Monday, October 31, 2011

Updates to post with old-timey photographs

In the middle of trying to squeeze major, major work and school projects through the pipeline, but I did take a few moments to add photographs to this post from 2009 about foreigners in Korea "behaving badly" — a hundred years ago.

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9 comments:

  1. Funny how China always seems to get a free pass here in South Korea. Even when they are behaving really badly, they are able to make it sound like it's South Korea that's in the wrong.

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  2. I don't think the Korean-language media gives China a free pass. I think the English-language blogosphere jumps on (what are perceived to be) anti-Japanese items, but that represents a distortion of Korean-language media.

    Unless things have dramatically changed in the last 18 months, I would say that, because of a variety of different issues, from Chinese fishermen attacking South Korean maritime police to the Olympic riots in 2008 to Beijing's continued support for North Korea, anti-PRC sentiment remains at a steady low roar.

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  3. I would also say that the South Korean media tends to be harsher toward Japan, the US, and to a lesser extent Western Europe when they are perceived to have done "something wrong" because Japan and the US (and Canada, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) are supposed to be Westernized and civilized.

    With China, on the other hand, which is communist, belligerent, and a staunch supporter of Seoul's nemesis, things are expected to be backward, and so there is much less surprise and handwringing when that turns out to be true yet again.

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  4. John,

    The link you posted was from a Chinese website, so not great evidence for South Koreans giving them a "pass". If you read Korean media, you would know how they treat China news and see that it's not a "free pass" at all.

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  5. itissaid,

    "that it's not a "free pass" at all."

    I pointed out the Chinese website to show the "free pass" that was granted by South Korea.

    Are the illegal fishermen still in custody? Did they have to pay for breaking the law? Or, did South Korea bow down to pressures from China? You tell me, or am I somehow missing all the candlelight protests?

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  6. I pointed out the Chinese website to show the "free pass" that was granted by South Korea.

    Are the illegal fishermen still in custody? Did they have to pay for breaking the law? Or, did South Korea bow down to pressures from China? You tell me, or am I somehow missing all the candlelight protests?


    That's not what you said. You CLEARLY referenced the South Korean media here:

    Funny how China always seems to get a free pass here in South Korea. Even when they are behaving really badly, they are able to make it sound like it's South Korea that's in the wrong.

    I don't mind genuine mistakes, but you make it a habit to throw ignorant remarks out of your own petty desire to "throw a molotov cocktail" and you ALWAYS bomb. I seriously don't understand what you get out of it. It's not anyone's job to correct your ignorance or lack of research and the fact that you feel the desire to throw molotov cocktails in the first place shows that you really aren't interested in those things anyways.

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  7. Yes, it seems that my mistake was in referencing a Chinese website, for mostly, the sake of HD (high definition) quality clarity.

    But were, or were they not, given a "free pass" once again?

    Anyway, I got the answers I was seeking from a friend in the know. He basically said, "those living in glass houses won't be throwing bricks themselves."


    Yes, I know that one comes via Japan. Well, here's another from New Zealand about South Koreans illegally fishing off of Somalia of all places.

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  8. John,

    Yes, it seems that my mistake was in referencing a Chinese website, for mostly, the sake of HD (high definition) quality clarity.

    Or just being disingenuous.

    But were, or were they not, given a "free pass" once again?

    And stubborn, obnoxious.

    Anyway, I got the answers I was seeking from a friend in the know. He basically said, "those living in glass houses won't be throwing bricks themselves."


    Yes, I know that one comes via Japan. Well, here's another from New Zealand about South Koreans illegally fishing off of Somalia of all places.


    Yes, you must be a hit with the ladies. "Do you want to pull my finger?" I guess I shouldn't indulge you as you seem to get off on this like many trolling expats. Blogs are your place for self-satisfaction and I am sorry to be a witness to that.

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  9. John in Taejŏn, you have a tendency to sometimes leave somewhat cryptic comments whose intent is not exactly clear. On this, my old-timey picture post, you suddenly started talking about China and free passes. I guessed at what you were referring to and what you meant, but now I'm a bit confused now. You wrote:

    Funny how China always seems to get a free pass here in South Korea. Even when they are behaving really badly, they are able to make it sound like it's South Korea that's in the wrong.

    ... but I guess I now have to ask WHO in South Korea is giving WHOM in China a free pass (and WHAT kind) and HOW are they doing it?

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