This is our dog, Leaf. He’s a native Korean dachshund, and is about 1.5 years old.
Being a young teacher can be really difficult at times. I have to be a substitute teacher for the middle school teacher at our older campus. The middle school and high school students around me seem to find it very difficult to respect me, mostly due to the fact that I’m young and closer to their age than most of their teachers.
Honestly, being young in an Asian culture can actually be really difficult. I know I’m the young guy, but in an area where age is sometimes respected more than education, you have to go above and beyond what’s expected for the long-term in hopes of finding a place somewhere in your environment.
The fact that so much of the younger generation here in Korea is, quite frankly, spoiled doesn’t help. I can understand that parents want to make their children’s life better than their own; that’s admirable. But when a child can dictate what a teacher is supposed to do (with the parent’s support and backing) and the teacher has no support behind them, that makes it difficult for anyone, especially a foreigner.
Yeah, I understand that perhaps I’m being culturally biased; but isn’t everyone like that in some areas? I try to show great respect for the culture I am in. I bow, I yield, and I try to please those who are older than me because age is important here. But should I not get the same courtesy in return? Should people not show me respect in a similar way if I’m really trying to respect their culture?
I lived in California before I came to Korea. There is a huge Hispanic population living nearby where I live. Did I expect them to abandon their culture and norms and conform to my way of living? Of course not. Nobody should expect or demand that. I do not expect it. I try to honor their culture by giving them due respect, even if they are not native to my culture and my ways of doing things. So when the situation is reversed and I’m the foreigner in an Asian culture, shouldn’t I be shown a similar courtesy? Is that too much to ask? Or am I simply regressing back into a mindset of cultural superiority? I’d really like to know.
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Pokémon Oddities #15 - 40 Kinds, Pal!
Little Akagi Nobuo, aka AkibaRed early years.
This is pretty much, frame-for-frame, how I was when I first watched Power Rangers.
One of the Korean students in my school gave me Hershey’s Cocoa as a present for International Teacher’s Week. But not just any cocoa. This was the unsweetened cocoa that you use for baking (which is difficult to use when you don’t have an oven). The poor girl thought that it was a case of Hershey’s hot chocolate.
But seeing how excited she was, I had to accept the gift with all the enthusiasm I had in my body. It was a nice gesture, after all. And plus, I gave it to my neighbors and they said they could make brownies and cookies with it, so I feel pretty happy with that.
I have peanut butter and bread. ACTUAL peanut butter and bread. I have not had this in more than a year. My taste buds are greatly anticipating a peanut butter sandwich at 6:00AM.
Mega Man 25th anniversary 3DS case coming
Capcom intends to begin selling this case with standard and XL versions through its online shop, but you should also be able to pick one up at San Diego Comic-Con in July. The publisher is also planning to produce more Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate cases too!
This is gorgeous. I would buy this in a second.