Ive been real busy putting together a ebook about teaching in Korea. Its going to be ready real soon, and I can wait to share it once I have it together. They ultimate plan in getting yourself legit and working in a country even if you only have a couple years of elementary school behind you. Stay tuned, I'm going to refine this and get it edited out.Cheese and rice, it's like the guy was deliberately trying to hit all the Anti-English Spectrum stereotypes, huh? This is all kinds of stupid, like the guys who Facebooked their high-profile poker game. Oh, and two of those geniuses apparently had taken drugs recently enough that they came up positive with a drug test. Brilliant.
Also, I would like to congradulate the 3 new esl teachers we just got into Korea. They are excited about their jobs, and are even happier with the degrees they have. They are making some great money,and the world really is their oyster!
So here's a guy selling fake diplomas, which is a story the press would eat up even if it had nothing to do with foreigners. Should the Korean media not print it? Given that one function of punishment is deterrence, isn't it prudent to demonstrate that the authorities are indeed cracking down on things, even when they involve foreigners?
Nope, because by reporting crimes by foreigners, they make foreigners look bad, right? Right?
The foreign community needs a collective wake-up call that the Wild Wild Westerner mentality that is so prominent among a growing segment of the English-teaching population (and others) is adversely affecting the reputation of everyone else, particularly in terms of professionalism and — if this is important to you — marriage prospects.
I was recently forwarded a query about motorcycle riding in Korea:
lessful Than Soju™ — and that writing about foreigners committing crimes is hypocritical (because Koreans also commit crimes) and racist or xenophobic.
Hey there folks, I am thinking about buying a motorbike in South Korea that is not registered. I was told that the cops really try to avoid foreigners and so I have little to worry about in terms of getting a fat ticket.. is this true? Can anyone give me some tips on motorcycling in South Korea in general?
Many thanks friends,
Like our diploma-milling friend, this guy is falling for and perpetuating the idea that, hey, if you've got a foreign-looking face then you don't have to worry about obeying the law. True, I suppose, but only up to a point. If this guy were involved in an accident — even if he were not at fault — they would come down hard on him. And then, I suppose, he would turn into a WAAAAAHgugin™ complaining that he's being picked on because he's a foreigner. And so would his buddies. And so would Dave's ESL. And so would the K-blogs.
Sigh. We must learn to stop stupidity before it happens.
Ah, being Cosbyesque earns me the label of apologist. People would rather not face up to their group members' culpability in these matters and instead convince Koreans that pot is harmless — Less Harm
It's human rights abuse!
Tell me why you should give a rat's ass about the press highlighting the diploma-forging Colonel Fernandez. Not only is he breaking the law, he's making all kinds of English teachers look suspect because, realistically, it's plausible that any of them could have a fake diploma. And yeah, he is reinforcing the meme that Korea is a place for dishonest people to come and make money. This is not a meme Koreans collectively pulled out of their ass.
And in the end, if you're an English teacher, isn't this guy affecting your livelihood? Is it better for you if anyone can come in and throw some money his way and get a degree?
There's your foreign menace right there.
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