The first thing I’ve noticed since I came to Australia was that some people have no idea about Korea – whether it is North or South. When I say “I’m from Korea” people sort of shake their heads and ask “North or South?”. This is a quite typical situation I have experienced in Australia over the last 3 years.
And then I’ve noticed that how often North Korea is being reported in news, examplifeid in school and university, ridiculed and parodied by ordinary people as an evil, and, how South Korea is being overshadowed and influenced by the mainstram news about North Korean missiles launches. Perhaps, apart from not knowing geographical location, people in Australia might have had too much biased news and influence from media that when they hear ‘Korea’, what they come up with first is the North Korean evil.
I wonder what’s people’s general perception of South Korea? perhaps you might be linking with North Korea first and then ask questions related to politics and situations between South and North. What is your perception of South Korea?
Every now and then I see news from Korea, I feel upset, frustrated and hopeless.
To name a few, the standoff betwen ruling and opposition party in the parliament over launching a special investigation on the cause of Saewol disaster and the families of the victims of the disaster who have been protesting in front of the Blue House for that matter.
This is almost unimagniable that the ruling Sae-nuri party and the president of South Korea Park Geun-hye are still rejecting to accept the speical investigation on the matter. Instaed, they are trying to accuse the families of the victims of their demand by saying that “how much money do you need to get compenstaed for your sons and daughters’ death?” and by mobilising pro-government campaigners such as fathers association (‘어버이연합’) and mothers association (엄마부대), who do not reflect the majority of people’s opinion at all.
Traditionally, domestic politics have always dominated news in Korea, and it still seems to be endless to end this ridiculous, senseless and undemocratic customs due to completely corrupted and political-interest-driven Sae nu-ri party.
What’s been issues after the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea? lots, the ferry disaster revealed Korea’s incapacity to respond to the crisis quickly and effectively, but more importantly, it disclosed the hidden government and corporate mafias who have been eroding the total capacity of the Korean government by privatising the government departments and power for their own interests.
I’m YEONGMIN, a student in university of Tasmania. I’ve set up this blog to write/quote/interpret/deliver issues regarding politics, economics, culture, entertainment etc in Korea. If you’re interested, please let me know what you would like to see on this blog. Thanks