April 20, 2018, 04:43:09 PM

Author Topic: There's a hanguk.org in your country. What do the Korean ex-pats complain about?  (Read 14767 times)

Offline zedsonata

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I showed one of my coteacher this thread.

...... smoke, so I went to the toilet out of everyone's way and then suddenly a police officer actually stopped me from smoking! Then some other guy from some other governm.....

Real story? classic ;D

That's the great thing about this guy.... I just don't know. My guess is made up, based on something that happened.

Offline some waygug-in

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Like we understand: one side hates Korea/Koreans and one guy loves Korea/Koreans.


For the record, I don't hate Korea or Koreans:  I feel sorry for them.

I do however find some things Koreans do very frustrating.


When I was in Mexico, it wasn't long before the "wow factor" wore off and everyone

was complaining about the situation and conditions.   It's human nature, it happens

in every country.


There are actually a lot of things I miss about Korea;  the ultra convenience, the  transportation system, and yes even some of the food.   I wish I could get chamchi
kimbap  around here or sam gye tang.


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Why are demartino's examples always against black people?

Just an observation?

They're the most common and carry the most impact because we're the most familiar with their stereotypes. On the other hand, if I did a rainbow of stereotype examples you'd complain that I must be doing it wrong because I know all of these stereotypes. Also, I did also compare it to Asian stereotype jokes.

I'd think the takeaway from all of this would be that the past few pages or so this thing has just degenerated into what might as well be the joke section of a hate site, not whether I did a damned if you do, damned if you don't X number of racial groups' stereotypes.

But since you asked, I shall offer- the posts have essentially degenerated into this "What would people do on arab.org? Why can't I circumcise my wife? Why do they think its wrong I threw my gay daughter off of the roof? Why are they upset that I tried to burn down the local synagogue? People actually eat pork??? Disgusting!!!"  "What would people do on latino.org?  And I thought it was hard to jump over the border back home- look at this DMZ! Why are they mad at me for taking a siesta at work? And they call me lazy! No one lowers their car or gives it a bouncing suspension with flame decals? What gives!"

For effs sake people, this is what the thread has degenerated into. That you think I'm the problem in all of this speaks volumes.

The whole point of this thread was to self reflect and make fun of YOUR OWN country, hahaha. Whatever, when you post something online it is out of your hands at that point.  :police:

Exactly.

Big surprise, the haters seem incapable of self-reflection. There seems to be only a handful of posters on this thread that are actually aware of the genuine problems Koreans experience and complain about when living overseas vs. what they imagine/hallucinate. Same goes for the state of things in their home countries and what real problems occur.

For the record, I don't hate Korea or Koreans:  I feel sorry for them.

I do however find some things Koreans do very frustrating.


When I was in Mexico, it wasn't long before the "wow factor" wore off and everyone

was complaining about the situation and conditions.   It's human nature, it happens

in every country.


No need to feel sorry for them, plenty of them are leading fulfilling lives, some probably more vibrant and fulfilling than your own. Besides, one could say the same thing about people back home? How many "free spirits" are really just leading empty lives of crappy 'art' in between bong rips and Cartoon Network?

I don't think it's necessarily human nature to start complaining about wherever you go. I think it is if you're a pessimist and externalize blame. I think people who tend to be optimists, risk-takers, and blame internalizers are more likely to not fall into such a pattern.

An optimistic person isn't focusing on the complaints they have with the country, they are focusing on what they can do, the positive relationships they have with people, the positive experiences they've had, the opportunities that sill exist, the current plans or projects in their life, and ways in which they can help other people with their problems, not focusing on their own.

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"I moved into my new apartment in Canada.  I paid for unpacking, but the movers just unboxed things and left the on the floor in front of the shelves and closets.

They didn't even have a woman on the crew to organize my closets!"

Seriously, full service movers in Korea are awesome.

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"I moved into my new apartment in Canada.  I paid for unpacking, but the movers just unboxed things and left the on the floor in front of the shelves and closets.

They didn't even have a woman on the crew to organize my closets!"

Seriously, full service movers in Korea are awesome.

Just had this happen.
It was a door to door service.

They packed the boxes for us in Korea. Here they dropped everything in the garage (except for the fridge and bed) and took off.

My wife has three boxes of shoes......... my back hurts.......

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Shopping hard

It was so difficult to find a cellphone. Where was the obnoxiously loud music to make the experience a party?

Grocery shopping is so confusing. I don't know what to buy. Why aren't employees yelling over the PA system?

Coffee is terrible here. They charge so much less than Korea so the quality must be low.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2017, 05:56:35 PM by Pattinsons »

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I had to go to the emergency room for a minor injury and I got billed 20,000 US dollars. 와우~!

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I had to go to the emergency room for a minor injury and I got billed 20,000 US dollars. 와우~!

... I was thinking in KRW, and had them run my Samsung Visa card; several times. It was quit embarrassing.

