Ah, but what a scoop they have, because they actually have a picture of the arch-nemesis of English teachers on the peninsula, Yie Eun-woong:
Anyway, here's an excerpt:
Yie, a slender 40-year-old who owns a temporary employment agency, says he is only attempting to weed out troublemakers who have no business teaching students in South Korea, or anywhere else.As one might expect, ATEK also makes an appearance in the story, which also mentions the death threat alleged to have been made by an anti-English Spectrum member:
The volunteer manager of a controversial group known as the Anti-English Spectrum, Yie investigates complaints by South Korean parents, often teaming up with authorities, and turns over information from his efforts for possible prosecution.
Outraged teachers groups call Yie an instigator and a stalker.
Yie waves off the criticism. "It's not stalking, it's following," he said. "There's no law against that."
Since its founding in 2005, critics say, Yie's group has waged an invective-filled nationalistic campaign against the 20,000 foreign-born English teachers in South Korea.
On their website and through fliers, members have spread rumors of a foreign English teacher crime wave. They have alleged that some teachers are knowingly spreading AIDS, speculation that has been reported in the Korean press.
In November, the president of the teachers group received anonymous e-mails threatening his life and accusing him of committing sex crimes.Which reminds me, while on vacation, now that Christmas has passed, I forgot to put up my post about the English teacher death count. Anybody got a handle on the post-Yuletide carnage numbers?
"I have organized the KEK (Kill White in Korea)," one e-mail read in part. "We will start to kill and hit [foreigners] from this Christmas. Don't make a fuss. . . . Just get out."
Yie acknowledges that he has been questioned by investigators but denies any involvement in the threats of violence.
"To be honest," he said, "a lot of our group members believe the teachers made this all up."
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