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  • KimDuHan
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Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« on: March 21, 2020, 12:16:36 am »
The won to usd exchange is around 80 cents with the already low incomes and schools shutting down is there any reason for Americans to stay in Korea?

The won to cad exchange is awesome so Canadians actually have an incentive.

Americans in Korea do you feel its worth it to live in Korea? Why or why not? Losing 20% of an already low income is quite the knockout punch!!


Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 02:00:36 am »
Well for me personally I don't really like it here all that much. I have been  here 5 years and I want to go back to the states. But my wife wants to stay here for a few more years so I'm doing that to support her wishes. I'm planning on opening up a study room in order to cut out unless money draining middle men ( recruiters and  school owners). If I was single and making 2.1 or 2.2 I would be out of here in a flash though.


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 02:16:54 am »
Yeah, we all know that +5 years feeling all too well.
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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 08:01:44 am »
With countries like the US shutting down borders and calling citizens home and Korean teaching jobs being cancelled or temporarily suspended, I'm surprised any E-2s are still in Korea other than people married to Koreans. You guys must be going completely nuts being confined to home for the last 2 months.
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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2020, 08:08:32 am »
I don't think they are, people prolly are still doing their fast-walk rounds around those Apt. parks and restaurants and stores are still open there, aren't they? That's why the numbers just don't add up afaic.
16-year-olds in coma over here, but only happy success stories over there?
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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2020, 04:43:12 pm »
Don't miss America one bit, and honestly, on the outside looking in I'm starting to despise it.  Humanity in the US is a putrid rotten stew.  I can understand why many people hate Americans.  The coronavirus handling has just made it even more embarrassing.


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2020, 04:56:40 pm »
More people around the world love America / Americans than hate it / them.

(The worst approval ratings come from Muslim majority countries in the Middle East who dislike America's secularism.)

The American dollar is the strongest currency.

The economy is the strongest in the world by far and will continue to remain so for the rest of our lives.

The United States is the world's sole super power.

Its pop culture is the most beloved. (Movies, TV, music, etc.)

Its inventions are the most beloved. (iPhones, Mac computers, etc.)

Its universities are the highest ranked. (It by far has the most universities in the top 10, top 100, top 1,000, etc.)

It is chosen as the #1 place people around the world want to immigrate to.

It's not a bad country.


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2020, 05:11:36 pm »
80% of South Koreans have a favorable view of the U.S. vs. 18% unfavorable.

(2% are undecided / no opinion.)


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2020, 07:55:16 pm »
80% of South Koreans have a favorable view of the U.S. vs. 18% unfavorable.

(2% are undecided / no opinion.)

That's all fine and dandy, if that's the way you measure happiness.  The happy planet index puts them in a different spot.  Costa Rica is leading the way in the more effective way to measure happiness (it's not wealth).

Not to mention I bet those percentages would be a lot different if they actually queried those who have lived or visited America.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2020, 07:56:52 pm by leaponover »


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2020, 08:09:14 pm »
Not too many Americans say, "I've gotta flee this hellhole," then move to another country. As a percentage of the population it's very small. Incidentally, American happiness and satisfaction levels exceed Koreans'. It's an unfair assumption you're making asserting America is a horrible country.


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2020, 08:18:35 pm »
The United States is a huge and varied country. It's not all bad.



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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2020, 08:33:18 pm »
Worlds Happiest Countries 2020 Announced

https://ftnnews.com/other-news/39079-world-s-happiest-countries-2020-announced

United States: #18 (which is not bad considering how many countries there are on earth).

South Korea: #61 (which is not bad considering how many countries there are on earth).


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2020, 08:39:36 pm »
#8 New Zealand
#11 Canada
#12 Australia
#13 United Kingdom
#16 Ireland
#18 United States
#109 South Africa


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2020, 10:33:17 pm »
#8 New Zealand
#11 Canada
#12 Australia
#13 United Kingdom
#16 Ireland
#18 United States
#109 South Africa
#144 India



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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2020, 10:49:30 pm »
More people around the world love America / Americans than hate it / them.

(The worst approval ratings come from Muslim majority countries in the Middle East who dislike America's secularism.)

The American dollar is the strongest currency.

The economy is the strongest in the world by far and will continue to remain so for the rest of our lives.

The United States is the world's sole super power.

Its pop culture is the most beloved. (Movies, TV, music, etc.)

Its inventions are the most beloved. (iPhones, Mac computers, etc.)

Its universities are the highest ranked. (It by far has the most universities in the top 10, top 100, top 1,000, etc.)

It is chosen as the #1 place people around the world want to immigrate to.

It's not a bad country.

 :laugh:

you're quite sure of all that are you?

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Date: 03.07.2017     Last updated: 04.07.2017 at 00.01
Category: World Service

Sharp drop in world views of US
Global poll for BBC World Service

Negative views of US influence in the world have increased in the majority of countries surveyed in the latest global country poll for the BBC World Service.
Compared to 2014, when the poll was last conducted, double-digit increases in negative views of the US, rising to majorities, are now found in several of its NATO allies, including the UK (up from 42 to 64%), Spain (44 to 67%), France (41 to 56%), and Turkey (36 to 64%). Negative opinion has also sharply risen in Latin American nations Mexico (up from 41 to 59%), and Peru (29 to 49%). In Russia, negative views of the US have also increased, from 55 to 64 per cent.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/globescan-poll-world-views-world-service

The global average: 34% have a positive view of the US  49% have a negative view.

Catch my drift?


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2020, 04:02:53 am »
"...across the 17 countries that were surveyed..."

Only 17? That's not many.

Trump's not well liked.

But America as a whole is. (It's a shame the electoral college allows popular vote losers to become president.)

Find a more recent and more extensive survey.


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2020, 04:23:54 am »
I went on google and clicked the first link I saw.

https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2018/10/01/americas-international-image-continues-to-suffer/

More recent with more countries surveyed.

Despite Trump's buffoonery, America gets more favorable than unfavorable reviews.


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2020, 04:37:57 am »
#144 India

India has a huge population. Almost as many as China. We're lucky we weren't born there. Crowded, polluted, impoverished, a gender imbalance - not enough females - due to the preference for sons. To have been born in / raised in the West means we won the ovarian lottery.


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2020, 05:19:29 am »
India has a huge population. Almost as many as China. We're lucky we weren't born there. Crowded, polluted, impoverished, a gender imbalance - not enough females - due to the preference for sons. To have been born in / raised in the West means we won the ovarian lottery.

India is an E2 country now so they are in the mix too


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Re: Americans in Korea (is it worth it?)
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2020, 07:36:19 am »
lol we get it you suck american d*ck