Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Browsing through my messages on facebook today, a bud drew my attention to a heated discussion on the Wonju English Teachers page.

It seems someone from ATEK attempted to hijack the page and turn it into some sort of regional provincial hub for all things ATEK.

This made the regulars at the page lose their collective minds.  While entertaining to read, I can completely empathize.

If someone tried to take over a page I had joined serving to inform a specific community about events etc, and turn it into something driving a political agenda, I'd be pissed. 

The consensus seems to be that the ATEK folks wanted to use the numbers of people who had joined the page to beef up their membership numbers.  If they commandeered the page, they could add that number to their overall membership numbers.  Even if a bunch of folks left the group, many would not as most people don't bother leaving a group once they join.

If indeed the case, pretty underhanded.


Brenden said...

ATEK was (note use of past tense) an unrealistic idea from the start. Teamsters and other unions rested on the firm gospel truth that employees wanted to actually keep their jobs towards a long term goal. 90% of ESL teachers are in through the outdoor in one or two years. Most have little use for such an organization, and even if they do have a gripe rarely is one worth fighting for. It's easier just to find hakwon number two or three or even four. I hate to say it, but what it boils down to is a few student council types trying to make a name for themselves. They obviously failed miserably.

F5Waeg said...

I'd pretty much have to agree. Back in my ESL days I was not that interested in joining due to their Equal Checks for All campaign: they wanted all F-visa folks to have to jump through the same hoops. Don't see the point in having to submit a yearly criminal record check from home when I've lived in Korea this long and get checked out with the Korean police, and I've had to have yearly medical checks for my jobs anyway. Other institute teachers should have to do the same, sure, but they really shat the bed on the execution of their campaign.

It isn't a bad idea, but their goals and methods are short sighted and the leadership seems to lack perspective on what is actually going on in the expat community and what needs to be done to bring it together.

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