The Metropolitician has a great post about the Korean Teachers’ union and the current hysteria about English teachers having sex with Korean girls.
A taster -
All I have to say is – thank God I’m not an English teacher. I’m not saying this because I think the job itself is bad. I’m just saying that Korean society – in the media, on the news, at the water cooler – seems to have a new badguy. I think I’d rather introduce myself these days as the old “bad guy” – the American GI – than say I’m “an English teacher from Canada.” Now, that’s saying a lot.
3) Delink the unrelated issues of A) teachers who have illegal sexual relations with underage students, B) teachers who have inappropriate (but legal) sexual relations with adult students, and C) adult foreigners who have sexual relations with adult Koreans who are not even their students (wild Hongdae parties or stupid foreigners who go on TV and say they slept with 2,000 women are just sensationalist and ridiculous stories). If you separate A, B, and C, you’ll quickly realize that what the newspapers are talking about is mostly B and C, but are trying to make it SEEM like there is a lot of A going on, when in fact, I haven’t heard of any cases of A involving foreign teachers at all.
It is a little long but well worth it. Go and read it for yourself.