The Evils of ESL Life

In a well-publicized scandal earlier this year a foreign ESL teacher in Korea was accused in the media — by his ex-girlfriend — of sleeping with her while knowing he might have HIV. It was basically a bad break-up gone public for no reason whatsoever, but did give the Sports Chosun a chance to wonder whether it’s white or black people who pose the greatest danger.

The impact of the revelation that white foreign teachers engaged in excessively abnormal acts is spreading.

Some white teachers use the fact that Korean women study English hard and that they are preferred to black teachers, and then engage in commit sexual assaults and similar crimes.

ESL Life

Korean woman Kim (34), at a friend’s birthday party recently, met Australian native speaker instructor “A” (30) and entered into a relationship with him. But she became disgusted with A’s obsessions and deformed appearance and soon broke up with him.

The vindictive A knew that he might be infected with AIDS and forced Kim to have sex with him. On January 7 he sent her an e-mail saying, “last year in the Philippines I got drunk and had sex with two teen girls without a condom. After that I came to Korea and had sex with you without a condom. I can’t tell you how afraid I am. I think this is not good. I never even got tested for AIDS. When I think about you I know that we fought but I was happy. You were my best love, I really feel guilty. I’m not making this up, every part is true. I heard I can get a cheap AIDS test in Bangkok so that’s lucky.”

KITA, an association for recruiters of English teaches, put A on the blacklist on it homepage, warning, “he often puts his hand on the students’ bodies. It does not rise to the level of sexual harassment but it is absolutely inappropriate. Students and parents said they were suspicious of him.” But it has been revealed that A is still working in Seoul at a hagwon.

Also in Masan American teacher “B” (40), who has been teaching in an elementary school for one year, is suspected of harassing Korean women while pretending to be unmarried despite being married with four children. The victimized women, fearful of retaliation, refused to be interviewed but said of B, “he was always mixed up with women and alcohol and was a terrible role model for elementary-age kids.”

At the American high school “P” where B worked in 2005, he was discovered to have molested a 17-year old female student. That student, “K”, testified that, “at a school rally one girl student hit him in the face with a pie, and B immediately grabbed her waist and started rubbing his face between her breasts. And right after that he was fired.”

Another teacher, “T” (43), who lives in Andong, enraged netizens by writing in his profile on a forum site that his “favorite things” are “seeing sweat glistening on a women’s breasts, waist, and down the crack of her ass.” Teacher T also wrote that he likes to have sex in his free time.

Ms. Hong (28), who works as an English lecturer in Busan, said, “90% of the native speakers are white. That’s the result of the racial discrimination of Korean people and the greedy desire of the hagwon to improve its image. The white teachers pretty much all think it’s easy to get close to Korean women who want to learn English and then have sex with them.”

Citizens angry by the nakedly sexual talk and actions of those kinds of white foreign teachers are voluntarily trying to improve things. The 14,419-member strong Anti-English Spectrum (cafe.naver.com/englishpectrum.cafe) is actively organizing a “citizen’s movement to toss out illegal English teachers”, requesting police and prosecution action. Site manager Lee (ID 엠투) said, “this year, too, we are focused on the issue of low-quality, lecherous, unqualified foreign teachers.”

Not Your Daddy’s Strip Club

This summer the Sports Chosun reported on the apparently growing popularity of businesses which combine strip shows, peep rooms, and prostitution. The picture below shows the location of a now-shuttered strip room in Gangnam. Apparently Superman made an appearance nearby.

In Gangnam the popularity of “strip rooms” is spreading, along with concern over their secret diffusion.

“Strip rooms” combine European-style “peep shows” with masturbation rooms, creating a new species of degenerate business — and prosperity is coming to them.

Not Your Daddy’s Strip Club

Recently two such locations exposed in Gangnam had been starting to expand into Cheongju and other area, evoking worry.

In a strip room, female dancers are exposed naked in a hall and dancing lewdly, and customers go into individual rooms to perform sex acts with women similar to doumi.

Operating in enclosed spaces, strip rooms don’t violate the law against lewd performances, and new regulations are needed.

The iron hammer of the police is coming down on the prosperous strip rooms of Gangnam.

On the 20th the Seocho police department confirmed that recently, in Seocho-dong and Banpo-dong, two strip rooms were shut down and the owners arrested.

Those businesses will likely be closed and five Thai strip dancers deported.

According to the police there had been rumors that the two businesses had been running popular strip rooms from the first month they opened their doors.

The one in Banpo-dong had been on ordinary shopping street with a clothing store and clinic, and put up just a sign that cleverly avoided exposure to the police.