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I had to go to the emergency room for a minor injury and I got billed 20,000 US dollars. 와우~!

... I was thinking in KRW, and had them run my Samsung Visa card; several times. It was quit embarrassing.

안돼!

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Some that follow weigookin74's original intent:

"I called BT to set up home internet access and they told me I'd have to wait a month for installation! Why can't they send someone to do it tomorrow morning?"

"I tried to call my family on Skype while riding in my friend's car, but the signal was terrible. Why can't I get a proper phone signal outside of the big cities?"

"I was taking photos of plants in the park when suddenly a woman grabbed her children, started screaming at me and threatened to call the police. Can you not take photos in parks in the UK?"

"I went fishing at the local river and some men in an official uniform came over to me in a boat with sirens. I thought they were doing a karaoke of the Village People, but they were serious. They took my fishing tackle, fined me, and told me I need a licence to fish in the river!"

"I asked my friend to proofread my advert for a technician for my new repair shop. He told me I can't advertise for a workman because that's sexist. Apparently I should also interview women who apply. I'm not sexist, but I don't think women would fit in with our work culture. What a waste of everyone's time."

"I went to see the doctor for the first time today, but they told me I need to officially register with them and then wait more than a week for my first appointment. Hopefully my strep throat won't become too serious in the meantime."

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My goodness Canadians have HUGE water boilers in their homes!

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I was coming off the M1 at junction 21 the other day, there was a white van in front of me as I approached the roundabout.  Both of us stopped.  I was looking to my right when I saw a space in the oncoming traffic.  I accelerated forward.....but hit the white van, who hadn't moved.  We both got out, and he walked towards me, but he didn't look too angry.  There was a huge jam behind us as I didn't move my car, understanding the protocol for these kind of things.  'Erm, ooops..look I'll call my insurance company they'll be here in 30 minutes.  they'll take some pictures and we'll say it was a 50/50 claim.  Okay?'  He punched me in the face and then got in his van and drove off.  What is wrong with these people?

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I got a job as a food delivery person in Toronto. On my first day I delivered the food fastly then found the apartment. I knocked once then immediately opened the door and walked inside. My doctor says I will be able to leave the hospital in a day or two.

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I don't think it's necessarily human nature to start complaining about wherever you go. I think it is if you're a pessimist and externalize blame. I think people who tend to be optimists, risk-takers, and blame internalizers are more likely to not fall into such a pattern.

kwote: Mr. DM


Ever hear of culture shock?   Yes it does happen when people travel and live in countries

quite different than their own.   Not everyone succumbs to the negativity, true.

But it does happen everywhere and is quite common.   It is not something unique to Korea

or to Wayguk-ins in Korea.

Some people manage to get over it, others never do.  As you say, it depends on personality and experience among other things.

What does seem more common in Korea is the number of people who continue to stay/work/live in a country in which they feel unhappy and culturally alienated.   I suppose the cost of living /  amount of income savings has a lot to do with that.

I probably should not have stayed past my second year, but I stayed 9.

It was that the economic benefits outweighed the negatives. (at least sometimes)


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No need to feel sorry for them, plenty of them are leading fulfilling lives, some probably more vibrant and fulfilling than your own. Besides, one could say the same thing about people back home? How many "free spirits" are really just leading empty lives of crappy 'art' in between bong rips and Cartoon Network?

quoowote  Mr. DM

For those living the life of Riley, no, I don't feel sorry for them.   Plenty more are living
not so wonderful lives;  those are the ones I feel sorry for.
I suppose there are plenty of people back home I could feel sorry for as well (and I do)
but I was just pointing out my own personal feelings towards Koreans.

I especially felt sorry for the ones who were convinced that learning English was going
to put them into the upper crust of society somehow.  Hmmm :sad:

« Last Edit: July 18, 2017, 05:25:16 AM by some waygug-in »

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Good detective work some waygug-in. However when you talk as much as DM you're bound to contradict yourself eventually. I'm sure he's got a good explanation why it's not contradiction anyway. 

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Good detective work some waygug-in. However when you talk as much as DM you're bound to contradict yourself eventually. I'm sure he's got a good explanation why it's not contradiction anyway.

I don't really see any contradiction there. He's just offering a different view. I don't even think his point really contradicts mine. 

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What does "frickinbonehead" mean?"

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Good detective work some waygug-in. However when you talk as much as DM you're bound to contradict yourself eventually. I'm sure he's got a good explanation why it's not contradiction anyway.

I don't really see any contradiction there. He's just offering a different view. I don't even think his point really contradicts mine.

Maybe I misunderstood, I thought both quotes were from you.

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All that bitchin, they could move back to Korea. They're probably all studying for their citizenship tests.

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Here's one- Why do so many Americans not use washcloths and remove their dead skin after they bathe? Don't they realize dead skin leads to body odor? Why haven't they learned basic hygiene? Also what is up with the gigantic towels? Totally unnecessary and they don't dry or scrub as well.