Tuesday, April 29, 2008

For a While...

I have never been insulted in my whole life! It's not that I'm a VIP or Nobel prize winner but it's just that everyone deserves politeness and respect he's due. That vile 'k'reature just gave Koreans a bad name.

It happened yesterday at work (for those who don't know, I'm a part-time online English teacher). I was trying to contact my student for our arranged class at 10:30pm (Philippine time) but we can't conduct the class the usual way--headset + the virtual classroom software--since her headset is broken. The only way to hold the class is to call her phone, which of course, is more expensive. I informed my supervisor about this and a minute later he's at my station. I handed over my headset so that he could talk with my student and perhaps inform her about the additional cost of conducting phone classes. Here's what struck me as totally uncivil: he tried to extend the cord of my USB headset, which, being too long I tamed with a cord binder, with a violent pull till my CPU got dragged and crashed onto my monitor and keyboard. It made quite a noise that the teacher next to me had to check out what was happening at my station. I was just sitting in front of my desk, and him standing beside me, when this amazing display of animal behavior happened. It was just shocking.

He ended the call and returned to me my headset with its cord messed up. Before he leaves I felt I have to ask him: "Should I inform you again tomorrow if she requested for a phone class again?" He fixed his tiny eyes on me for about 2 seconds and said with the most arrogant tone: "Just continue [teaching]."
It's a pity that he cannot construct a better English sentence than that.

During that brief encounter, I felt I was turned into a second-class citizen in my own country, and that I couldn't accept. I was so pissed off at him not because he has done wrong to me. It's more of like because of him, for a while I hopped into Korean haters' boat, for a while I despised listening to my favorite Korean songs in my iPod, for a while I felt not going back anymore to Korea to meet my friends again.

There are rotten potatoes all over the planet. Thinking everything will be all happy in Korea, and that all Koreans are mild-mannered, is like believing that there exists a community of heavenly creatures on Earth. Clearly, that is not the case. Reality, once again, struck me hard. I was just lucky that when I was in Korea, not even a single vile being apparated before me. Yes, I could say that my 10-month stay there was a piece of heaven on Earth. And yes, I could also say that the Philippines could be the place where fallen angels from Korea started flocking at. Now I understand more than ever why I can't blame some Filipinos for expressing negative bias toward Koreans. But then it hurts me still when I hear nasty generalizations about these people. Rotten potatoes abound in the Philippines too. We also don't have a glittering reputation in other countries...I was just deeply saddened by the fact that I, too, felt disdain towards Koreans in general--even if it was just for a while. I care for my friends back there and I guess they care for me as much. I respect my professors who have been really generous and kind-hearted to me, to describe the least. I could not just have imagined that my admiration for them could have been dispelled quite so easily with that single encounter. My supervisor almost ruined it for me, for all the good Koreans out there.

I think I will be working some place else after I graduate this summer.

21 comments:

leia said...

Awwww that's sad. So mean.

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Zacky said...

already fav this post for you..and by the way, kind of sad...

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Vera said...

sad reality elliot: there are only two kinds of people in this planet we call earth.. the a-holes and the not.

there'll be a better day for you tomorrow :D

betchay said...

you're only in your 20s... you'll encounter more people in your life... obnoxious people are everywhere...

Mariuca said...

Hola Elliot! Wow! What a rude guy huh? I bet you had to bite your tongue from lashing back at him!

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Rozella said...

Hey Elliot, that really sucks. Hope you don't take it to heart and hope you feel better soon :)

Btw, would love to exchange links!

denzyl said...

that a*hole is soo mean! just continue to be a better person and dont mind them.. smile! xoxo

sollee said...

There are some people who are educated but not cultured and some the opposite..He is old enough to realized what he did..and Elliot I really admire you for showing calmness during that time..

Farah Deen said...

wow, of course he shouldn't have done that. I am surprised that he can't even tell you that in proper english! who elected him as the big boss then? LOL

anyway, sometimes things like this happen. I guess, in South East Asia, people are not very friendly. I can bravely say the same about Malaysians too. Of course not all, but the ones who are not, they do piss you off sometimes.

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iSeL said...

we all just have to put up with their idiocy

silentsage said...

I myself, though a Korean-addict, have encountered Koreans that are not so nice. But my love for Korea hasn't wavered a bit. ^^

This just shows that there is no perfect country ^^ I love Korea not because it's perfect.

I hope you encounter better ones ^^ That guy really got on my nerves as I read your post. He really gives Koreans a bad name.

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wendy said...

omigosh that was majorly rude! I have some bad moments with Koreans myself (I also taught some Korean kids years ago) however, I also have bad experiences with american supervisors ( also worked in a call center) and likewise Filipinos so, its true bad people are everywhere and its definitely not racial we just have to keep our composure and not be like them =)

notsovictor said...

i loved the part where you said you felt like a second-class citizen in your own country. i feel that way a lot, even though i know i shouldn't :))

off-the-topic question: do people need to have graduated from college to have a part-time gig teaching english to koreans? :))

~Ivy~ said...

WTF? he did that?...

Well I do agree with you. I hate it when my fellow friends say mean things about Koreans, I have many good Koreans friends who cares for me as much as I care for them. One of them even treats me as her sister.

But you're right, there are many rotten people around, and most of then are on the PM shift ^^.. ahehe..

~하늘~

Ivy said...

WTF? he did that?...

Well I do agree with you. I hate it when my fellow friends say mean things about Koreans, I have many Korean friends who cares for me as much as I care for them. One of them even treats me as her sister.

But you're right, there are many rotten people around, and most of them are on the PM shift ^^.. ahehe.. kiddin ^^

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