The business, which had prepared a 3-pyeong stage, had four female dancers performing strip shows in shifts wearing only small masks. Customers watched the strip show from within 12 rooms around the stage, hidden by one-way glass.

The female dancers danced lasciviously on top of chairs, exposing their bare genitals.

Men watched from inside a 1-pyeong room, spending 30 minutes to an hour in sex acts with a female helper, the police said.

The strip room was punished for ‘abetting prostitution and breaching the law related to such acts’. That is, the law concerns not the strip shows themselves but only lewd acts.

Currently they are being punished for performing lewd acts while being watched by an audience, not for the majority of acts which took place in small rooms.

In Seocho the teen girls’ association announced, “a strip show in a closed, not open, place is not a violation of laws against public lewd acts, and without related laws control of them is difficult. After a surprise raid arrest warrants were taken out for aiding in acts similar to sex.”

The police said, “the strip room charged a 40,000 won per person admission fee, and to be involved in sex acts cost an extra 30,000. The owner had two locations where he pulled in 8.5 million won every 10 days.”

In the Bukdae-dong and Gagyeong-dong areas of Cheongju a different kind of strip room is gradually spreading, and concern over them is following. Legal judgment of them in regard to sex acts is currently mixed, as there is no law which can punish a person just for operating a strip room.

Due to extensive enforcement against red light districts, they are superficially selling sex but as they become gradually more secretive they are infiltrating residential areas these kinds of perverted businesses, cleverly exploiting gaps in the law. Authorities are demanding countermeasures.

A source with the Seocho police said, “as these morally degraded business are in the first stages of spreading we cannot catch them directly, so it’s important to stamp them out early. It’s vital that citizens quickly give us tips.

Another Vital Expose of Korean Prostitution

A writer for the Sports Seoul recently wrote an overview of prostitution in South Korea today, touching on a couple of unusual businesses which have gained in popularity since the police began running redlight districts out of business four years ago.

Another Vital Expose of Korean Prostitution

City downtowns are fatigued from an overflowing number of immoral businesses. At night these businesses shoot up like mushrooms in the rain, openly advertising themselves in bright neon, mocking the police. It is public knowledge that these show bars, ddeok bars, fetish clubs, doll rooms and more engage in prostitution or similar acts. Even after the passage of the Special Law on Prostitution they only grew in scope and continued to buy and sell sex. And it doesn’t only happen at these immoral places in the hearts of cities. Internet sites allow people to arrange trysts with so-called vicarious lovers and prostitution also occurs through internet chatting. This kind of prostitution is difficult for police to uncover, so sex continues to be bought and sold across the cyber world. On a summer night I went into one of these city-dirtying businesses.

In a hot summer in the city the nights are even hotter than the days, because these businesses compete hotely to draw in customers out looking for vice.

The one thing they all have is “rooms”. Sometime in the past they all started putting the word “bang” at the end of their names.

One which is said to exist only in our country is the daeddalbang. These are designed to avoid the reach of the Special Law on Prostitution. There are two kinds. The first one has female students perform sex acts and the other has customers perform them themselves.

These rooms begin to grow up more than four years ago when police enforcement was weaker, and frequently advertise themselves on shady flyers as sports massage centers or men’s relaxation rooms.

There is controversy over their legality. On November 29, 2005, the Suwon Supreme Court ruled them to be legal. The law against prostitution, the Court said, defines prostitution as “sexual or similar acts performed for profit with unspecified people,” but the point of dispute is just what a sexual act is. By the court’s definition of “using the body, including the mouth or anus, or an instrument,” they would appear to be engaged in prostitution, but in the next breath the court declared them legal, saying, “in daeddalbangs the server does not engage in sex acts or in oral or anal sex… an important point is that the person leading the activities is not the customer but the server… and also that there is no chance that in the course of those activities there is any danger that sexual relations will occur.”

But more recently courts have begun treating them as criminal acts, making it impossible for them to act with impunity.

Also recently stepping into the spotlight are “show rooms” (쇼방). Also known as show bars, here the women dance on a stage while wearing numbers, and men drinking at the bar or at tables select them by number, after which they move to a bedroom together and have sex. It’s also becoming popular to call them “ddeok bars”.

In June a party at a show bar in Gangnam was discovered to have over 500 people on the guest list — lawyers, businessmen and other professionals.

