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Author Topic: An Open Letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-In on the 2017 E2 Visa Crisis  (Read 11447 times)

Offline stressedinseoul

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Hello President Moon,

Your country is currently making a huge mistake and only you can stop this.

For the last few years of my life, I have lived in South Korea. I have fallen in love with your country, fallen in love with a nice Korean girl and have gotten accustomed to a nice life in this wonderful country. I love Korea.

I have two university degrees from Canada; one in the humanities and one in education. I am a teacher who is seeking economic refuge in Korea since the climate for teaching in Canada is currently very unfavourable.

I have dutifully paid my Korean taxes on time. I have never broken a law in Korea. I can read Hangul. I can communicate in broken Korean. I have local friends in my neighbourhood: ajjoshis and ajjumas at the local grocery store, kimbap shop, CU, GS25 and of course, the local bar. In other words, I am the ideal foreigner from a Korean perspective; one who has become “Koreanized” in order to live a good, successful life here.

Over the last few months however, there has been a massive change to my way of life. You see, I teach in an international school in Korea that is considered to be a “hagwon” by your country. In my school we teach an international curriculum, entirely in English to children whose parents hope that they study abroad one day. I am helping to fulfill a need in the Korean economy. My school is identified as an offshore school in my home country and is considered to be an international school by everyone else in the world.

However, as Korean law states that an international school must have 75% foreign passport holding students, very few schools in this country actually qualify as international schools. As such, due to this E2 visa issue now bringing down schools in Korea, I am not only now in fear of losing my job, but I am also in fear of being deported and being banned from entering this country that I love for one whole year.

As a former human rights lawyer, I hope that you can look at our plight with mercy. The government has already brought down CBIS and CCS; and as I write this, teachers from WCA are being interrogated in an immigration center and being made to sign a form saying that they are criminals who broke the law. This is a colossal slap in the face to us who have worked hard to make Korea a better place for its youth and to better internationalize Korea for its future.

The fact that my school has existed for nearly a decade without any problems and now might be made to shut down, shows the incompetence of the Korean government to have tackled this issue sooner and more effectively. It is not fair that us teachers are made into criminals and are deported and that the owners, who were simply following the accepted protocol of procuring E2 visas for their teachers, have their schools shut down. This is a drastic and unfair punishment to those of us who have made lives for ourselves here.

I love my Korean students and I love my Korean life. By literally going after the most educated foreigners in Korea (to work at these schools one needs not only an undergraduate degree but also a teaching degree and certification in a Western country), you are quite literally causing a massive foreigner brain drain from Korea. You will make the hundreds of potential deportees bitter against Korea and turn them against the country that they loved so much.

I literally see scammers and fraudsters from other countries here in Seoul on a weekly basis, and it is devastating to me that they will be allowed to stay here and continue robbing the Korean public while us teachers are forced to leave.

I therefore ask that you kindly do something about our situation soon. Our schools are falling like dominoes, and the way things are going, we will all be forced to leave Korea soon.

Please find some other way to deal with this situation other than deporting this large, educated populace of teachers from Korea. I can assure you that of those of us who are deported, only a minority will look kindly to Korea and consider returning in the future.

Thank you.

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Send it to the KT and other Korean publications. Spread the word!

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You might want to start a little lower on the chain of command...

Offline dandred

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The whole reason why they are doing this is because they don't want the kids here to receive a decent English education.
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Offline BearNana

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Lol is this a troll? "I can read hangul" haha

Offline maximmm

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It's funny, because it's obvious that the writer did not read Moon's campaign pledges in regards to the use/importance of English in SK schools. 


Offline maximmm

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Nah - like someone else pointed out, this really is a troll post - ignore and move on.

A quote - ' I have local friends in my neighbourhood: ajjoshis and ajjumas at the local grocery store, kimbap shop, CU, GS25 and of course, the local bar.'

Offline Piggydee

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Wasn't this "person" suppose to be out of the country by May 11th?  And didn't the CBC school take care of all outstanding expenses to make up for the fact that they were blind sided because they were on the wrong visas???

Offline Teemowork

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... fallen in love with a nice Korean girl ...

