Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For the benefit of my father

About a week ago I twittered something like this:

I have decided that there is a fine line between sex tourist and English teacher in Korea. If there is a line.

I guess he didn't quite know how to take it. Yes, it is an overstatement. But it is the sad truth that the (male) expats in Korea can be divided into three categories:

1. Sleazy misogynistic pussyhounds. (Sorry for the tart language.)
2. Creepy pseoudo- or actual pedophiles.
3. Normal people, some of whom are cool.

No matter how you slice it, a lot of interesting people end up in Korea. But that has its good and bad points, obviously.

I like to say that the expat population is basically equally divided between the three groups. It's not fair to say it; but on the other hand, I don't have a high opinion of a large amount of the expats here. A lot of the Korean men are creepy too--there's a thriving sex industry here. Partly I think it is just that a lot of guys are creeps no matter where you are, but the white guys think they can get away with a lot more in Korea. And I guess they do.

1 comment:

thugola said...

SIGH. I mean, if you are restless enough to leave whatever life you had in your first world Western country to come here...

1. You want to experience exotica/erotica via Korean girls with high heels
2. You need to pay off school loans (before the world economy took a plunge)
3. You like anime (sp?!) and martial arts and maybe Buddhism
4. You can't find a real job at home because you majored in the humanities
5. You are trying to forget a horrifyingly dragged out end to a long-term relationship.

Or a combo...

Am I right? Am I right?

Except for us of course. We just want adventure and kimchi jigae from that jigae place.