Doll rooms” are still as strong as ever. At a doll room men enter a room with a life-size doll and have sex with it. Doll rooms have their origins in Japan, where they put up signs saying “Sex Doll Love Hotel” and allow men to have sex with realistic dolls rather than prostitutes, and can choose the face, body type, and hair color they prefer. A number of men seek them out for their low price compared with live women and the impossibility of running afoul of the law.

There is another kind of “room” responsible for such businesses in city downtowns — the 보도방, which links the businesses to the women. They take introduction fees from the businesses and service fees from the prostitutes, acting as middlemen.

In the old days 보도방s would run women to room salons and 단란주점s, but these days they aim at prostitution. Because of this they send women to barbershops, of course, and phone rooms, 화상방s, outcall massages, and to be doumi (”helper”) girls in noraebangs.

Most of them women who do this are in their twenties or thirties. There is a not-inconsiderable number of housewives, office workers, and students. Most of them have gone into this kind of work to support their cost of living after getting into financial difficulty or credit card debt in part-time jobs, and got involved in prostitution through 보도방s. 보도방s would certainly not exist were it not for the prostitution markets in every city.

These days they are even getting demand for male doumis. On August 13th tens of men including college students were arrested for working as doumis in disreputable businesses.

The women and teens division of the Daegu Metropolitan Police agency (대구지방경찰청) arrested a 24-year old Mr. Kim for hiring male servers and bringing them into prostitution. A 22-year old Mr. Park was among six men arrested for acting as doumis, and 42-year old Mr. Jang was among eight noraebang owners arrested.

According to police the 보도방 owner Mr. Kim hired the men, some of whom were college students, paying them 30,000 won per hour to drink with and entertain his customers. And if chosen for sex by those customers they were to be paid 200,000 won per instance.

At businesses like that it is easy to hire women and a snap for women to get such jobs, and if you have to choose one business to represent night culture it would be them.

Immoral businesses are not found only in downtowns. There are many women who look for men who want to choose them without going anywhere.

They mainly seek out men looking to by sex through the internet. One route is the “love by proxy” website (애인대행사이트). It’s fairly well-known that these sites allow people to hold an imaginary relationship, for pay, for several hours or several days and that prostitution follows. An increasing number of women want to make money from these sites, saturating the market.

They frequently meet with the men with promises of prostitution. Called “conditional meetings” (조건만남), they typically occur through internet chatting. Before they meet the men find the women whose looks and prices match their desires.

It’s becoming popular for these to be not one-time meetings but rather to include agreements of long-term sexual relationships and to be the woman’s sponsor through payments of considerable sums. These relationships are typically between female college students and affluent middle-aged men. If you go to areas of Gangnam with officetels you can hear rumors that these young women live in apartments rented by the middle-aged men and sometimes engage in secret trysts.

There are also sponsor cafes that take fees for connecting men with female college students. One worker at such a cafe said, “there are a lot female college students who want to buy brand-name goods and look for a sponsor but don’t want a long-term relationship, so they become ‘travelling doumis’ who accompany men on overseas business trips.”

Even if it’s not Louis Vitton bags they’re after, there still are plenty of college students doing it for their tuition and other school fees. According to research by the part-time jobs site “Arbei Heaven” (알바천국), half of all college students, facing high costs, have thought about doing illegal work. There are many kinds of “kiss arbei” from brothels to love by proxy.

29% said the biggest reason for falling into this line of work was tuition fees. 25% wanted more spending money. 24% said they wanted to make money quickly, and 23% said they had an urgent need for money.

For these various reasons are cities tainted with vice. For these reasons immoral business spring up like poisonous toadstools, with the Special Law on Prostitution effective only here and there.

One can’t avoid the criticism that the Special Law on Prostitution, enacted to stop prostitution and shield its victims, aiding them in achieving independence, is not enough to stop the culture that supports these businesses which can wriggle out from under the police.

And because of this these businesses even move into homes and apartments.

Today city streets are filled with immoral places. This is a time when more effective policies are needed.

Child Rapist’s Appeal Denied by Supreme Court

This being the first article I read about about the case, I thought, oh, while the sentence is obviously inadequate, at least it’s nice to see a court not swayed by the “I was drunk and under financial distress” argument. Then I read the second article below, and wept.

A criminal who sexually assaulted a child and inflicted a life-long disability on her has had his 12-year sentence confirmed.

The Supreme Court confirmed the trial court’s sentence for 57-year old Mr. Jo, arrested for aggravated rape.

In its opinion the Court deplored the defendant’s rape of an eight-year old child and emphasized the serious physical harm done to the victim.

Mr. Jo pulled the eight-year girl, A, into the bathroom of a church while she was walking to school last December in Ansan and raped her, inflicting serious wounds on her genitals and wounds which will take a lifetime to heal.

