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Korean comic strip

February 11th, 2007 . by Matt

This Korean comic strip describes the process that Korean companies go through in ‘designing’ their products. Even if you cannot read Korean, just look at the pictures carefully, or consult this past post. Very funny.

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The site for this comic is here. Get the Japanese translation at Zero.


62 Responses to “Korean comic strip”

  1. comment number 1 by: dogbert

    The opinion represented by Mr. Kim is quite hypocritical.

    If a Mr. Kim perceives a site to be critical of Korea, his response is to insinuate that it is bizarre and wrong for a non-Korean, not living in Korea even, to raise issues related to Korea, especially between Korea and Japan, if doing so occasions any criticism of Korea or Koreans.

    On the other hand, you will NEVER see a Mr. Kim criticize a white person such as Mark Lovmo, for one, who maintains sites that are unfailingly fawning of Korea and Koreans. No, such non-Korean will be praised to the heavens.

    It is quite hypocritical, although I doubt very much Mr. Kim will see that.

    It all comes down to Korean arrogance.

    And, of course, if Mr. Kim himself were to blog about Australia and Australians, he would see nothing unusual or wrong in doing so.

  2. comment number 2 by: Errol

    Another Aristoeleian Syllogism

    Mr Kim knows more about Korea than non-Koreans.
    Mr Kim has a vested interest in talking up the accomplishments of his Korean mates and hiding the wrong-doings of his Korean mates.
    How much more about Korean evil-doing does Mr Kim know compared to we hapless non-Koreans?

    Keep up the good work Matt. Do not be dissuaded by the evil cyber-terrorists.

  3. comment number 3 by: kojibomb

    dogbert

    true. Koreans seem to see all the nasty things about others but not themselves. They need a mirror…
    ex) many Korean guys say ” Japanese are the most perverted people in the World… they are number 1 porn producers.” when… Korea has the highest total rape + rape rate in Asia damn~ MrKim, did u know this?
    I think this site is like a “mirror” for Koreans to look at themselves… but only problem is
    1) not many Koreans here
    2) many Koreans just get angry… argue… lose temper… curse & cause trouble… then leave for good blaming Japan after learning nothing about themselves

    (OK)

  4. comment number 4 by: MrKim

    Matt I completely understand you wanting me to be specific, especially on each section on the forum. Cool, but not enough time haha. However, what I did want was a bit more balance on your site, I mean life is more fun as a mix of celebrations and sadnesses right?

    Ponta… much as I want to respect you and reply, it’d be hard to explain things and rebut without holding picture cards for you to understand.

    Dogbert and Errol, are you like twins? Did you read what I said? It’s almost like you’re singing well revised verses like a bunch of naive canaries.

    Kogibomb… highest rate rape + total rape victim numbers? Check figures. We’re not the Golden Horde okay? Japanese people are not the most perverted people in the world, albeit they have been historically known to be more open with their sexuality for their own interpretations.

    However, I must say you did something that is better than anyone else yet, we all need mirrors, there are not enough Koreans here and the attitude that is presented by them…

    Sure, but maybe its a delivery problem, perhaps its the language issue… but provocation is probably what most Koreans feel when first laying eyes upon the numerous articles presented here. Not because of ‘Korean arrogance’… which is vastly nonsensical, yet a natural ‘human’ reaction. If you wanted a discussion with the exchange of ideas with many Koreans, perhaps a lopsided view is a bad way to start.

    I mean I commented here, and I received an average of 3-4 comments telling me I was an arrogant Korean, that wished to disguise the countries faults, that I love ‘Korea-fawning’ caucasians along with warnings not to put up my mobile because of a guy called garlic breath who will prank call me…

    So you see discussion time was not exactly constructive either… nor the example of fine welcome haha. Fellas I don’t have anything against you guys personally, but Korea is a good country with its faults, and please I would be interested to know how Koreans affect your personal lives.

    Not that I can really apologise for the acts of others, but I’d still be curious to know nevertheless.

    By the way who is Mark Lovno? weird.

