As a white Afrikaner-Boer from South Africa, I always knew a move to South Korea would be difficult. I predicted there would be vast cultural differences between the background and heritage I come from and what I was to experience in Korea. Having now worked and lived here for a couple of months, I think it appropriate for me to make a few observations regarding Korean culture from an Occidental perspective. Of course, all the Asiatic nations would differ with regard to their culture, but as Generation 5 mentions, when it comes to Oriental cultures, Koreans are, along with the Japanese, probably the pick of the crop. The superiority of Korean culture over others in the far East is also evident in the cultural phenomenon in this part of the world, known as the “Korean wave,” by which Korean cultural influence extends to other nations and even suppresses their own native culture.1
Koreans share a lot of good characteristics with white people. They work to develop their country, and their service everywhere, from the local municipality to the grocery store, is impeccable. As I come from South Africa, where economic and infrastructural decline is commonplace, it was indeed pleasant to come to South Korea, where the local infrastructure works beautifully. In addition, Koreans, like whites, create a very safe society. There is very little crime in South Korea, although isolated incidents of violent crime indeed occur from time to time.2 Coming from a country where genocide against our people is taking place, living in Korea has been a blessing to my wife and me in this regard; we need not live in constant fear for our lives anymore. Koreans, like other Orientals, outperform whites with regard to productivity. They are extremely hard-working and are indeed able to manufacture products much more efficiently than Western countries can. Koreans are also generally very honest and friendly and, unlike in South Africa, willing and eager to help you if they observe you to be in need, despite knowing that the language barrier often makes things difficult. It should be obvious to everyone that these qualities, generally present in Asians and whites but absent in black societies, are genetic blessings God has bestowed upon these groups.
A lot of neutral cultural differences exist between Koreans and Westerners, most notably with regard to language, cuisine, fashion and music. The Korean language uses a radically different alphabet than white nations do, called Hangul, and there are no terms or phrases similar to those found in Western languages (apart from transliterations from English, which Koreans seem to love). Korean food is, to me and particularly to my wife, really a disappointment. It is certainly edible, but nowhere near as pleasant to our taste buds as the food back home. Korean traditional folk music is simply horrible. The musical instruments might be bearable to most, but as soon as anyone starts singing, it is indeed time to flee. K-pop is nowadays very popular in Korea, and although it really is not anything special, it is still an improvement to their traditional music, if only because of the Western influence thereupon.3 Unfortunately, however, the influence of African-American hip-hop on this genre is also quite clear. Other weird practices in Korea are the advertisement of products in shop windows that the particular store does not even have in stock and the absence of changing rooms in clothing stores. Nonetheless, there is nothing inherently wrong with their language, music, and food. They are just unattractive to Westerners.
Unfortunately, Koreans practice a whole host of abominations. As a Christian and kinist, it is my firm belief that these abominations are genetically inherent to Orientals and a result of their collective depravity, as is their propensity toward certain diseases, for example 4. Firstly, image is everything in Korea. Where the Westerner has always had the more pragmatic approach of getting the job done, Koreans are obsessed with appearance. Korean women especially spend an excessive amount of money on clothes and other accessories, and it is commonplace for Koreans to prefer public transport and not drive around in an old car, even if it is in perfect working condition, so as not to do any damage to their public image. Many of the English teachers from Western countries have also moaned that this even spills over to the workplace, where the appearance that the pupils are learning is often regarded as more important than the actual outcome. The Bible forbids this mindset (Col. 3:22-23). Another disturbing aspect of Korean culture is their love of the noisy, urban lifestyle. Koreans, contrary to the biblical view thereof, regard the agrarian lifestyle as somehow inferior. Young people stream to big cities, forcing the few farmers left to import less feminist and career-minded wives from Vietnam and Thailand.
Korean men unashamedly beat their wives, which of course signifies their inability to govern their homes properly. Mongoloid men’s appearance is a lot less manly and noble than that of white men, and it shows in their actions. This has led to the rapid increase of feminism among Korean women, who now constantly choose a career over marriage and children. As of 2009, Korea has the world’s lowest birthrate, at 1.14 per woman in her lifetime. On top of this, Koreans, despite calculating one’s age from conception and not birth (they actually count a whole year for the nine months in the womb), have a higher abortion rate than the United States,5 and the South Korean government seems to view abortion merely as a way of regulating population growth, adjusting abortion laws to meet their demands for population levels.6 Following their moral views (or the lack thereof) with regard to the lives of their own children to its logical consequences, South Korea also has one of the highest rates of after-birth baby killings in the world.7
Koreans’ love for an urbanized lifestyle, also seen in the large urban areas where they choose to settle in the United States,8 is accompanied with a love for noise. Contrary to a Biblical worldview, which encourages a “quiet and peaceable life” (I Tim. 2:2), Koreans love making noise, from turning up the volume of the music in shopping centers and street markets, to advertising their products loudly over a megaphone in small streets during the early hours of the morning, another abomination in itself (Prov. 27:14). Koreans clearly view technological advances as the ultimate achievement of civilization, unlike the Western cultural ideal of comprehensive cultural advances. This is especially noticeable when young people spend all of their time on the public transport systems (that I so often use here) on their smartphones, earphones plugged in, playing games or listening to music – another sign of their natural attraction to noise. And even though it is not really spoken about in Korea, prostitution is a very common practice here; it is by no means strange to stumble upon brothels, which are in abundance.