The trial and appeals courts sentenced Mr. Jo to 12 years in prison and 7 years of ankle bracelet monitoring after release, a sentence Mr. Jo appealed as being too severe.

See Brian’s blog for more articles. The following is a more detailed report on the crime (link includes blurry but explicit pictures).

On the 22nd KBS-1 news introduced the Na-yeong case (나영이 사건) against the background of the first full year of monitoring bracelets being used on sex offenders, drawing attention from netizens on the damage caused by sexual assault.

The victim in the case, 9-year old Na-yeong, was accosted at the end of last year by a 57-year old man who pulled her into a bathroom and brutally sexually assaulted her. At the time Na-yeong resisted, but the man hit her face several times and pushed her into a toilet, brutally assaulting her and committing an unthinkable sexual crime.

Because her injuries had caused her anus to be destroyed and her sphincter to burst, doctors decided Na-yeong needed an ileostomy. Doctors explained that because her anus, colon, and genitals were 80% destroyed the wounds cannot heal even during her entire lifetime.

Though it was a horrific crime, the court emphasized the man’s “feeble mental state” as a result of his highly drunken state and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. Na-yeong’s father said, “my heart is in pain. This 12-year sentence is not appropriate to this crime. If it cannot be the death penalty, he must get life in prison.”

Viewers poured forth criticism of a man who could inflict such a terrible crime on a young child and raged at the judge for the brevity of the 12-year sentence.

Netizens also wrote, “he committed a crime against humanity and didn’t express remorse, the appeals court has to give him the death penalty,” and “even if you are drunk, a crime is a crime.”

Netizen investigators wrote on discussion forums that the 57-year old criminal had similar prior convictions and wondered about what he said to Na-yeong during the crime, with others speculating about his occupation.

Currently receiving psychiatric care, Na-yeong sustained grievous internal injury because of the criminal. Na-yeong sent out an opinion saying, “he should live 60 years in prison. 10 years for kidnapping, 20 years for assault, 10 years for abandonment, and 20 years for robbing us and making me need medical equipment to live.”

Revealing the depth of the shock she experienced because of the incident, she wrote further that dirt should be put in his food and in prison he should have to live together with cockroaches.

All I can say is, when in holy hell are Korean judges going to stop making excuses for the depraved defendants who come into their courtrooms? Yeah, you raped and tortured a kid, but you’d had a few bottles of soju. Yeah, you raped and abused your granddaughter for years and years, but hey, who else is going to take care of her? Yeah, you murdered your entire family, but really, your wife was unpleasant and you were in debt.

All of this judicial excuse-making gives the impression that judges think it’s understandable to commit crimes like these. Shame on them.

Korea Sees First-Ever Prosecution for Racist Remarks

You may have heard of the case of a Mr. Hussein, who during the summer pursued a criminal case for slander against a Korean man who called him various racial slurs on a bus. This week that man became the first Korean to be indicted for using racist language. I’m a little uncertain how to translate the charge — can any reader explain what 모욕죄 is and how it differs from 명예휘손?

[Anchor]

Racist RemarksFor the first time, a man has been indicted for saying racially discriminatory things to a foreigner.

The case has became a marker for the continued existence of racial discrimination against those on the margins of our already multi-racial society.

Kim Seon-jung reports.

[Reporter]

This is Bonojit Hussein, an Indian who has been a research professor for two years a domestic university.

In July he was on a bus when a Korean began insulting him for no reason.

[Interview:Bonojit Hussein, Sungkonghoe University research professor]
“He called me dirty, smelly, an Arab, and even insulted my friend by calling her a whore.”

The insults and verbal continued for over 10 minutes, and in the end he went to the police with the help of his Korean friend.

But the attitude of the police was shocking as they refused to believe he was a professor.

[Interview:Bonojit Hussein, Sungkonghoe University research professor]
“The police officer spoke very kindly to the Koreans but spoke to me in banmal.”

Finally, Mr. Hussein filed a petition with the Human Rights Commission (국가인권위원회) after the police made clear they had no desire to punish.

Prosecutors have indicted the man, who is in his 30s, with criminal insult (모욕죄) on the theory that racist language can constitute such.

[Interview:Hwang Pil-gyu, lawyer]
“I believe that there must be investigations of both the laws which said this was not discrimination and other laws which are themselves discriminatory and foment prejudice.”

This was not Mr. Hussein’s first experience of racial discrimination.

He expressed his sincere hope that this incident be a way for Koreans to change their perspective.

