Can Korea be as advanced as it is without the help of foreigners?

Many koreans have told me that they hate foreigners and friends and I have already been rejected from clubs etc. because we are foreigners. Then again, I’ve met many Germans, Americans, Canadians, South Africans, Australians, New Zealanders, British, French etc. here and they all work here. Most of them, including myself, are English teachers who put up with lots of crap to try and teach these kids but some of them, like the Germans and French, are engineers who, according to sources, help out a lot with the development of Samsung and Korail as well as many other advances. An American once also told me that she hates that Koreans hate foreigners but love everything foreigners produce. I know that I can’t stereotype but I would love it if a survey could be done in this country just to estimate what percentage are for getting to know with other cultures, races etc. and what % are not. I mean, most of their knowledge comes from foreign knowledge and they even produced a jeep called korando after the famous American jeep called commando.

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5 Responses to Can Korea be as advanced as it is without the help of foreigners?

  1. Ed the Sophomore May 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    No it couldn’t. If it weren’t for us intervening in the Korean War (which technically has never ended) they would surely be under the control of the North, and be in the same condition that the North is in. I’m not surprised that Koreans don’t welcome foreigners, South Korea is one of the most homogenous nations on Earth! Well so is Japan, but at least there foreigners seem to be a little more welcomed.

    I don’t think things are that bad, then again I’m not the one living in Korea, but I’m positive that the younger generation is at least a little more open to foreigners than older generations (I have two friends from Korea..one lives in Incheon and the other somewhere north of Seoul), and they didn’t seem to mind to talk/hang out with me even though I’m not Korean.

    And about…The Koreans loving foreign goods but hating (well disliking) foreigners is messed up. If they have no problem totting around Dolce & Gabbana, rolexes, watching Hollywood films, and drinking coffee (which definitely wasn’t invented in the east) then they should have no problem w/ foreigners actually taking interest in their country and perhaps wanting to visit/live. Well….unless they want everyone to flock over to Japan instead. However, I think the foreigners living should have realized before they moved there that they would possibly not be welcomed in certain places..and experience some form of racism. Still, I’m sure the goods of living in Korea outweigh the bad..right?

    I plan on going on day, it’s all apart of my "Tour le monde" plan!

    I hope I said that right..But anways…sorry if I got off topic…I just wanted to say what I felt about Korean. And another side note!

    **Is it true that Koreans consider foreigners dangerous? Well if it is…shouldn’t they be reminded what nationality most college school shooters in America are?***

  2. Animal Seeking Kindness May 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    everybody knows korean products are so bad, I have a hyundai monitor new, and it has a few specs of green dots on the side of the screen!
    even I live in japan and all the japanese dont like koreans and koreans try to claim that japanese are koreans and have anti-japan hate riots , Koreans are very insecure people about there national pride.
    My teacher who is japanese told me that she worked in korea to teach japanese for 3 months and they never Payed her becuz they claimed banruptcy,However that very same school is one of the most popular language schools in korea now ! a Korean landlord also tryed to cheat me and my chinese friends from Rent by buying extra refrigerators and new airconditioners without our consent & making us pay for it claiming suddenly that we had to pay extra for *utility fees* without informing us before they did it.
    Cheating is a huge part of the culture in Korea

  3. Gentle Mintos May 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Koreans operate on the "If I haven’t seen it it’s new to me" philosophy. They see these things foreigners create and love them but fail to see that those inventions are something they didn’t make. They think foreigners just "discovered" these things and never put in any creative effort

  4. MissChic May 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Oh come on, the Western world in general wouldn’t be where it currently is without globalization.

    We all depend on each other.

  5. Dy rass May 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    They’re better than Africa, I mean it get’s lots of help compared that of Korea but still it failed.
    So I’m saying if they want to help it they could but Korea is doing great without much help.