Extra! Korea

September 10, 2009

Student sexually harassing teacher caught on video

Filed under: crime, education, gender equality, rapid cultural change, technology, youth — extrakorea @ 12:04 am

This story was first broken by Korea Beat, but now we can read about the story in much more detail in the Korea Times. A high school student was caught on video sexually harassing his female teacher. It seems that the student, a sophomore (and yet already taller than his teacher) approached the teacher, putting his arm around her shoulders. After trying, unsuccessfully, to push him away, she walked away. He followed her, putting his arm around her.

After the video clip triggered criticism online, the school decided to slap a 10-day suspension on the student along with the person who taped it.

I wonder what why the student who taped the incident was also disciplined? Because he didn’t intervene? I’d say that posting this video was a form of intervention, since it is what let to the student being disciplined. And students should not be under any obligation to insert themselves into that situation, especially since the student was big and getting physical.
This is not the first time that there has been a major incident involving students getting physically abusive with their teachers. When the current generation grows up, I have my doubts as to whether I will want to remain here, teaching. If students are going to act like that, then I might as well be back in my own country. At least I’ll be close to my family, old friends, and in my own culture and language. Not to mention moving towards home ownership.


Thanks to Korea Beat commenter DynamicallySparkling, we can now see the video. Brian in Jeollanam-do and Korea Beat, respectively, made these comments:

I can guess Korean teachers might say this is symptomatic of kids being less disciplined in years past—maybe true, I don’t know—but this is testament is also to the chaos that is the classroom between periods. Not sure how it is at your public schools, but at mine it was a lawless 10 minutes where kids ran around, wrestled, fought, threw stuff out windows, raced with chairs, and sometimes destroyed the furniture and books in the room.

Exactly what I experienced as well. It was always a complete madhouse/zoo.

September 8, 2009

Jae-beom quits 2PM after some netizens demand that he commit suicide

Filed under: celebrities, technology — extrakorea @ 6:25 am

Jae-beom has officially quit 2PM. This comes after some netizens actually called on him to commit suicide over four-year-old MySpace comments. Un-freaking-believable. Some fans have started a petition to bring him back, but it remains unclear as to whether or not it will have any effect. Personally, I doubt it. Some people will not be satisfied unless they see blood.

September 7, 2009

Despite apology, fans refuse to forgive 2PM member for four-year-old comments about Korea

Filed under: celebrities, music, technology — extrakorea @ 9:37 am

The Korea Times and Herald have the story of fans who are enraged at a member of boy band 2PM, Jae-beom. Four years ago, when he was still a trainee at JYP Entertainment, waiting to debut, he wrote some negative comments about Korea on his MySpace page. (You can see screen captures of them here.) He apologized profusely, in a way that bordered on grovelling, but that’s not good enough for some fans. As a result, the promotional activities of 2PM have been put on hold for an unknown amount of time. However, Park Jin-young (JYP) has said that neither he, nor the other members of 2PM, want to kick him out of the group.
Personally, I can understand how he could have felt culture-shocked and upset. He was, at that time, an 18-year-old kid, in Korea for the first time and all alone, since his family was still in America, where he was born and had grown up. While his comments from four years ago are definitely childish and show very poor judgment, it’s clear from his apology that in the years since he’s become much more mature and articulate.

September 6, 2009

North Korea closes ten restaurants in Southeast Asia because of “flirtatious waitresses”

Filed under: food, North Korea — extrakorea @ 1:44 pm

North Korea has closed ten restaurants in the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. The restaurants had been specializing in North Korean cuisine, were earning dollars for the communist country, and were popular with South Korean and Japanese customers. The official reason given was the global financial downturn. However, there are reports that waitresses have been recalled and punished for being “flirtatious” with customers.

How celebrities get rich despite box office flops and rare TV appearances: Commercials

Filed under: celebrities, movies, television — extrakorea @ 12:45 pm

Are you a celebrity whose movies bombed at the box office and who rarely appears on TV? No problem. Kim Tae-hee’s two movies were flops and she hasn’t acted on TV for years. Just do as she does, and appear in commercials. Lots and lots of commercials.

Fees of hundreds of million won are also a phenomenon unique to Korea. In the U.S., only professional models appear in commercials, which actors tend to avoid so as not to look like has-beens. This shows that acting alone can generate enough wealth in the U.S., whereas it rarely does in Korea.

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By contrast, a handful of actors and actresses dominate the film industry in Korea. “In a situation like this, many celebrities focus more on commercials than actual acting,” says Kim won-young, a copywriter.

Man Indicted for Racial Discrimination Against Indian Professor

Filed under: crime, multicultural society, rapid cultural change — extrakorea @ 12:26 pm

Do you remember this incident? The man who hurled racial slurs at the Indian professor, identified only as Park, has been indicted on charges of racial discrimination. This is the first ever such case.

September 3, 2009

TV Drama “Tamra the Island” to be Shortened to 16 Episodes

Filed under: idiots, television — extrakorea @ 1:48 pm

You might recall the TV drama “Tamra the Island.” (Watch it here with English sub-titles.) Unfortunately, not only will its intended run of 20 episodes not be extended, but it will be shortened to 16 episodes. If it’s true that most of the drama has already been filmed, then that means that the shortening will be done with hasty editing that could lead to an incongruous story. MBC has been receiving numerous online complaints, but it remains to be seen if anything will change. Something is very wrong with the world when the idiotic “Boys over Flowers” becomes a monster hit, but an ambitious, high-quality drama isn’t even allowed to fulfill its full run.

High School Student in Custody for Selling Tamiflu

Filed under: Uncategorized — extrakorea @ 1:24 pm

A 16-year-old high school student was taken into custody for selling Tamiflu, a drug used to combat the H1N1 influenza virus.
After returning from an overseas trip, he made a precautionary trip to the pharmacist and got the medication. When he didn’t develop any symptoms, he decided to sell the remaining medication online so as to recoup the cost of his visit to the pharmacy.

Newborn Baby Sold … Twice

Filed under: crime, What the hell?! — extrakorea @ 1:12 pm

A couple in their 20s sold their three-day-old baby for 2 million won (approximately $1,600). The buyer then later sold the baby again, this time for 4.6 million won.

September 1, 2009

Men’s “sexual life expectancy” is 69. Let me repeat: 69

Filed under: humor — extrakorea @ 1:22 pm

An insurance company was asked to pay compensation to a man who was rendered impotent after a car accident. How did they decide how much to pay? By finding out how many years of joy and bliss he missed, by determining what his “sexual life expectancy” was. And it was determined to be … 69. Let me repeat: 69. And G-Dragon is saying, “Yeah? So?”
Speaking of such, I can’t help but remember this story.

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