Here’s a more detailed report.

India-born professor Hussein, who with the arrest by Bucheon prosecutors of 31-year old Mr. Park on charges of making racially discriminatory remarks became responsible for the country’s first-ever such arrest, has expressed frustration with the handling of the incident.

After the arrest became public, Prof. Hussein said, “during the police investigation we were encouraged to reach a settlement, and Mr. Park then started to verbally assault me again while the police simply watched. If I had been a white person this would have never happened.” He added, “this is not about punishing Mr. Park. Koreans should use this case as a way to think about the racial double standard that exists between whites and non-whites.”

On the afternoon of July 10th Prof. Hussein was speaking with a Korean friend named Han while on bus number 52 to Guro Station. Suddenly from behind him he heard someone say “hey you, you filthy dog-XX” and when Prof. Hussein turned around he was faced with a man wearing a suit who said, “where are you from? you stinking XX.” Thinking he was drunk Prof. Hussein ignored him, but the man continued by saying in English, “where are you from?” and repeating, “you Arab, you Arab.”

Ms. Han, the Korean friend next to him, asked, “why are you doing this?” to which the man responded, “what are you? You’re like a Chosun X, aren’t you?” Prof. Hussein asked him in English, “what’s the matter?” and the man reacted with “you Arab”, held up his hands and began insults in English. Ms. Han stood up from her seat, turned up her collar and suggested going to the police, after which the man continued insulting her and they got off near the Bucheon Jungbu Police Station and a woman in her 40s offered to be a witness at the police station.

Prof. Hussein, “similar things have happened to me in the past but I was always able to stand it. One time I was asleep and wound up at the bus terminal, where the bus driver kicked me awake.” A member of Konggam, the public interest lawyer’s association, said, “this incident shows that racism continues to be given tacit acceptance.”

Prof. Hussein graduated from Delhi University in India with a degree in modern history and enrolled in a master’s degree program at Sungkonghoe University in 2007, where he was hired as a research professor the next year at the same time he graduated. Because Korean law does not recognize racial discrimination as a crime, he pursued this case as one of personal insult, and filed a petition for reforms with the National Human Rights Commission.

This piece basically goes over the same ground but has somewhat more legal explanation.

Chosun Weekly Checks Out Lesbian Clubs in Hongdae

One writer for the weekly magazine spent a night in the less well-known side of Hongdae.

Unlike gays, lesbians have not been publicly visible. Gays are known to gather mainly in Jongro3-ga and Itaewon, while the lesbian community has no famous spot. But upon hearing that near Hongdae Station there were four or five “lesbian-only clubs”, I went straight there to see for myself.

Chosun Weekly Checks Out Lesbian Clubs in Hongdae

00:00 Over 100 Women… No Reservation, No Seat

Situated between some normal residences in Hongdae, P Hall draws the eye with its conspicuous pink sign. After you take the stairs down to the second floor and let the women employees check your ID card, a strip of pink paper is attached to your wrist. You’re in P Hall.

The cover fee for P Hall is W10,000. Usually you can get a reservation after 9 pm, and those who don’t stand around since there are no open seats. Those with reservations sit on three-person white fur sofas in the seven or eight “VIP Rooms”.

It’s past midnight but the 500㎡(150평) club was packed with about 100 women. In the middle of the club there was a dance stage, and on one side of the floor there were several mattresses scattered around as a white “bed”. On the bed six or seven women were lying down and flirting.

Everywhere there were people on the lookout for men. “So men are not allowed in?” I asked the permed owner, a woman in her mid-20s. “Of course not,” she replied. She was a “woman” in short hair and skinny jeans. Her shirt was one size too large, and there was no volume to her chest as if it had been compressed with bandages.

She said, “lesbians with short hair who take the man’s role are called ‘butch’.” Lesbians who taken woman’s role are called ‘femme’.

01:00 “Love at First Sight” Asked to Sit Together

One woman ordered a cola at the bar next to the stage and walked over. 160cm tall and wearing black horn-rimmed glasses, she was young with short hair. She introduced herself as 20-year old Kim, studying physical education at women’s university H. I gave her my phone number and went over to sit with four or five of her friends. Immediately I received a text message. She sent me five or six messages saying, “it’s love at first sight,” “do you have a lover?”, and “how do you feel about younger women?”

As soon as I went over to her seat her friends allowed me in. “Who are your friends here?” I asked. She laughed and said, “they’re all friends I met at lesbian internet clubs, but they all have girlfriends. Wouldn’t it be sad to live without a lover?”

