Saturday, February 6, 2010

L.A. Times: Korean Activist target Foreign English Teachers

Here is a picture of the stalker, follower--he looks rather scary, don't you think?

Yie Eun-woong is his name and according to him, posted in the L.A. Times "Yie waves off the criticism. 'It's not stalking, it's following,' he said. 'There's no law against that.' Yie, a slender 40-year-old who owns a temporary employment agency, says he is only attempting to weed out troublemakers who have no business teaching students in South Korea, or anywhere else."

Yie, "He uses the Internet and other means to track personal data and home addresses of foreign English teachers across South Korea. Then he follows them, often for weeks at a time, staking out their apartments, taking notes on their contacts and habits."

Maybe, if Korea wasn't so obsessed with having foreign English teachers there need not be a stalker lurking around however, they do prefer to learn from native speaking English teachers--so this man should not be allowed to do what he is doing--it's just wrong, not to mention weird.

People always want something and when they get it they are never happy. The idea of some 40 year old man "following" English teachers around and imposing on their private domains and choices seems arbitrary and psychotic. The hiring process alone for foreigners is more compared to any teacher of native Korean; testing for HIV, criminal records, and so on. And now some have to be stalked by a complacent man who is apart of a group called Anti-English Spectrum.

Listen, putting all my negativism aside, I could understand why South Koreans would do such a thing. Some foreigners are not appropriate, and while some are it is a basic matter of custom. Koreans have different values, morals and ideas than the foreigners they allow into their country. If worry subsists than the checking of foreigners should not be done by a random sole investigator but done with more ethics and organization--as to not feel as though one is being stalked or intruded upon.

Read the article here:
L.A. Times Article

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