Extra! Korea

October 7, 2009

“Misuda” panelist Vera Hohleiter responds to criticism

Filed under: celebrities, expatriates, multicultural society — extrakorea @ 12:00 pm

You might know the story of Vera Hohleiter, and if you don’t, here’s the Reader’s Digest crib notes version: She’s a German woman who became a celebrity in Korea by appearing on a talk show that features foreign women who can speak Korean. She wrote a book in Germany. A Korean student read it, and posted on her blog excerpts which, supposedly, criticized Korea. Now she’s facing accusations that she’s two-faced and hypocritical. However, now she is finally responding to these criticisms.

In the book, Hohleiter touches upon sensitive topics such as Korea’s excessive drinking culture, Korean fathers who become mere providers of money for their families, the irrational nationalism common in Korea, and the inability of many Korean men to be open with their emotions — which she uses her mostly detached boyfriend as an example throughout the book.

(emphasis mine)

The brouhaha surrounding the few excerpts would seem to actually prove the point of irrational nationalism, would it not?

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