Korean Man Fights the System with a Crossbow
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  • FredR

    From the article:

    “Until this year, all judges were selected based on their scores on an annual written examination, regardless of formal education, and then prepared for the bench at a government training center.

    “Because judges aren’t elected and we don’t have a jury system, the public has no power of oversight,” said Kim Dae-in of the Good Law group. “The whole system is vulnerable to corruption and mistrust.”

    A blind examination process was one of our big innovations to reduce corruption. Democratic accountability often just means a spoils system, and using degrees over test scores as your selection criteria strikes me as more and not less feudal.

  • BigFire

    In many Asian society, implicit class structure still exist. Judges and bureaucrats exist in the government class, and they ARE different and expected to be treated differently.

  • Gary L

    Machiavelli (The Prince, Chapter 9) enunciates one of the eternal verities of every society and culture: “…the people do not wish to be ruled or oppressed by the nobles, and the nobles wish to rule and oppress the people..”

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Korean culture has always been more pugnacious than Chinese or Japanese culture, and with many decades now of exposure to the superior (There is no arguing with success) American culture, the Asian “face” culture has been mostly replaced by the more civilized “seeking the truth” culture of the West.

  • Rob L

    Haha.. Asians will act differently when with other Asians than in front of Europeans/Americans to project a better image.

    That being said we Koreans have been known to show our emotions closer to the surface than our Japanese neighbors.. you’ll know when you’ve pissed off a Korean but a Japanese? Good luck!

    Stereotypes.. yes, and there are exceptions to the rule. Nonetheless I’d say Koreans are more likely to wear their hearts on their sleeves.

  • Corlyss

    I never quite believed the stereotype applied to Koreans. Not since my 10th grade history teacher remarked that “the Koreans are Asia’s Italians.” I do believe the stereotype applies to the Asian powerhouses, the Chinese and the Japanese. They are entirely too docile for their own good.

  • Drew Young

    Crazy to think this actually happened. What a move for a math teacher to pull- just goes to show one person can make a big impact on the system. I just heard there is a movie based on this story called “Unbowed”, and it’s being shown at the Look East Film Festival in LA this month. Hoping they did justice to the true events, and it’s definitely worth checking out. If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area the last weekend you should go- I’m working with the festival, and really excited about this opportunity to share Mr. Kim’s story with the American public.

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