Before we go any further, I feel that this is an incredibly appropriate soundtrack. Facebook won't embed any goddamn videos ever, so just read this on my blog at the link here. I'm also posting the NSFW version with all of the swear words because I'm ~edgy~ like that. If ever you listened to a song I've posted here, listen to this one. Never has a song been more apropos.
Korea is not a perfect place. I don't need to enumerate the many ways in which it is not perfect because that's not my point. My point is that when white "waygooks" (good Christ, how much do I hate that word, especially in anglicized form?) suddenly complain about racial and ethnic other-ness, about not being able to integrate, about being judged and presumed about based on their race, I have one and only one response: eat a dick.
Never mind the UNSPEAKABLE FUCKING HILARITY of someone from a pretty privileged class complaining about being treated differently because he's a minority, let's just talk about the big reason all of us teachers are here in the first place, the giant elephant in the room when it comes to our lives as teachers. Okay, yeah, we all love teaching kids or molding minds or kimchi or whatever, but the biggest, fattest reason of them all is
Of course there are people who are just so unfit to teach that no amount of money would make life worth it for them. And there are people who are glad to be doing the teaching no matter where they are or what they were being paid, because they're saints. There are people who came for the money but stay now because they have adapted well to the country, put down roots here and have (gasp!) integrated into society. But if you take a quick survey of foreign teachers here, you'd probably find that the vast majority are relatively fresh out of school and in need of a job and this was easier/more exotic/better-paying than back at home. At some point, it was indeed about the Benjamins. (Or the Shin Saim-dongs, rather.)
Because of this, we get paid better than the typical Korean does, too—and they're often on their own about the housing, plus the workload-to-payscale ratio from native speaker teachers to Korean teachers is (usually) ridiculous. Who among us has the typical Korean work schedule? Who among us has the typical Korean salary? What Korean enjoys the liberty of being able to quit a too-demanding, too-miserable job because their particular demographic is just SO UTTERLY IN DEMAND?
And yes, I get that sometimes people have bad days, or that sometimes they need to vent, and that no one is perfect. I have also been an entitled foreigner in Korea, more often than I'd care to remember or admit: I read back on earlier entries and cringe. It's necessary to recognize your entitlement, though, and to see how it affects your attitude towards Korea and Koreans. For people like, say, Roboseyo, The Grand Narrative, I'm No Picasso, and so on—the "big names" of the K-blog network, you know who you/they are—there is an especial burden/expectation of you to think twice before you post this kind of white whine. It reflects poorly on other foreigners and it reflects poorly on you, as well. (I mean, not to beat a dead horse, but mocking Koreans' crappy English accents? Really? Especially as an English teacher, that's poor form.)
Instead of closing with another dick joke, I'm just going to say: I hope you feel better, Chris. I hope writing and posting that was cathartic. I also hope that next time you're tempted to vent your frustrations, you either take a critical look at them and realize what kind of impression you're giving, or you find another, much less public (and much more anonymous) space to air them out. What you choose to do with your blog is your own business, of course—I'm a true 'murican at heart and no one but you should dictate what you say in your own space on the Internet—but I think we all expected a little bit better from you.