  5. comment number 5 by: wiesunja

    The message boards don’t really reflect hard-core anti-Semitism but rather Korean

    hostility towards foreign criticism.

    Spot on. Can anyone say, I-N-F-E-R-I-O-R-I-T-Y C-O-M-P-L-E-X?
    I have said it before, and I will say it again, but if the world was the cast of “The

    Godfather”, Korea would be Fredo Corleone, hands down. Insecure, immature, trying so hard to

    show off because he knows he is such a loser but trying to make himself feel better…and full

    of jealous hatred towards anyone who succeeds in exposing his utter stupidity and cowardice.

    Koreans – The Rednecks of Asia.

  6. comment number 6 by: MrKim

    By the way, isn’t almost every company and country guilty of copying (whether they are fractional or to extreme extents) and improving? I mean without that where the hell is development? I thought the old stereotype of the Japanese was ‘we take yours and turn it into something even better’ I mean hey the courts will decide the better disputes but hell I’m stoked about getting something better in the future for all the squabble.

    Although I do wholeheartedly admit it is quite embarrassing to see a total writeoff, but then again maybe there is something I don’t know, perhaps certain legal agreements, royalties and ownership details… if not live and let die I say.

    ‘Who cares about samdung. Its sell cheep crap and is a copycat company – Garlic Breath’.
    Hmm.

    This is as stupid as me going on about this Japanese restaurant that had Kimuchi on its menu as Japanese pickled cabbage. I thought it was pretty cute because they gave 4 slices and charged $3.80 as an appetiser.

  7. comment number 7 by: MrKim

    Weird, my replies have been deleted… hmm.

  8. comment number 8 by: Matt

    Koreans – The Rednecks of Asia.

    Come on, dude. I know you are trying to talk about Korean parochialism, but calling them the “rednecks of Asia” does not really open the lines of communication to those Koreans that want it. I know you are able to express yourself better than this, because I have seen you do it in the past.

  9. comment number 9 by: Matt

    MrKim, you comments got caught in the new spam filter. My apologies, your comments have been restored.

  10. comment number 10 by: crypticlife

    “Crpticliff… I see you hold a particular affection for the host of this site… ”

    Not really. To be honest, I kind of doubt I’d like him in person. I just don’t like seeing ad hominem attacks. And face it, you weren’t asking about his motive just out of curiosity, were you? You meant to discredit his arguments.

    “I reiterate that I never mentioned a need or requirement for a citizwnship or ethnicity of either countries to comment, also I never argued his objectivity of which there is ample amounts rather, in which direction, purpose and motive he is wishing to achieve… his reason for all this, commenting and cornering a particular country are quite different. Also there was no need to continue with the example of ‘Angola’… it was really only an example… just that, not so literal okay?”

    The reason I continued with it is because there is a legitimate reason for NOT picking Angola. Korea is a far more significant country in world affairs. As an example, it’s not comparable.

    “Did you also realise you didn’t really say much at all except dog lick my words… you conveyed nothing.”

    I’m not sure what “dog lick” means, but if it means to contradict, yes, I realize that. It was not my intention to do anything else. I did not want fallacious reasoning to be presented as accurate unchallenged.

    “If I had to literally prove that he has no mastery of Korean and Japanese culture”.

    I did not say you did. I said:

    “back it up with some evidence of where he’s gone wrong”

    Lack of time can excuse a full treatment. It cannot excuse a bald conclusory statement.

    I can’t see your original post to comment what I specifically was referring to with the “shallow history of Australia” comment. Probably something regarding the shortness of Australia’s recorded history. Anyway, we agree it’s irrelevant.

    “provocation is probably what most Koreans feel when first laying eyes upon the numerous articles presented here.”

    Yeah, I’m guessing Matt knows that, and I’d agree there’s nothing uniquely Korean about it. Still, it’s probably something Koreans should see.

  11. comment number 11 by: Ryoske

    The comic has been translated into English, albeit roughly.

  12. comment number 12 by: Ryoske

    http://blog.livedoor.jp/tonchamon/archives/51336750.html

    Sorry, the link didn’t go through.