Other Oriental distortions that deserve mentioning are the consumption of dog meat (although Koreans practice this on a lesser scale than the Chinese), the selling of tampons through vending machines at a train station, randomly spitting and belching in public, an abundance of basic spelling mistakes on billboards, reckless driving, excessive drinking accompanied by the acceptance of public drunkenness, heterosexual men wearing make-up, an unhealthy habit of speaking about the future with certainty, and the reckless killing of endangered animal species.9 Also, despite being much less messy than blacks, they fail to create a clean environment by Western standards – partly due to their tardiness. One of the major shocks for me, as a white man coming to Korea, was the fact that Korean men would not offer their seats on a bus or train for a lady – not even an elderly lady. In fact, it often happens that a young, healthy Korean man would race to cut in front of an elderly woman for the last seat in the bus, so you can imagine their unwillingness to stand up and offer a seat when a lady enters. Where I come from, this behavior would never be tolerated.
South Koreans wrongly believe their society is as safe as it is because it is gun-free.10 Virtually every time I speak to South Koreans about how much I enjoy the safe society here, they point out that fact. The idiocy of such a belief in principle is enough to be depressing, but what makes this even worse is the fact that they have the communist North Korean state right across the border, and if you take away the American military presence there, South Korean civilians would have nothing with which to defend themselves in case of an attack. In short, gun control does not ensure their safety; the American taxpayer does. Despite the crime-free environment, South Korea (along with another gun-free Oriental nation, Japan) has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.11
On paper, South Korea is 28% Christian, although the number of Christians are fast decreasing, especially among younger generations.12 South Korea also has one of the world’s largest atheist populations, and the influence of Confucianism, even among those claiming to practice orthodox Christianity, is evident. Even South Korea’s anti-evolution sentiments, which recently led to the removal of several evolutionary theories from science textbooks, cannot be mainly attributed to the Christian influence on Korean culture.13
A final point I would like to make with regard to how Koreans are destroying themselves is the issue of education. Koreans, like other Mongoloids, are obsessed with formal government education. Parents do not raise their children at home; the government does that job at school. Koreans attend school from Monday to Friday and every other Saturday, and that is not including the extra classes after school in English, which run throughout the year and which I teach. There is no desire for true wisdom or critical thinking in the Korean education system, nor is there much room for covenantal teaching from parents to their children in the context of a healthy home-environment. Their inherently collectivist mindset leads them to blindly idolize education, in typical Marxist fashion, as their via salutis.
These observations are the ones that have been particularly striking to me during my first couple of months staying here in Korea. My experience has again confirmed the reality of race, with regard to the differences between the Occidental and Oriental races, and it serves as clear evidence of the divine purpose of God in separating the races at Babel. The current trends of globalization and mass migration will in the long run be destructive to both civilizations, as they are inherently incompatible, and any attempt to assimilate them into one neo-Babelist global village will not be accompanied by the gracious blessings of the Creator and Ruler of this diverse humanity.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_wave ↩
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/south-korea-subway-rampage_n_1800873.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false&fb_source=message ↩
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-pop ↩
- http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21375901/new-aids-like-disease-asians-not-contagious ↩
- http://www.thekoreanlawblog.com/2007/11/abortion-in-korea.html ↩
- http://news.change.org/stories/south-korea-cracking-down-on-abortions ↩
- http://www.nst.com.my/latest/s-korean-game-addict-accused-of-killing-baby-1.71185# ↩
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._cities_with_significant_Korean_American_populations ↩
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9384881/South-Korea-to-allow-killing-of-whales.html ↩
- http://askakorean.blogspot.kr/2011/01/gun-control-in-korea.html ↩
- http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/158160.html ↩
- http://www.omf.org/omf/us/peoples_and_places/countries/south_korea/south_korea_cont ↩
- http://www.nature.com/news/south-korea-surrenders-to-creationist-demands-1.10773 ↩