02:00 Loud Music Draws Them In… Some Couples Head to Motels

As the singer launched into “Saturday Night” the women cheered. My eye was drawn to the couples dancing lasciviously. Like in any other club in Hongdae, one woman sat on another’s lap and whispered into her ear, another ran her hands over her partner’s whole body, and another held a beer bottle in one hand and ghad her other around her partner’s waist.

Cigarette smoke hung in the hair and I left the club. One couple next to me talked. “Well… wanna go?” “Yeah, let me get some cash. That motel doesn’t take credit cards.” They left the club and disappeared up the street.

Other couples leaned against the entrance, drunken and getting physical. One couple, who had been dancing furiously on stage 10 minutes before, was composed of a black woman and a Korean woman. They had their hands around each other’s waists and left after whispering passionately.

I asked Kim about one-night stands. She said, “just a minute ago some of my friends went to a motel together. It’s dirty, like having sex with a man.”

After leaving Kim I went back into the club. Another woman had arrived. 167cm tall and dressed casually, she was a prototypical beauty with crescent-moon eyes and rosy cheeks. She was a 24-year old nursing student named Goh who took me by the hand to the bathroom. Two of her friends came in. They all said, “you’re the prettiest one here!” “Notice that a minute ago everybody was only checking you out?”

03:00 “Do Your Parents Know? Mine Would Faint!”

Goh’s friends moved to their seats and had a drink before leaving. I went with them to M Bar, a lesbian-only bar. Located in a basement level, M Bar has a bar and 12 tables in a space that can accommodate 500. Though very late, it was still half full.

Goh, who wsaid she has an older sister and younger brother, said, “just my sister is straight, and me and my brother are gay.” I asked if her parents know she is a lesbian. She laughed and said, “if my mother knew she would faint. I just told them my sexual orientation by saying I’m not interested in marriage.”

Goh said, “the problem of life is living with someone you can be happy with, and being gay has nothing to do with it. Straight or gay, everyone goes through pain over it, so I don’t really think about it.”

04:00 Almost All Employees Are Women… In Daytime You Can Bring Gay Friends

I arrived at S Club, another lesbian-only club in Hongdae. Located in the first basement floor, on the last Saturday of each month patrons can bring their “gay” friends, and it is well known for this special night. I paid the W10,000 cover fee and went in, and the manager, a handsome woman in her 30s, greeted me with a smile.

I sat at the bar near a part-time worker, a woman with a white face and dyed-blonde permed hair. She said she was 20-year old Kim, and had been working there since February. She said, “I started working here after I saw an ad on a lesbian community internet site.”

She said she was actually bisexual. She first began wondering about her sexual orientation in high school. “When I was a second-year student in high school I met one of my younger girl classmates, and I asked her out and we dated for a year. But our homeroom teacher found out and threatened to tell our parents if we didn’t stop hanging together. My girlfriend was very upset and said we should break up.” After she graduated she dated a man. Now she has no partner.

05:20 Lesbian Employees Come and Go “Keep In Touch…”

It was 5 am and patrons were starting to leave the club. One customer in hr 20s asked an employee for her phone number, and the employee flirted, “come again and I’ll treat you nice.”

One employee with unusually large eyes and a vivacious personality left with this reporter. She asked for my phone number, saying “you don’t have to tell me your name or anything… I just like you. Come again and see me.”

Reporter: “Expel the Foreign Jackasses”

A writer for OSNews, disturbed by a few recent cases of foreigners, and then Koreans, running onto baseball fields during games, set pen to paper and denounced the foreigners. He blames them for inciting the Koreans to imitate them and implies that they are quasi-racists who would not have committed their crimes if they didn’t “look down on Korea”. You can see some photos of them over at the East Wind-up Chronicle.

Update: The EWC posted about a Korean fan who got himself punched in the head for running on the field.

I want to ask them. I want to know if they can do that in America, too. America’s a democracy, so they have pretty strong rights in public. They have the unwritten rule, “don’t antagonize the police”. With the high possibility of a heavy punishment, ordinary US citizens avoid committing any breaches of public order in baseball stadiums and other public places. They know that a severe punishment from the police would follow.

Expel the Foreign Jackasses

In major league baseball stadiums the ones showing off their power are the security guards and police. They protect the safety and public order of the stadium. Normally they are kind to the fans and ensure order, and if some problem arises in the stadium they go to it and direct the traffic. Spectators who cause trouble are taken from their seats and strictly punished.

