Tuesday, December 13, 2005

What is it about my own ethnicity?

I really don't understand Korean people. From the 80-hour work weeks to the rampant materialism to the vicarious behaviour of parents to this....

Mind you, I'm sure everybody has something in their culture that really irks them; there certainly are plenty in my own.

Check this out! Quote:
I could travel more or less where I pleased for my work, and even though we always had translators and minders, I was rarely prevented from taking photographs.
I am under no illusions about the nature of the state. What I saw was how North Koreans live and work.
Very cool. :) I know of all the reports of what happens in North Korea. But this is still something that we don't get to see every day, you know. :)


  1. What I've found is that as a single individual, Koreans are some of the smartest, hardest working people in the world. However, if you put enough of them (us, whatever :) ) together, our collective intelligence goes way down as we start to bicker between us... Still haven't quite figured out why this is so, though...

  2. Hehe, I've seen that happen! :D Yeah, I won't deny that Koreans can be pretty smart. The only thing I'd like to see more of in terms of intelligence is creative thinking. Analytical thinking, I think they (we?) have it down pat. But creativity is sorely lacking in everything from pop education to pop culture (with perhaps the exception of those fantastic Korean dramas?).

  3. I heartily concur. Hrm. One thing about my own ethnicity that irks and boggles me at the same time is how people can have so much national/cultural/ethnic pride. Yet, they also look down on themselves and the very things that were produced by their own brethren.