Anything at Random VIII

1.) The Dark Side of South Korea
2.) Japan: Gender-unequal OR simply a balance of gender-equality???
3.) Dia de Los Muertos: Paying eternal (and infinite) respects to our departed loved ones

The Dark Side of South Korea|U;Nee’s suicide is one of the most obvious examples of South Korea’s dark side.

Although South Korean society has a reputation for being “deeply conservative,” I still insist to visit the country one day.

South Korea is a developed country, where its own people use their own products such as cars, gadgets, etc. and they hold a passport that is visa-free all over the world. Being a developed, first-world country that is, however, it has a dark side that no K-Pop fan really knows about.

1.) Celebrity suicide issue – Do you know that most Korean celebrities take their own lives because of the discrimination they face from their own people?

Every netizen of the world usually hopes that “Korean society will change.” Well, there’s a minimum chance for Koreans to be open-minded about criticisms. Since its major religion is Confucianism (which is more of a religious philosophy), people tend to think conservatively and traditionally, but in the case of the Korean people, they still cannot accept 100% change in their own country.

“Women are the most objectified in South Korea,” says roxyisferox. Well, it’s really true since the rights usually go to men… and when men are objectified, Korean people will usually rant against those things.

Do they really copy Japanese culture? Usually, Japanese people take their own lives once they have an issue, or maybe they cannot take the hardship anymore. However, this issue in Japan is not really the main hot topic. In South Korea, however, Koreans DO take their own lives because they really cannot accept criticisms from netizens who feel “conservative,” but are actually not.

The worst case goes to Choi Jin-shil, dubbed as the “nation’s actress” in South Korea. After her issue with her husband (whom she divorced), she became a single mom. However, in South Korea, women who are single mothers are believed to have an attitude problem (unlike in Japan, it’s alright to be a single mom, but most of these women fall in the poverty line, however). Because of that belief, Choi Jin-shil have no choice but to hang herself. This shocked ROK itself that their most valuable actress is gone forever.

2.) The most extreme form of racism – Do you notice that most Korean actors are really “pure Korean?” Most Koreans do not have any other ancestry other than Korean (or Han race). They tend to discriminate mixed-raced Koreans (whether white, tanned or dark-skinned) and these half-Koreans usually drop out of school due to being victims of constant bullying and teasing. Can’t the Korean government do something to solve the issue?

The Korean peninsula (or Korea as a whole) is known to have the most homogenous society in the world. Almost everyone looks alike, and it is rare if you do not have a look-alike, AT ALL. I really feel sorry for my Korean friends, but they really have to face the criticisms against their country (or their society, that is). According to one source (I forgot), ROK may be developed and rich, but their living standard isn’t as good as you think. Kaya nga, eh, most Koreans go to the Philippines not only to learn English or to do business, but to have a new life not only as a Korean, but of course, as someone who considers himself/herself Filipino.

3.) Criticisms will just make us feel bad – Now what’s bad about criticisms, eh? Alright, as a person, I only accept criticisms IF and only if the person is encouraging me to improve. However, if people would criticize me due to the fact that they have a short patience, that I do not accept. Introverted people do not accept criticisms right ahead of time.

Well, for Koreans, once Samsung (or Hyundai) received criticisms, they do not take it nicely. They take it for granted (or simply, they really reject those things is because of PRIDE). If they really LOVE their country, they should at least, accept criticisms from those who really had used their products so that they would do something to improve it, just like how I mentioned about how the Japanese people improve their mistakes.

Samsung digicams may not seem to be appealing (Korean technology usually specializes in cellular phones) but here’s the thing: One of my buds told me that the digicam of Samsung is slow. Yep, slow, and the quality isn’t that pleasing, either. If Sony Cyber-shot cameras have already the quality of a digital SLR (e.g., DSC-WX5), that is because how Sony is very sincere in marketing their products (the BIONZ and the EXMOR sensor are very powerful and have the same level with Canon DIGIC processors).

Japan: Gender-unequal OR simply a balance of gender-equality???

Japan may be known to be gender-unequal when it comes to daily life, but here’s the thing: Why do they portray women in higher positions at school (e.g., the evil Vice Principal in Misaki Number One and the Director Sakurai in GTO)? Women have the opportunity to work and to earn salary, but they do not earn a very high and respectable title. Like, there are no female prime ministers in Japan and you know the Imperial succession issue where women are not allowed to be an empress regnant. I noticed that men usually speak English better than women in Japan (this restroom cleaner dude knew a bit of English which I really find it cool compared to the lady who collects tickets but doesn’t speak English at all) and notice the eye-to-eye contact as a taboo.

Unlike South Korea, Japan gives opportunities to women, but they’re not as privileged as men. Single mothers are alright, but they fall in the poverty line. However, these women show empowerment that they could provide for their children.

Dia de Los Muertos: Paying eternal (and infinite) respects to our departed loved ones

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition wherein people pay unending respects to their deceased loved ones. It’s their own version of Halloween and All Saints’ and Souls’ Day. So, yeah.

