7.14.2010

E2 visa nonsense.

So. I feel like I should feel compelled to say something about what's going on with the E2 visa right now. But to be perfectly honest, you all know what's going on, and plenty of other bloggers with wider wisdom than my own have already stated their various positions on the issues.

I'm also tired and really, really distracted with other things at the moment. Which is how The Man ultimately always gets you, in the end. I know.

I'm also having a hard time getting too pissy about it, when I'm simultaneously receiving a lot of really disturbing reports of rising racial tensions back in the homeland. Add to that the fact that my recent bout of reading has centered around wars of nationalism, genocide and ethnic cleansing, and I'm just not able to get myself that fucking pumped up about the weed test.

Which. It's not about the weed test. We all know that. It's about the way the media reports our "outrage" at having to be tested for weed, which isn't the point most rational adult foreigners are making. But at the same time, for every blogger making fantastic points about racial/ethnic profiling and foreigner crime stats compared to Korean crime stats, there are at least three idiots posting all over the internet about how they're leaving for Korea in two days and made some "choices" that we're not supposed to judge at their going-away party, and what the fuck do I, like, do, man bro?

So. Whatever. They can test me for whatever they want. I don't have anything to worry about, and I don't feel like that is something I'm missing out on in life. Yeah, it's a dick move. But I'm also not going to be sobbing myself to sleep to think that a teacher who couldn't put down the goddamn bong long enough to pass a test they knew was coming isn't going to be here spazzing up my reputation by doing stupid shit like mail ordering pot seeds off a website. As long as my co-teachers continue to look embarrassed every time they have to explain that I need to go to the hospital and get proof that I'm not on drugs or infected with HIV, then I'll get by.

We're in for a bad wave in the media, it seems. We all knew it would be coming shortly when that shit went down in Daegu. It will pass, and the foreigner fear frenzy will wane, only to wax again sometime in the near future. Back and forth. In the meantime, if you're American, just comfort yourself by trolling media sources from back home and realizing that, although we've had such an ethnically, racially and culturally diverse history, we're not doing any better at the moment, and people who look "different" are being treated just as shit as we are. Hooray!

7 comments:

Kel said...

wait...what happened? I thought we always had to get a weed test...what's the big dea;?

I'm no Picasso said...

Nah, we did and then we didn't and now we do again. Also, something about having to get the federal cbc, which I'm actually in favor of, even though it's a hassle. But I've done it before, and it's not that big of a deal, and I think teachers should be thoroughly checked out before they're allowed around kids. And I think the Korean teachers should be as well, but unfortunately that's a separate issue, but also one that I think Koreans are currently dealing with.

Here: http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=187038&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Diana E.S. said...

Amen, sister. This is why I don't read that many of the so-dubbed "K-bloggers" on a regular basis (Brian and the Korean are the exceptions... and Grand Narrative, but I don't really count that as a news-y blog, though it is social commentary).

What crap. The kids who were victimized deserve our empathy. The Vietnamese woman stabbed to death in Busan by her mentally ill husband deserves our empathy. A bunch of people whining about PROPOSED (not even implemented) visa regulations DAYS after some visa regulations have been lifted for E-2 teachers (http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2923110) are annoying.

Burndog said...

It's why the biggest 'issues' that I blog about are Sick Boy and being sleepy. I get tired of half arsed bleating and opinion disguised as fact.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

but... but... Twitter and stuff... ya know, legitimate news sources...

Burndog said...

Hahahaha! Nice one WTF! I sometimes blog about my Newspaper back home relying on Twitter for EVERY single article!! It drives me bat shit crazy!

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