Friday, September 02, 2016

Frustration with low-standard foreign instructors: "Korea's pride damaged"

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
Part 56: Foreign instructor: "Korea is a cash and women dispenser."
Part 57: Frustration with low-standard foreign instructors: "Korea's pride damaged"

On February 20, 2005, the Kukmin Ilbo reported on the SBS broadcast of "I Want to Know That."
Frustration with low-standard foreign instructors: "Korea's pride damaged"

On the evening of the 19th the SBS current affairs show "I Want to Know That" episode "Is Korea their Paradise?" hurt Koreans' pride. Viewers who watched that night's broadcast, which reported on the rudeness and immorality of foreign instructors working in Korea, vented their anger, which went as far as suggesting attacking foreigners living in Korea.

The broadcast reported on foreign English instructors making fast money at Korean hagwons, universities and companies by faking their academic background, having sex with middle and high school students they met as students at hagwons, and using drugs like marijuana and even selling them to students.

As well, shocking testimony was televised such as "I think barely 5% of foreign instructors working in Korea have qualifications." "Korean women are the easiest sex partners to get." "I think of Korea as an ATM." That day the broadcast had 12.5% of viewers, which is extraordinarily high for a current affairs program in a late night time slot. Until now, on the 20th, there have been over 1000 comments left on the [show's site's] viewer bulletin board.

The anger expressed in cyberspace by viewers was aimed at foreign English teachers as a group. Among these there were not a few extreme opinions such as "Let's hunt foreigners," so there are even fears that hostility aimed at nearly [all] foreigners living in Korea will spread. Already at the beginning of the year, after the spread of images of foreign instructors having a lewd party with Korean women incurred the wrath of young netizens, a movement to expel English instructors developed on the internet and this will add fuel to the fire.

On this evening the broadcast also increased distrust towards English hagwons. That not even 5% of instructors had qualifications was shocking but as parents reeled in shock from reports on [their] habitual sexual assault and drug [use], one well-known foreign language hagwon unprecedentedly posted a notice on the 20th saying "This hagwon has absolutely nothing to do with the broadcast."

Along with this, voices are being raised in opposition to our society's English fever and sadaejuui towards white people. The abnormal, white-hot English education fever is leading to the mass production of unqualified English instructors and the illusion of white people who speak English as their mother tongue.
Hurt pride, criticism of sadaejuui towards white people, fears of spreading hostility towards foreigners, distrust of hagwons - quite a nice reaction to SBS's sensationalist broadcast. The next post will show how Dailian illustrated this hostility by quoting from netizens.

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