In the Philippines, paying respects to our departed loved ones is really a strong tradition. Graveyards are really crowded in the day of undas, or the Philippine version of Dia de los Muertos.

As I watched the news, most people go to the grave of those celebrities who died young (e.g., Rico Yan, AJ Perez) and yes, symbolic figures such as the Aquino couple (they deserve a salute) wherein their children visit them. Of course, the Filipino way is always based from Catholic and Western traditions.

However, there is a dark side. Ram Revilla was shot to death because of a conflict that no one really seems to understand and Charice Pempengco’s father was stabbed to death for yeah… another problem with drunk whatsoever. WOW, ha. These issues really have to put the Dia de los Muertos in bad limelight, but that’s not the point here. Crimes are not really common for ordinary people nowadays… EVEN celebrities or whoever relative of them that is, are the new targets. HAY NAKO, if Japan is really known for their very low crime rate, why can’t the Philippines do the same (not to mention the last fight between Pacman vs. Eric Morales– that day was a crime-free day, actually!)? Now we have to do something to at least, avoid these crimes, but they’re really inevitable.

Why is the Philippines always compared to Japan (if it’s always better to have it compared to Singapore)?

A poor country versus a European-level country? Japan’s economy is at-par with the ones in Western Europe in terms of cost of everything. One word: TEUER.

I may be a Japan lover (thinking of marrying a handsome Japanese guy which is so hard to find), but it doesn’t necessarily mean that I really want to live there someday (and forever). In terms of economy, yes, Japan’s a really filthy rich country but it doesn’t necessarily mean that its economy is like the United States. The United States may be expensive, but it’s at least, affordable. Japan’s level is more of Europe. Remember, it is an export-oriented country (meaning to say that it is really expensive, even though you’re holding a million pesos).

Why do I have to say this? Here’s the thing: We are NOT an export-oriented country, in terms of consumer products, that is. We export RAW materials and natural things, not man-made stuff. If Singapore is rich, it is because it is a freeport, and not to mention they were once a not-so-rich country that prospered because of strong nationalism and no country (like Malaysia) would ever accept them as a dependency. Rather than being left behind, they decided to become independent.

Singapore is rich is because they impose rules and they really mean it. They’re really serious on their job because they really want to be recognized as an independent entity and not only as a freeport. This setting is really applicable in the Philippines, where people nowadays think that morality is only a guide to do good. Westernization? Of course, in the Philippine setting, we are really not yet ready to be developed, because we disregard our own traditions as “old-fashioned.”

Remember, being compared to Singapore is more acceptable because the Philippines, like what I said, is not export-oriented. Being export-oriented doesn’t make a country more nationalistic– it’s only that discipline is not really implemented (in the Philippines), so yeah. The Japanese in nature are disciplined, that is.

Do you think that Japan has no problem at all? There are many problems in Japan, even before I went there. It may seem to be peaceful, but suicides, yakuza groups, the Junko Furuta issue, etc. Do you think Japan is really a crime-free country? Think again. It may seem to boast a very low crime rate, but crimes still happen, well in the cities, that is. However, due to Japan’s strict laws, it still managed to keep the environment safe and child-friendly.

In Japan, NOT all people are well-to-do. They’re hardworking in nature and they value it. However, there are beggars are there, even though they’re a rarity.

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Posted on November 1, 2011, in Extremes and Randoms, Japan, Korea, Philippines and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hello.This post was extremely remarkable, especially because I was searching for thoughts on this issue last week.

  2. As for Korean suicide issue, it also should be noted criticism is not only the reason for the booming number of suicides in Korea. It is also related to education where South Korean kids spends more time in studying than hobbies. Their hobbies is almost zero. Bukod pa sa typical school na aatendan nila sa araw-araw, a-attend pa sila ng hagwon (korean cram school), usually, para sa pag-asang makapasa sa mga tinangguriang SKY Universities (Seoul National, Korea, Yonsei University) at makapasa sa College Entrance Exam. Mula pagkabata, ganun na ang mga Koreans. You can even add that corporal punishment is applied liberally and abusively. Aside from education pressure, pressures of getting ‘done’ on their faces is one of the factors. Every Korean female teenager is pressured to have something done to their faces to receive recognition from anyone, to get a job wanted. Ang malala, parents even save for their female kids’ plastic surgery.

    Samsung? Hahaha! Tanungin mo si Michael Breen.

    • Although hindi ko naabutan ‘yung complete speech ng isa kong classmate na Korean, at least he explained the educational system in Korea and he also explained why most Koreans go to the Philippines. Not only because they wanted to learn English, but also, it is because of the pressures that they feel. ‘Yun nga, eh. For the ladies, they do not plan for plastic surgery, halos lahat sa fashion and make-up lang nila nadadala (once they come to the Phils.).

  3. Just wanna tell that this is very helpful , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

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