Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Viewers of 'Realities of unfit foreign instructors' outraged

The 2005 English Spectrum Incident

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 women
Part 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: 'Recruit a Yankee strike force!'
Part 11: The Daum signature campaign: 'Let's kick out low quality foreign instructors!'
Part 12: Movement to expel foreign teachers who denigrated Korean women
Part 13: "Middle school girls will do anything"
Part 14: Netizens propose 'Yankee counter strike force'
Part 15: Segye Ilbo interview with the women from the party, part 1
Part 16: Segye Ilbo interview with the women from the party, part 2
Part 17: Web messages draw Koreans’ wrath
Part 18: Thai female laborers and white English instructors
Part 19: KBS Morning Newstime: 'I can also suffer from the two faces of the internet'
Part 20: AES: Grandfather Dangun is wailing in his grave!
Part 21: 'Regret' over the scandal caused by confessions of foreign instructors
Part 22: "Korean men have no excuse"
Part 23: "Unfit foreign instructors should be a 'social issue'"
Part 24: Growing dispute over foreign English instructor qualifications
Part 25: 'Clamor' at foreigner English education site
Part 26: Foreign instructor: "I want to apologize"
Part 27: No putting brakes on 'Internet human rights violations'
Part 28: "They branded us as whores, yanggongju and pimps," part 1
Part 29: "They branded us as whores, yanggongju and pimps," part 2
Part 30: Don't Imagine
Part 31: Anti-English Spectrum founder's statement
Part 32: 'Foreign instructor' takes third place
Part 33: Art From Outsider's Point of View
Part 34: U.S. Embassy warns Americans of threats near colleges
Part 35: Internet real name system debated
Part 36: Dirty Korean women who have brought shame to the country?
Part 37: Invasion of Privacy Degrades Korean Women Twice Over
Part 38: 60 unqualified native speaking instructors hired for English instruction
Part 39: The rising tide of unqualified foreign instructors
Part 40: Warrant for Canadian English instructor who molested hagwon owner
Part 41: MBC Sisa Magazine 2580: "Korea is a paradise"
Part 42: Foreign instructor: "In two years I slept with 20 Korean women."
Part 43: Viewers shocked by shameless acts of unqualified foreign instructors.
Part 44: Warrant for the arrest of a man in his 30s for breaking into home of foreign instructors
Part 45: [Cultural criticism] Hongdae club day lewd party incident
Part 46: Unqualified English instructors seen as major problem here
Part 47: Investigation of the realities of 'foreign instructors' methods for luring Korean women'
Part 48: Broadcast announcement: 'For foreign instructors, is Korea a paradise for women?'
Part 49: To white English instructors, the Republic of Korea is a paradise
Part 50: "If they're white, it's okay?" Lots of English instructor frauds...
Part 51: A new message from Anti English Spectrum
Part 52:
SBS, 'Is Korea their paradise? Blond hair blue eyes' part 1
Part 53: SBS, 'Is Korea their paradise? Blond hair blue eyes' part 2 
Part 54: SBS, 'Is Korea their paradise? Blond hair blue eyes' part 3
Part 55: Viewers of 'Realities of unfit foreign instructors' outraged

On February 19, the morning after the SBS report on foreign instructors was broadcast, Star News published the following article:
Viewers of 'Realities of unfit foreign instructors' outraged

"I was so infuriated after watching yesterday's program that I couldn't sleep."

After watching the SBS current affairs program 'I want to know that's report on unfit, white foreign instructors working in Korea, viewers' anger exploded.

After the broadcast, comment after comment was left at the 'I Want to Know That' viewers' internet bulletin board saying things like "Why did this broadcast take so long to come out?" and "I'm frightened to send my children to an academy."

The "I Want to Know That" report from the 19th, entitled "Is Korea their Paradise? Report on the Real Conditions of Blond-haired, Blue-eyed Teachers," reported on the problem of white foreign instructors who teach conversation in Korea and habitually commit various illegal acts.

The broadcast that day looked at the problem of white foreign instructors who fraudulently teach English to children and openly call Korea 'a place where it's easy to sleep with the women' or 'a place where it's easy to make money.' It also introduced extreme examples such as raping students or enjoying drugs.

As well, it also pointed out the pathetic social conditions in which our children are put into the care of foreign instructors who haven't had their qualifications properly verified and where the relevant authorities use a double standard in treating foreigners or illegal sojourners depending on their nationality or race.

Viewers who saw the program rushed to leave comments at the program's bulletin board expressing surprise and anger such as, "I'd heard many rumours related to this before, but I didn't know it was this bad." From right after the broadcast finished to right now at 10am on the 20th, over 1,200 comments have already been left.

They were surprised at the remarks of hagwon officials who considered appearance first and ability last when choosing instructors, and reflected on the racism and English first-ism within ourselves. Voices also called for related authorities to strengthen the crackdowns on illegal sojourner foreign instructors and to establish criteria for foreign instructor qualifications.

Meanwhile, they cheered on Peter Park, a Korean American whose story was introduced in which he came to Korea after thinking that he'd like to do something significant in his home country but, despite having qualifications found it difficult to get hired on account of his race and saw unqualified white instructors take the places of decent instructors.  On the bulletin board viewers shared information about finding a job and asked for help from him in learning English directly from him.

However, there were also many viewers concerned about the side effects of this broadcast. Already on the viewer's bulletin board were dozens of comments denouncing women as 'Yanggongju,' generating debate. Viewers also worried greatly about the possibility of the fallout affecting hardworking foreign instructors.
Somehow I doubt many were 'worried greatly about the possibility of the fallout affecting hardworking foreign instructors.' Needless to say, the broadcast did its job as a piece of sensationalized propaganda, and even more people would watch the show via SBS's Video On Demand service as the angry response by viewers became known.


King Baeksu said...
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King Baeksu said...

"I was so infuriated after watching yesterday's program that I couldn't sleep."

The "reporter" left out part of the comment, which reads in full:

"I was so infuriated after watching yesterday's program that I couldn't sleep, so I went to It'aewon at 2 o'clock in the morning and banged the first foreigner I could find so hard that I won't be able walk straight for the rest of the week. It was awesome!"

King Baeksu said...

PS: Blogger sucks because you can't edit comments!

King Baeksu said...

BTW, I wonder how many Koreans are "outraged" that the current head of the Korea Association of Hagwon, Park Kyung-sil, is a criminal convicted of embezzlement, and is currently under investigation by police for allegedly hiring a hit man to "take someone out," as well as distributing bribe money for the purposes of corrupting police officials:


I did a Google search for "박경실" and a recent article about her in the Chpsun Ilbo gets a whopping two comments:


Doesn't seem like a "wave of outrage" to me. Meanwhile, yesterday's article on her in Yonhap has been "retweeted" zero times, and has not a single "recommend" on Facebook, either:


Not a single comment under the story that ran in the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday:


The top new story on Google is from Money Today News, which also has zero comments, zero "retweets" and zero Facbook "recommends":


It would seem that the Korean public has a rather selective sense of "outrage" as far as "bad behavior" in the hagwon industry is concerned, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

King Baeksu,
So what you're saying is that 'Koreabang' won't be covering the story aye?
One website that also hasn't covered Pagoda's Park, Kyung-sil story is 'iamkoream.' I realize that doesn't really count as a Korean website since it's not in Korean language but I find it interesting nonetheless because that site often covers Koreans/Korean American's in trouble. Perhaps it's because Pagoda/Park, Kyung-sil employs many Kyopo/Korean Americans?