Because of this there are few instances of spectators rushing onto major league grass. Though it sometimes happens, when it does the offender is strictly punished. First of all, a physical punishment cannot be ruled out, and second there can be a fine or jail time. Because of this few spectators in MLB parks trespass on the field or create disturbances in their seats.

But recently in Korean baseball stadiums, with foreign spectators increasing in number, there have been a rash of trespasses onto the field. Drunken young foreign spectators rush onto the field with the game in progress, proudly creating a spectacle. The security guards restrain them and escort them out, but there are no reports of them being legally punished.

There are various ill effects from the trespasses of these baseball fans, who seem to be mostly American. They could even lay the foundations for racial dispute. Baseball fans and authorities in many places think, “isn’t the problem that they look down on Korea?”

Also, there are linked actions to some of the Korean fans who were quiet during the trespasses of the foreign spectators. In the early days of professional baseball drunken fans often ran onto the field. But now that going to the ballgame is a family affair, foul behavior from spectators has largely disappeared. Even so, this year, with baseball fever running high, foreign spectators have begun to run onto the field and Korean fans are even supporting them.

On April 19th at the Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, during a game between Doosan and SK, one drunken foreign man ran onto the field, and was apprehended by a guard while making himself at home between the bases. During a game on the 10th at Daejeon Baseball Stadium, a foreign man was apprehended after running onto the field and sliding into home plate.

Starting with foreigners running onto the field, now Korean fans are doing it too. On the 11th, with the second-highest crowds in the history of the KBO packed into stadiums in Jamsil (Doosan–Lotte) and Daegu (Hanwha–LG), spectators ran onto the field at the same time. Then on April 29th, at Sajik Stadium, in a game between Lotte and LG, two dead-drunk fans jumped over the outfield fence and onto the field. One of them hurt his leg and was carried off on a stretcher.

There must be strong policies put in place against foreign spectators who run onto the field, agitating not only Korean spectators but also families who’ve gone to watch the game. Active, fair, strong policies are needed such as creating a blacklist that would bar them from entry to baseball stadiums. There is no way that these one-time happenings should ruin things for the athletes and the children — the future fans of baseball.

In recent years many more foreign fans have been coming out to baseball stadiums across the country on the weekend. Not a few of them have been the kind of person to get drunk and run onto the field and act like idiots, shouting at the top of their lungs. With strong punishments in place the baseball park can be a safe and fun place for families on the weekend.

The Korean Baseball Organization, its 8 member teams and the police should quickly put policies in place.

The Chosun Ilbo has a gallery of the home-base slider here, and you can watch the relevant clip from the original broadcast on Daum TV Pot. (If that video doesn’t work for you, try this one or this one.) Sports World recently ran an editorial on the same topic, with similar conclusions, illustrated with one of the Korean offenders.

Students Protest American Beef

Many news reports recently have remarked on the fact that a large number of those protesting the re-introduction of American beef imports have been middle and high school students. One Joongang Ilbo reporter attended last night’s vigil.

Update: If you can read Korean there is also this article on the same subject, kids participating in the beef protests.

Further update: There is also this Korean-language article about student protestors, and the Marmot has a translation of what the scientist whose research is at the center of the protestors’ case really thinks of American beef.

A third candlelight vigil protesting the importation of American beef was carried off without incident. Extreme political slogans were reduced and so police estimate that 10,000 people attended the vigils held on the 2nd and 3rd.

8,500 attended the vigil at 8:15 pm on the 6th in front of the National Assembly building in Yeouido, calling for the impeachment of President Lee. Half of them were students in their middle and high school uniforms. Rally leader Kim Pyeong-gun climbed on to a 1-ton truck and asked, “we must stop mad cow. Let’s show the fear of our people through our silence.” The participants lit the candles in front of them. They sang along to Arirang from the speakers. But they did not carry pickets with political slogans.

American Beef

Most of the participants said they had learned of the vigil through internet message boards or cellphone text messages. 12-year old elementary student Yun, who came from Incheon with her friends, said, “I saw it on the internet and came without my parents knowing. I eat beef every other day in school but it’s like I didn’t know the media is saying there is a danger of mad cow disease.”

13-year old middle school student Go, who came to the vigil after finishing an exam at school, said, “on the fan site for Dongbangshingi I saw a message saying let’s gather in Yeouido. I’m here because of Dongbangshingi.”

Many came because of what they read on the internet. 21-year old Myongji University student Kim Seon-ah said, “I received a message that said let’s stop mad cow disease, there is a candlelight vigil. So I came.”

