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I was Butt Plugged by a Korean Kiddy…

Posted in customs, Korean children by 노강호 on July 14, 2011

dirty,dirty!

Pinch a Korean man or boy’s nipple and they’ll accuse you of perversion (변태) but you can stroke and touch them everywhere else (except in the most obvious of places), and they won’t see anything wrong with it. Even the bum hole isn’t exempt a digital delving though this is a jokey pastime of kids and much more likely to occur between children or from children to adults. It would be extremely odd for an adult to start surprising his or her work colleagues with a digital ‘ddong-ch’im.’ Apparently, manual butt-plugging, as a form of humour, is widespread across east Asia and has a long history.  Naturally, there is an association between the ddong-ch’im, and that other Korean obsession, poo!

ddong ch'im - shit needle / shit injection

a popular perversion

note, how the buttocks are tightly clenched. I'm not sure about the facial expression as it somewhat resembles a blow up doll

But the actual purpose of this post was to expose an excellent Korean game I discovered, entitled JJileo-jjileo which being at the juncture where poo meet ‘the finger,’ brilliantly demonstrates more Korean customs and humour. Enjoy… (Note– I have recently noticed the game breaks down after several minutes, hopefully this is only temporary –  for an interesting insight however, it is still worth a visit).

click to enter game

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Images of Innocence (1)

Posted in Comparative, Education, Images of Innocence, Korean children, video clips by 노강호 on December 13, 2010

the hanja character for ‘purity’ (순수한)

In the prestigious boys high school in which I taught for a year, on sports day a class of first year students wore T-shirts on which was emblazoned the hanja character for ‘purity’ (순수한). Capturing the innocence of Korea students in writing is not only difficult, but contended; there will be many Koreans and westerns alike who see their proclaimed ‘purity and innocence’ as over rated or mistaken. But in Korea, I have never taught scum students, students who are vile human beings and whom if had to label, I would classify as violent, anti-intellectual, promiscuous, untrustworthy, grossly disrespectful, and foul-mouthed. Often they had parents who were equally as bad and in most of the UK schools in which I have taught have encountered boys and girls who basically epitomise what it is to be anti-social.

‘Pure’ – not a fashionable concept among British teenagers

Among most teenagers in Britain, ‘innocence and purity,’ which as usual we immediately associate with sexual conduct, but which I think Koreans would understand in a much broader context, is not something to be aspired to; indeed, I would suggest it is something to be shunned. I would absolutely agree that not all Korean students are angels and that there will exist some who could be classified ‘scum’ and I also agree that most British students are decent. I am suggesting, however,  that standards and expectations in Korea are higher than in the UK and that associated values are currently much more effective in providing social cohesion, especially across generations. It is the values of Korean society that put the nation in the top echelons in terms of educational achievement, despite the systems pressures and flaws, and those values which produce a society with one of the world’s lowest rates of teenage pregnant, sexual activity and infection by sexually transmitted diseases.

Yes! Bad things happen in Korea and under the surface there is more nastiness than is immediately apparent. But unlike Britain, I have never seen a Korean girl of 13 giving a boy oral sex in the bike sheds and I have never taught or seen girls of 14, 15 or 16 who are pregnant.   Instead of leaping to the defence of the moral and personal degeneracy of the west, which festers like an  open wound and is visible at every level, instead of raising reminders that Korea too has a bad side, which I do not doubt, we need to acknowledge that in some spheres, Korean society is  very successful and perhaps worthy of emulation.

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‘Bad North Korea’

Posted in North Korea, Politics by 노강호 on November 25, 2010

Yeonpyeong Island. S Korea. (link to Guardian UK)

Crazy world with another loony display of military machoism. Oh! Don’t bother attributing blame! They’re all at it; Britain, the USA, China, Israel are all either peddling and promoting war with their sales of weaponry,  either violating or facilitating  the violation of human rights or involved directly in war.  Some nations can multi-task all four.

In the UK, you have to hold raffles and charity events to buy a new MRI scanner, while this baby, the European Typhoon, well over 65 million pounds, (the most conservative estimate I can find), are produced in droves. One sources quoted they were offered to S. Korea at 95 million a-piece.

There is a boy in one of my classes, he is twelve and for his age is quite big. He could easily push and shove his way around demanding what he wants of his peers. Instead, he is the gentlest of boys and on a few occasions I’ve been moved by his little acts of compassion. A few weeks ago, he accidentally hit a girl on the head as he stood up from his table. The girl, hurt, immediately buried her head in her hands and started crying. Andy, crouched down at her feet and cradled her head in his arms, patting her on the back and saying he was sorry. Remember, these are Korean kids and at 12, even 15, boys and girls are not comfortable mixing and physical contact such as this usually only occurs with members of the same-sex. And he will  help weaker students  in the class despite the fact he is not the best English speaker. I do not doubt for one moment he can be naughty and has  flaws, but when he handed me his diary, yesterday, I was again moved.

Andy

We have become so obsessed with the rights of children, and in policing their protection in so many arenas but when it comes to war, poverty or even the nature of the environment which they are to inhabit, their suffering is either ignored or justified. War, of course, is the greatest abuser of children in a multitude of ways. The lobby who so constantly demand we ‘think of the children,’ are often the ones most outspoken in justifying the need to commit to war, to continue the battle, or in maintaining the numerous systems of abuse, of which arms sales is one and which  devastate the lives of so many young people. The rights and wrongs of warfare, as with many other nasty phenomena, are not based on morality or ethics but more sinister, Machiavellian principles.

Andy can have the last word because you can be assured when any decision is taken to either engage in war or facilitate it, few will give him, his peers or their plight, much thought. Despite all the hype and considering they lack immediately exploitable skills, require support and sustenance, in times of ’emergency,’ children are probably more expendable  than the rest of us. They are certainly of infinitely less value than a high-tech piece of military machinery!

An Appeal for Peace

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