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Don’t bother blogging anything other than pictures of cats. Anything else will be considered a perpetuation of your privileged status.
Or hell, just get off Tumblr all together, smash your computer with a sledgehammer, castrate yourself, donate all your possessions to charity and live on the street. That way, you’ll remove yourself from the patriarchal, misogynistic, racist and classist machine that you participate in simply by existing.
Or even better, kill yourself. If white heterosexual males didn’t exist, all prejudice and inequality would cease to exist, as we’re the root cause of it. Do the world a favor and stick that revolver in your mouth, you ignorant pasty skinned devil you.
“I don’t grasp the complexity of socio-economic relations so I’m going to be dramatic to show you how ridiculous y’all are for not being simple enough for me to understand. Wah”
I know plenty of white, heterosexual cis men who understand the world and acknowledge their position in it. Ain’t nothing to get your undies in a twist about.
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#white man’s tears
B-b-b-but why aren’t you acting grateful?! You could’ve died or ended up as a prostitute or spent your life in prison if you hadn’t been adopted! Be happy you have parents who love you <3
Answer my question with what I want to hear!
Ok, so sorry to play devil’s advocate here but I don’t completely understand your viewpoint. I know through your blog that most babies given up for adoption were a result of coerced unwed mothers which is obviously appalling and terrible. I also understand the pressures and lack of help available that led to them giving their kids up. But what I don’t understand is, if the kids have been given up for adoption and their mothers are not coming back for them, then surely a life in an adoptive family is better than life in an orphanage? I mean, in China, girls have been left to die in orphanages. That’s not an exaggeration, either. Surely those who have been adopted are in a better position.
Firstly, you are not the least bit sorry in interjecting with your clueless, prototypical White Opinions, so shove your snotty faux-politesse, cos you’re not fooling anyone but yourself.
And if by “play[ing] devil’s advocate” you mean ANYTHING other than upholding the white supremacist multi-BILLION dollar for-profit quantum kyriarchy clusterfuck that is the adoption industry, then check your goddamn privilege, educate yourself, and generally keep your basic ass seated - it’s painfully clear you’re not even aware of the consequences of the adoption industry you ignorantly claim to “understand.”
I wasted a whole minute of my life flicking through your trite Carefree White Girl blog (THANK GOD I SPEED READ) with its predictable shit-giggling over Hello Kitty airplanes and flat out racism like “To me, seeking out a ‘kboy’ is the same as a Korean man seeking out a ‘foreign’ girl" cos East Asians seeking Westerners is TOTALLY tantamount to the fetishism of East Asians lol bitch are you fucking kidding me
I’ll be so benevolent as to school your basic ass with some free education - not for your sake of course, LOL it’s hilar white folks are incapable of grasping the fact that this is never about them personally and they’re just one among endless penny-a-dozen chips off the CFWG monolith - like any oppressor, you’re plainly obstinate to learn while simultaneously demanding that the oppressed educate you.
Every decolonized international class Bastard knows about Korea, because the seeds of the global adoption industry were planted in the colonization that literally ripped the country apart.
The forces driving adoptions from Korea are capitalism AND COLONIALISM, and if you actually knew anything substantive about world history and politics then you might know that it’s impossible to isolate the two. It’s extremely fucking telling that you completely fail to mention that Korean adoption is international, NOT domestic, and the “orphans” are all being sent to the Western powers that colonized it, killing tens of thousands of Koreans on both sides indiscriminately.
“During the years of war, soldiers from the UN-army started to adopt children. The UN-army contained most of the countries which would adopt the majority of the Korean children: Australia, Canada, Luxemburg, United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Witnesses describe the Korean War as something close to genocide[…]and it is also important to bear in mind that almost all of the first Korean adoptees were products of unequal relations between UN-soldiers and Korean women.”
You’re a total racist asshole for then conflating Korean adoptions with Chinese orphanages. I know you have no clue how offensive your off-the-cuff little ‘reminder’ is, but trust me, my fellow Bastards and our followers do :)
(I don’t know how long this discussion will go on and no one’s certainly obliged to respond after this point, but I want to elaborate on why this matters so much to bilingual/bicultural Koreans, and why people outside of that group probably don’t understand where we’re coming from. At least the next time something like this happens, I can say “NO, READ THIS”)
People who’ve never left Korea don’t know what it’s like to be second-class citizens for being Korean. They may face their share of white privileged foreigners who get inserted into good jobs/ads/media roles, but as a homogenous country, their government does not undermine their citizenship and heritage on a racist institutional level. Hence, they have no idea what it’s like to fight racialized constructs like the model minority or the perpetual foreigner. They don’t know what it’s like to have bilingualism used against them – as in fellow citizens telling them “this is ____, speak English” or “go back to your country” because their faces and maternal tongues are a sign of the “other.” (but multilingual white people get cookies for being “educated” and “worldly,” bloop bloop bloop)
They possibly can’t imagine having their domestic TV or movie productions hijacked via whitewashing because parts meant for Koreans suddenly went to random white actors. And of course they aren’t disenfranchised and dehumanized by slurs like “gook” and “chink” among their own people. They don’t have to grow up with racists who pull up the corners of their eyes at them, yell “SARS,” and spout imitation “Asian” words to make fun of their accents. I can go on a tangent about the status of women in Korea, but they don’t face racialized misogyny to the same extent that WoC do in other countries.
