I already explained this after my first trip to Taiwan where I compared the two countries and systematically shat on Korea in every category. The short of it is my job's too awesome for me to give a fuck about everything else going on around me. I observe it and criticize it because I'm a cheeky cunt, but it doesn't overtly affect my happiness.
We Guest English teachers live in an insulated bubble of Korean society where we put in a fraction of the work that a Korean has done to achieve the same income. This is almost entirely attributable to our luck of simply being born in one of seven English speaking countries. Whether our lives are hedonism or misery is irrelevant to real life in Korea. We are temporary workers who represent our own countries, not Korea. They don't dislike us because, 'racism'. It's because we're under qualified and make too much money (I don't care about your irrelevant degree in English, or worse, education, if you can't speak Korean, you're under qualified).
I'm pretty sure my coworkers don't make shit money and they're like 40 with master's degrees. They're doing way more work than me, plus they have to put up with all sorts of bullshit, like having to work with a filthy foreigner for example. I'd be bitter too if I woke up in my little apartment everyday smelling the sour stench of my rotting ovum knowing I have to work with while some 22 year old that needs me to hold his hand through every Korean life process short of taking a shit. And even there, we're too inept to use a squatty potty.
My ambitions don't involve running a rat race, or climbing a ladder. I just like to read, write, and play guitar. It'd be cool if I lived in a happier place with more open people, but my passions are all solo activities so I don't mind.
Restaurants are cheap, fat people are scarce, and girls' wardrobes consist of more than sweatpants and rags off the Forever 21 clearance rack.
Actually, why don't I just take the time to list all the poz things about Korea and Busan?
- Busan has okay weather
- There's some okay beaches
- I don't need a car to do anything
- Taxes are low
- Living costs are low
- If someone ever opens up a buffet except with cosmetic surgical procedures instead of food, it'll probably be in Korea.
- Less [people who commit violent crimes and leech off the welfare system fuckin apes].
- It's clean
- No ugly white babies
- Using a condom is pretty much optional
- WAY better phone plans
- The country isn't a perpetual war machine that eats tax money faster than Marie Curie's hair loss after that Nobel Prize she didn't win
- The hiking is wonderful- mountains everywhere.
- I'm close to all these awesome countries like the Philippines. Well, that's not a good example but places like Burma...Laos...and uh...Sri Lanka. Thailand, maybe? Well it's better than sharing a border with Mexico (gross!).
When I see the anathema in Korea I don't let it bother me, I just count my blessings. I'm grateful to have grown up in America, but I love living in Korea as an adult.
Also, if internet speeds were represented by characters from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Korea would be the big black dick and North America would be the the chimps.