Part 1: English Spectrum and 'Ask The Playboy'
Part 2: The Kimchiland where it’s easy to sleep with women and make money
Part 3: English Spectrum shuts down as Anti-English Spectrum is created
Part 4: How to hunt foreign womenPart 5: Did the foreigners who denigrated Korean women throw a secret party?
Part 6: The 'Ask The Playboy' sexy costume party
Part 7: Stir over ‘lewd party’ involving foreigners and Korean women
Part 8: The 2003 post that tarred foreign English teachers as child molesters
Part 9: Netizens shocked by foreign instructor site introducing how to harass Korean children
Part 10: Movement to expel foreign teachers who denigrated Korean women
Part 11: "Middle school girls will do anything"
Part 12: Netizens propose 'Yankee counter strike force'
Part 13: Segye Ilbo interview with the women from the party, part 1
Part 14: Segye Ilbo interview with the women from the party, part 2
Part 15: Web messages draw Koreans’ wrath
Part 16: Thai female laborers and white English instructors
Part 17: 'Regret' over the scandal caused by confessions of foreign instructors
Part 18: "Korean men have no excuse"
On January 17, 2005, the Hankook Ilbo decided to focus on netizen views which were critical of the cyber mob which hounded the women in the photos.
"Korean men have no excuse"Except for the last two paragraphs ('natural,' indeed), this article harkens back to the "How to hunt foreign women" article published earlier on which was had some critical views of Korean men and their perceptions of foreign women. While, to be sure, there were not so many articles like these, there were some which criticized negative views of women seen with foreign men and nationalism run amok, and more are yet to come.
Netizen controversy over "posts denigrating Korean women" by foreign language instructors.
"The problem is unconditionally treating as a whore anyone who dates a foreign man."
There are many more netizens who say "It's also an issue in foreign counties... it's natural to criticize"
As controversy rages due to Korean netizens angry reaction to posts by some foreign language instructors who posted writing denigrating Korean women and students on an internet site, an argument that the true fault lies with Koreans' 'inner self reflection' is drawing attention.
One netizen wrote a post titled "Foreign instructors and racist double standards" at the 'Jinbonuri' homepage. It said, "The mentality of patriarchal protection Korean men have towards Korean women is entirely full of contempt." "Don't even think of using aimless violence, instead, protest regarding the copyright law which fills content companies' stomachs."
The person wrote, "What do Korean men do when they go to Southeast Asia? They buy sex, are supercilious and arrogant, and display a spirit of being crude nouveau riche/upstarts, and around Southeast Asia an Anti-Korean wind is blowing." "From the outset, (Korean men) have no excuse for their actions."
The writer wrote on the premise that "The things some foreign instructors said demeaning Korean women are clearly wrong," "but still, opposing the powerful global tumor, racism, with similar racist violence is wrong."
In considering the movement toward physical punishment of foreigners, it criticized the netizens saying, "(Koreans) don't think at all about workers from southeast Asia and some netizens are consistent only in their nationalist behavior."
Another netizen posted at a discussion group at the portal Daum, "It's not about never trying to take sides with foreign instructors. The foreign instructors' behavior is wrong." "It's trying to show the negative effects of nationalism and express concern over things like the promotion of group mentality."
The writer pointed out that some Korean men are not free from the criticism that foreign instructors have received: "Aren't there also Korean students studying in Japan who have promiscuous sex with Japanese women?"
The person added, "The problem has grown serious because of a person committing mistakes in Korea, but the essence of the problem does not come from Korean women."
Another netizen said, "What's wrong with Korean men studying English in the Philippines playing around with the women there and foreign instructors playing around with Korean women?" There was also a netizen who said, "I can't see unconditionally treating a woman as a whore because she dated a foreign man as anything but a nationalistic attitude."
A netizen who expressed concern over the reality of foreigners staying in Korea being treated as criminals said, "[What if] while you stayed in a foreign country an Asian committed a crime, and then the people there treated all Asians as criminals and said 'Let's expel Asians.' And what's worse, what if the girl you're with was treated like a whore? How would you feel?"
On the other hand, there are many more netizens who criticize the instructors and women, saying, "If low quality imported instructors from the US and Canada did it as a group or more systematically, it would be a much bigger problem in Korea now."
A netizen who introduced himself as someone studying in the US argued that, "In the US as well the problem of playing around is just as bad. It's not strange [for Americans] to criticize some [American] women who are thoughtless." One women said, "I saw the problematic club photos, and as a women, I was embarrassed. It's natural to criticize (women who cause problems)."