With his anti-gay comments about the military and citizens, who knows if he'll be accepting of interracial relationships.  Even as the more liberal candidate, Korea as a whole is still super conservative, and many still retain the idea of purity of blood.  If the president has secret negative feelings about interracial dating/marriage, this letter would just screw foreigners up even harder.

Korea is also one of the more closed nations in the world, and don't accept immigrants very freely, which is one of the things they need to offset the declining population.  That's how several countries of Europe does it, that's how the U.S. and Canada offsets the issue of its citizens not wanting to have as much children.

I also don't see any likelihood that the current establishment will be very pro-foreigner anyways.  It seems like Korea is going through a lot of internal issues at the moment, so catering to foreigners isn't really the top of its priority.  And in terms of the broad international relationship, they are more focused on China, the U.S., Japan and NK. These are the more important issues because that is what is directly affecting their country now.

Sounds pretty negative, but this might just be the reality of it all.


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Oh and as I know someone who works very closely with the school, word on the street is that OP (if it's the same guy from that video that was on the news article about this story) never even proposed to the girl and I also heard from this close source of mine that they were broken up.  So sure this person may love Korea but as far as there being an actually "wife he is going to marry"  I heard that's not even going down.  Plus this is not exactly the avenue you should go OP.  Send this story to Korean Herald, Korea Times, YTN, or Arirang.  Here you are just going to get people to mock and laugh at you :rolleyes: :rolleyes: 

« Last Edit: May 23, 2017, 09:53:40 AM by Piggydee »

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That bloody bastard.
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Offline HyooMyron

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Lol is this a troll? "I can read hangul" haha

I had the same feeling. It was just littered with buzz words to rile up the fools  :lipsrsealed:

But if this post is serious, I can't help but feel a level of admiration for OP's child-like ambition. "I GOT A LETTER! AND IT'S GOING STRAIGHT TO THE PRESIDENT!"  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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It's funny, because it's obvious that the writer did not read Moon's campaign pledges in regards to the use/importance of English in SK schools.

I'm curious at to what those pledges are?  Links to article?  ;D

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Plus OP was suppose to be out of the country two weeks ago.  If this person is in fact real then they are breaking the law at this very moment by still being in Korea illegally.   

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Quote from: PRESIDENT Moon Jae-in
Thank you for your letter. Do you know Dokdo?
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Quote from: PRESIDENT Moon Jae-in
Thank you for your letter. Do you know Dokdo?

Yes, it's famous and belongs to KOREA! (not those dirty Japanese) Don't you know?   :laugh:

Offline cjszk

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This post can't be taken seriously. It's far too vulnerable for any crazy Korean (which there are many of in Moon Jae-In's party) to completely tear it up and use it as a reason to pit against foreigners as truth that foreigners are leeches.

Offline Teemowork

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This post can't be taken seriously. It's far too vulnerable for any crazy Korean (which there are many of in Moon Jae-In's party) to completely tear it up and use it as a reason to pit against foreigners as truth that foreigners are leeches.

It's also kind of over-exaggerating to call this a "crisis".

Terrorism killing people is a "crisis".
Syrian refugees is a "crisis".
The Iphone 7 not having a headphone jack, NOT a "crisis"
E-2 visa and foreign teachers issues, NOT a "crisis"

Offline z80

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With his anti-gay comments about the military and citizens, who knows if he'll be accepting of interracial relationships

Mixed puppies are ok, but I don't think mixed relationships are ok with our new president.

Offline Piggydee

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This post can't be taken seriously. It's far too vulnerable for any crazy Korean (which there are many of in Moon Jae-In's party) to completely tear it up and use it as a reason to pit against foreigners as truth that foreigners are leeches.

It's also kind of over-exaggerating to call this a "crisis".

Terrorism killing people is a "crisis".
Syrian refugees is a "crisis".
The Iphone 7 not having a headphone jack, NOT a "crisis"
E-2 visa and foreign teachers issues, NOT a "crisis"

I think it's more of a crisis for his d**k can't get that sweet sweet lovin anymore  :cheesy: