Friday, October 14, 2005

 

Medicine for Koreans

Well done!
Koreans back up the value of content with ire. But he must be in serious danger.

Japanese Satire Inflames Korean Patriots

A book by a Japanese language instructor living in Korea has attracted the ire of Koreans even before publication. The book, tiled "Medicine for Korea's Ills" by Ryoma Nakaoka and subtitled "A country infected with 'Our-Country Disease'" features on the cover an image of President Roh Moo-hyun holding a mirror in the shape of a yin-yang symbol -- a none-too-subtle allusion to the president’s recent plastic surgery.

Scheduled to hit bookstores on Saturday, the book has rattled patriots with comments on "Korean women's violent streak" and "Korean men: most are egomaniac stalkers."

"Even the president has been surgically altered!" the book says, charging that Korea is a country where “so much more importance is given to outward appearance over what's inside that its people have developed a dependency on plastic surgery." In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, its satire also homes in on the country’s traditionally masculine culture, saying women “can't even catch a taxi in the morning,” which the author says betrays “a tradition of contempt for women." It alleges that in Korea, “daughters born on the first day of the year are despised" or traditionally considered bad luck.

In a chapter provocatively titled, "If you don't know these things, don't date a Korean" the author nonetheless shows willingness to indulge in some misogyny, saying that "because Korean women all have an inherently wild temper, once they are ignited there's no stopping them." "You cannot win an argument with a Korean woman,” the author moans. But Nakaoka also disparages Korean men, saying the majority are over-jealous stalker types.

According to the blurb, the book started out as Nakaoka’s blog, which opened half a year ago and visited by more than 2 million people

(englishnews@chosun.com )

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