Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


One topic that came up during the Waeg Weekend was manners.

The general consensus was that many of the waegs we meet have horrible manners.

When you're in a foreign country, people will judge your entire nation based on your behavior.

This truism does little to temper or inform the actions of some of our waeg brethren.

Yes, Koreans can also be rude.  But as a general rule, we seem to see more waegs acting out and forgetting basic rules, while with Koreans its generally the exception.  You may think many Koreans are rude, but there are 50 million of them and only one million waegs. 

Treat people the way you'd like to be treated.

Learn something about the country you're going to call home for whatever period of time.

Observe local customs from time to time.

Seems pretty simple really.

Married dude rehashed the story about Chris.

Army Contractor 1 talked about a coworker that was so cheap, she took it as a badge of honor to never pay for anything.  Even when a Korean family invited her to stay at their place near Mokpo for a weekend in the summer, she didn't bring a gift, didn't offer to pay for anything, and was upset they wouldn't drive her back to her door.

Human Resources ranted on about an office mate who would not bow to anyone, thus engendering animosity between the departments where he works.  His attitude was that he was hired to work as liaison with foreign companies, so the other departments should adapt to his way of doing things.

It's not about being an apologist, or becoming Korean.  Its about common sense and mutual respect.

If you walk around with a storm cloud over your head and only look at the bad shit all the time, you definitely aren't going to have a good time.  But now I'm sounding preachy. 

Really, I just don't want to infect my children.

It is hard from time to time, no doubt.

But the alternative is a clear path to an early grave.

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