Students’ distrust of repeated government messages that the beef is safe remains high. 17-year old high school student Jo pointed out, “we don’t believe everything that gets written on the internet. But if there is a danger then stopping this from the beginning is the right thing to do.” Lee Jae-myeong, a 19-year old freshman at Gyeonggi University, retorted, “there is a lot of wrong information on the internet, like saying that mad cow disease can spread through the air, so I don’t understand, but the government hasn’t released any detailed information so I don’t think a hasty agreement is ok.”

At 7 pm that night the candlelight was held at the Cheonggyecheon, organized by “Crazy Cow Dot Net” (미친소닷넷). Over 3,000 people participated. Like the vigil on the 3rd, police estimate that up to half of them were students — the “school uniform army”.

Seats not occupied by students were filled with members of 10 organizations formed to protest the importation of American beef.

Through a bullhorn the chairman said, “at the Office of Education hundreds of teachers should come and the students should go home. But the teachers don’t come. That’s the obligation of a teacher.”

On the platform citizens and students went up and raised their voices. 42-year old Kim Hae-suk, who went up with her daughter, a second-year middle school student, said, “when they were out of power these politicians were saying that American beef was dangerous, and now suddenly they’re changing their story and saying it’s safe. I don’t trust the politicians and bureacrats.”

Compared to the vigil held on the 3rd there were remarkably fewer signs and banners. “Students are crushed under the university entrance exams but came anyway,” said 20-year old Heo Geu-ru, who carried signs that said “we are not studying machines”. At around 9:30 the vigil was winding down and participants cleaned up their trash. There were no scuffles between participants and police.

Chosun Ilbo Printing Rumor as Fact

Rumor? Fact? What’s the difference, we have newspapers to sell.

Hat tip to Brian, who has an excellent overview of journalistic malfeasance regarding foreign teachers in Korea, and Popular Gusts.

With ceaseless sex crimes committed by native speaker instructors working in foreign language hagwons, two more were recently arrested for sexual molestation.

The “Anti-English Spectrum Cafe” (불법 외국어 강사 퇴출을 위한 국민운동) announced on the 30th that an American and a Canadian currently teaching children at a famous language hagwon in Seoul engaged in lewd acts towards female elementary students at the hagwon.

According to the internet organization, the native speaker instructors in question repeatedly committed lewd acts towards the students, of course, and also touched their genitals to the buttocks of female Korean co-workers, also instructors, both in the teacher’s room and while at company dinners.

Chosun Ilbo Printing Rumor

The native speaker instructors denied the accusations of parents and the female instructor by saying, “this is a simple misunderstanding of skinship due to cultural differences,” and the hagwon, concerned about damage to its image, staying uninvolved and not reporting the matter to police.

The instructors moved to another hagwon when the accusations grew fiercer, but currently are being paid and treated even better than at the previous hagwon, Anti-English Spectrum Cafe announced. The Korean female instructors who were the victims of their molestation had to leave the hagwon due to continuing nasty rumors.

Similarly, the native speaker instructors have not ceased to engage in sex crimes such as molestation and rape, and with no way at present for them to stopped or punished their crimes will continue to increase.

The biggest problem is that the victimized women prefer to keep the crime a secret, not reported to police, because of the prevalent view that “that’s what happens when you hang around with foreigners.” Thus once the affair dies down, their victimizers are able to move on to another hagwon and commit the same crimes free of a criminal record.

39-year old Lee Eun-ung, operator of the Anti-English Spectrum Cafe, said, “foreign instructors of low character frequently toss women away without compunction after attaining their goal of meeting them for money and sexual relations, so many of the women have their lives ruined by abortion or, of course, sexually transmitted diseases.”

Mr. Lee has created on the website a discussion forum for women to share stories of being victimized by foreign instructors, and such tales have been pouring in without end. The victimized women all tell dark stories of suffering sex crimes at the hands of foreign instructors.

Recently, 33-year old Tanzanian Mr. S,  who taught students at a hagwon in Seoul, caused a great shock in Daejeon by entering in to a sexual relationship in 2007 with an underage female student (just 18 years old at the time) at an English hagwon. The crime was revealed when the student went on the internet after they had had sex to discover if she was pregnant or not.

Mr. S introduced himself to the female student as “the son of the Tanzanian prime minister,” asking her to keep secrets and telling her many lies and tricks. In the end the illicit relationship became known to the the hagwon and to the girl’s parents, Mr. S left for Seoul, and the family came near to ruin.

In December of last year a native speaker instructor attending a foreign language program run by a local government in Seoul was caught placing his hand into the underwear of a girl in the first grade of elementary school and was sued by the family of the victimized girl. The case is currently underway.