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Thoughts on Korea’s President?

August 23, 2015

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Ok, so this topic was a bit of an experiment, and it didn’t really work out as expected. Well, it did and it didn’t.

First off, we’re fond of Cunningham’s Law, especially on the internet. The best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question, but to post the wrong answer.” In other words, if you ask people for help, they might not care to respond, but if you tell someone something wrong, then they’ll correct you, and you’ll get the answer you’re looking for. Brilliant, eh?

So, we know that people aren’t overly fond of the president. Everyone has their own reasons. Us: we’re indifferent to her. She hasn’t done anything that’s really harmed us, nor has she done much that helped us. I think I’m more aware of the changes Obama has done in the US than the changes Park Geun-Hye has done in Korea, and I don’t live in the US! But when we ask Korea people about the president, they’re not too happy.

You might be asking, then, if people don’t feel that she’s the best president, then why didn’t they Cunningham’s Law all over the place with this week’s video! Well, we had far fewer Korean people in the booth this week than usual, and that’s probably because more people were afraid of saying bad things about the president online.

In other words, our experiment this week was to see who would win: fear of saying bad things about the president vs Cunningham’s Law, and the former won. So, we won’t ask you what you think, in case you’re uncomfortable with saying so online, but it’s something worth thinking about.

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  1. I have a lot of strong opinions about Park Geun Hye. Please correct me if I am wrong about some things, since I too have not been following Korea’s political scene closely.

    But therein lies the problem. Park Geun Hye does not make a big presence. Her rise to presidency was supported by the older generation that remembered her father, former President Park Chung-hee, who is credited for boosting Korea’s economy when the country was poor. Also, her rise to presidency highlighted the younger generation’s apathy towards politics: the majority of younger adults did not vote during the elections, though more than a handful of them expressed their distaste for her.

    I am a die-hard feminist. But having a female president who does not represent females well is disempowering, rather than empowering. Park Geun Hye does nothing for women’s rights, nor is it speculated that she even understands anything about women’s rights. In an interview, she showed that she did not know the minimum wage of the country. She had had a very sheltered life, probably devoid of any close relationships, and was/is therefore out of touch with how the average man and woman live their daily lives.

    Possibly because of this ignorance, she hides whenever important issues arise in Korea. She lets the officials around her take care of everything, while she lurks in the background. This lack of presence is exactly why a lot of people do not know much about her. She rarely holds press conferences, giving her the nickname “No communication.” Compare that to Obama, who gives press conferences twenty-one times a year.

    A still-patriarchal country Korea could have benefitted from the leadership of a strong woman president. A strong woman president who cares about female rights could address the wage discrepancy between male and female workers, sexism/sexual harassment in the workplace, sex education, open government programs for single mothers, pro-choice decisions, et cetera. These are issues that not only benefit women, but everybody in the entire country (and dare I say — the world). In another video, somebody commented on the schism between Korea’s economic gain and Korea’s social issues. Park Geun Hye could have done so much for the latter if she had any inkling of how the world out there exists, but I do not think she does. It is obvious she gained presidency through the lingering influence of her father and is only there as a symbol. I think it is an immense waste of an important position.

    2 years ago
  2. Wow, you guys are asking loaded political questions! That has the potential of going about as well as giving your opinions on KMM. I don’t think you would get too many video responses in the US either, and lots of people here aren’t afraid to be loud and obnoxious. However, online, there would be a major shitstorm of opinions at your door due to the anonymity of the comments.

    From out here on the internet side, the question almost sounds like it was posed sarcastically and I thought Korean’s didn’t really get sarcasm. What did the TTMIK people think of using this question in the Speaker’s Corner booth? Are most of your patrons foreigners who really don’t have much of an opinion? Do you think posing this question will actively affect business in the cafe or your web traffic? INQUIRING MINDS (me) WANT TO KNOW!!!?!?

    It just struck me. I hear that Netizens are particularly horrible and mean in Korea compared to North American commenters (and people here don’t seem all that nice <_<). Do you think that has any correlation to North Americans willingness to just SAY IT TO YOUR FACE?

    2 years ago
  3. Did anyone notice that two of the people who were speaking had no sound?

    2 years ago