On the other hand, people who didn’t have a Korean upbringing don’t know what it’s like to be connected to the cultural and political landscape through generations. There are just certain linguistic nuances and old school colloquialisms that you pick up from being taught Korean from the very beginning (even good chunks of 2nd/3rd/etc. generation Koreans with rusty conversation skills can understand what 90% of what they hear). Non-Koreans wouldn’t have grandparents and aunts/uncles who survived the Korean War and to have parents who grew up in its aftermath. They aren’t told stories of the American soldiers who shot and bombed indiscriminately, all the atrocities that were never published in newspapers or textbooks, or the U.S-backed military governments that used “communism” as a scare tactic to round up, torture, and kill thousands of their own people (though this happened all over the world).
They don’t know the siege mentality that develops after being exploited by Japanese imperial powers and nearly being stripped of their language and identities, only to be used as pawns in a proxy war by western powers who arbitrarily carved their land in half and devastated family ties. To this day, American forces still occupy Korean territory, wreak havoc on the population, and undermine their autonomy. You don’t think some people harbour bitterness and resentment over having to learn the language of an occupying force, all the while knowing that they have to participate in a western-controlled system of globalization that privileges English speakers? It’s a very colonial way of thinking to expect every homogenous country to open its arms wide to foreigners, especially if said foreigners have a lovely history of biting that country in the FACE. Repeatedly.
The people who initially reblogged that old post were not looking for real answers or a fair discussion. They were using typically loaded language that assumed inferior knowledge of Korean on my part, probably because what I said conflicted with their assumptions and expectations of Koreans who meekly sit back and don’t confront them on their privilege. At that point, no one had anything original to say and they were the embodiment of white supremacy in the asshole foreign English teacher archetype. It’s not easy to reconcile two different types of origins and upbringings that meet on a linguistic, ethnic, cultural, and political level, and it certainly doesn’t bring out my good side to see people act completely ignorant about critical race theory or the power imbalances that make this an especially sore issue.
Even now, the “convenience” of non-Koreans using the “gook” romanization apparently supersedes what actual bilingual Koreans have to say about their marginalization. Because of…what? Because of a singular academic entity that likely fails to take account how the English language and intersecting oppressions affect millions of non-resident Koreans? Because irrelevant busybodies think they have the right to “reclaim” or change the connotation of a slur that never even affected their lives? Because they have that one Korean friend they can trot out as an excuse, though said friend probably never grew up bilingual in a violently racist society? Because their “right” to learn a language on their self-absorbed terms is more important than a word that has decades of murder, rape, and destruction attached to it? As if academic and political institutions in Korea (or elsewhere) have never reinforced white supremacist goals before? It tells me everything I need to know about their priorities.
As negative as I sound about foreign English teachers, most of my information does come from actual resident Koreans as well as foreign teachers themselves. They’re not isolated incidents. It’s not exactly a secret that employers prefer white applicants on the assumption that their whiteness makes them more qualified. They’ve been hiring more non-white people in recent years, but still not at the rate of white teachers. Then there’s the fact that most people see overseas teaching as a last ditch attempt to pay off bills or student loans post-graduation, and/or they want to get paid for being on an extended vacation. They’re notorious for being hired on unrelated degrees, no teaching experiences, and no reliable confirmation of non-criminal behaviour, and yet they coast by on positions that they never would’ve gotten otherwise back home.
I recently heard of a non-Korean who threw a shitfit and reneged on her teaching position because she didn’t get placed in Seoul and wouldn’t be able to enjoy the shopping, nightlife, cheap booze, etc. with her friend (who also backed out). I’ve heard people admit to teaching ludicrous or outdated things just to get laughs at the expense of unwitting children who repeated them, or just slacked off in general because neither the principals nor students would know any better. They say needlessly cruel things about kids who act like kids, or assume that their “failures” can be attributed to them being Korean. And because of the temporary nature of the work and the fact that most people go home eventually, they suffer absolutely no repercussions for it. How fucked up is that?
If your typical Euro-North American education system indulges in racist ideologies on a daily basis and sets up children of colour to fail (ie. forcing them to re-enact fucking slave auctions, not evaluating their schoolwork on a equal level, handing out disproportionate numbers of suspensions/expulsions, etc.), then I certainly wouldn’t expect a mostly undereducated hiring pool to teach English overseas without oppressive or half-assed attitudes. And we’ve already seen that white and non-Korean people alike can be equally detrimental to anti-racist efforts and gleefully participate in derailing by sticking their noses where they don’t belong (not to mention all the gross overestimations of their own Korean abilities - if they haven’t been speaking it for 20+ years, they’re free to take a stadium of seats and see where they went wrong).
