Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lu Lu La La Land

Lu Lu La La Land

This is an expression on of my students used years ago to describe how Koreans react to world around them. It may come as a surprise for many but South Korea has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. You can walk around at 3am and you will be fine. (As for women, a bit of caution is needed)

In Philly I was robbed, chased, beaten up, the list could go on. If I were out late returning home, I was afraid, and was very cautious. If I saw someone walking on the other side of the street, I kept an eye on him, and kept a good distance.

Korea is at war. It is no joke, it isn't a game, its the real deal. I think that there are more exchanges of fire across the DMZ than the government would like to admit, or rather let the public know. Yesterday afternoon while I was chilling at home, eating lunch. North Korea fired 200 arty rounds at an inhabited island. 2 Korean marines died, and others were wounded, some of them civilians. It was an act of war.....oh but wait there is already a state of war. The general reaction from most people was: It makes me feel angry, but I am not worried about it.

People here including myself are living in a lu lu la la land. I need to come to grips with the reality that it isn't “safe”. Just because it was 200 km away doesn't mean that North Korea can't launch short range missiles at lets say.....Gunsan? I think if North Korea hit a more populated area, South Koreans might actually wake out of this lu lu la la land that they and myself are in. I just hope that there is no loss of life. I know it is stupid to think that war there is death.

Through out history man has been bring man to ruin since Abel murdered Cain. I hope I stop hearing "North Koreans are part of our nation, there is no need to fear violence from them."


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