I’m glad that at least a few people seem to know where I’m coming from. But I hold absolutely no regrets about how caustic or vile I appeared to some people. This was an exercise that demonstrated just how little PoC gain from engaging the privileged, and how utterly absurd it is for them to prove their humanity to its barest bones to be taken seriously.
And if you are getting called out on your privilege, the last thing you should do is take it as a personal attack. It’s not a permanent stamp that says “you are a bad person forever and ever.” You’re supposed to learn from it and do better next time instead of making it about you. I don’t enter conversations about LGBT issues and expect accolades for my unwanted straight/cis interjections. I don’t get personally upset if someone says “you systemically benefit from our suffering whether you like it or not” because it’s true. Intent or feelings don’t mean a thing in the grand scheme of entrenched oppressions.
Well. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve decided to feel that way about white English teachers in Korea, because you’ve heard some bad stories and once saw this thing in a blog.
If you’re looking for the flip side to the coin, my blog that mostly relates to teaching is here, and here is the blog of another white English teacher in Korea who regularly writes about his job and his students. Surprise! He’s even a real card-carrying teacher in the West, as well. In those two sidebars, you can find links to lots of other blogs by great teachers here in Korea. Some of them are white, some of them are not.
Just in case you’d like to expand your knowledge in this area of interest you have. But no, probably not, huh?
Bolded for astonishing fuckery.
Despite what I’ve said about how Euro-North American schools instill white supremacist values and normalize institutional racism, and how foreign teachers in Korea clearly reproduce that teaching model without even being conscious of it (they were immersed in it from day 1, they fucking know), you’ve decided to personalize this for your own benefit. Again. You’ve minimized what PoC had to say about their own oppression and reduced centuries of their struggle to “stuff they heard.”
As if the desire to be recognized as human beings is just an “interest” for Poc. As if talking about racism is just an online hobby for them and not anything serious that affects how they survive in this world. As if oppression is something that they can just ignore if they leave the room. As if white people have the fucking right to decide the validity of PoC narratives in their ivory towers.
It never ceases to amaze me when teachers with white saviour complexes think they can singlehandedly fix a broken system that makes it their lifelong goal to indoctrinate white history into the heads of children of colour, destroy their self-worth and aspirations, cover up their genocidal legacy, and use disgusting entrapment tactics to profit from their incarceration. But no, the racist root of all those human rights violations can simply be waved away with your “good intentions” and your privilege-denying. As per usual, you and your Sandra Bullock shenanigans will always think you’re one of the “special” ones.
I took a look at the other blog and already on the first page, and there’s a bunch of foreign teachers making fun of disaster drills and the charged political atmosphere in South Korea. I’m sure having to live in constant fear and dreading another war is completely hilarious. It’s not pig-ignorant at all to summarize the volatile situation in North Korea as “wacky” like your simple bitch ass knows what it’s like to be connected to that part of history. It’s not a show of blinding privilege and auto-fellatio AT ALL to comment on how you’ve grown accustomed to disaster drills like a big man and forget the glaring fact that western aggression is the very reason why North and South Korea are divided the way they are. And describing Korean as “gibberish” because you don’t understand political discourse? Nice.
Basically, yet another conversation about racism, oppression, and white privilege coming full circle into a monologue…about white feelings.
I don’t think I need to say anything more beyond that.
@’IMNOPICASSO’: You derailing, racist, neocolonial trash. Excuse our laughter that someone so disgustingly ignorant as yourself would try to educate others, when they can’t even summon the wit to pull their head out of their own ass long enough to pick up some remedial knowledge of anything substantive that doesn’t threaten your weak little bubble of white supremacy.
(But seriously, you’re a blistering idiot, and you should feel eternal gratitude that someone like Elledy took time of their vastly intellectually superior existence to drop some knowledge on your basic ass)
There’s something fascinating about what people who try to spend great deals of time justifying racism and sexism and homophobia are doing and saying, when they try to get people who actually care about such things to cease and desist.
They’re so uncomfortable with the preposterous notion that other people see the world in a way they do not that it has to be untrue, and that if THEY themselves don’t experience or see something, then it cannot be true for anyone else. “Stop having feelings or thoughts that are not mine, because they cannot be in any way valid.” They disdain the idea that anyone could see things differently that they must try to get people who are sharing numerous accounts of how or why that could be to stop at once, because its “pointless”. I don’t want to hear thoughts or ideas that aren’t my own so please stop talking.
The world is flat. We have always been at war with Eastasia. They need to tell themselves these things due to buyers remorse. The world seems like a pretty cruel place when we realize that our culture is biased against some individuals in favor of others and the cake is a lie.
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