I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, one who would condone the spraypainting of graffitti. Even the ‘urban art’ thing. Give the bastards some brushes and cleaning solution, and make ’em do something useful for a change. Pay ’em to do it, even. If they spray paint even one word, arrest the little bastards, and put ’em to work.
Now, despite this aversion to defacement I feel, this image (popup, 16k) from Page 3 of today’s Korea Times annoys the hell out of me, because it speaks so eloquently of Koreans’ endless ability to either blame their problems on other people, or shine the light of disapproval on the Outsider, while ignoring their own failings. The mote in your brother’s eye, and all that crap. Find this halfwit Cedric and his hydrocephalic girlfriend Andrea and make them scrub the throat-oysters off subway platforms for a while, sure, but don’t turn a blind eye to the endless acts of incivility and filthmongering your own people do, every goddamn day, you sanctimonious, self-important bastards!
(Whew. That feels better.)
If you’ve been following the Korea-related rantings of the wonderchicken for any length of time at all, you know how I feel about the filth and pollution that a city dweller here in Korea must wallow through. I really wish I had that digital camera I want to buy, just so I could show you some of the refuse-handiwork around my neighbourhood, by way of comparison. Later, maybe.


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  1. Thank you! I saw that exact same picture and wondered why my foreigner coworkers didn’t think the comment under the picture wasn’t offensive.
    Although I will say the Korean graffitti I pass by every day is a lot more legible than some of my coworker’s handwriting.

  2. Sometimes the annoyance just bubbles over the edge of the pot, and I go temporarily wobbly, you know?
    Part of living in Korea, I guess. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Torgodevil.

  3. graffitti is a work of art when it is practiced.adults take evrything teens do and say that it’s a bad thing.why not help kids and teens find things to do? instead of building those damn old people homes try spendin a lil cash on something for teens. they are lost in a world of condemning elders with nothing to do but brak the law and rules set by their forerulers.so why not give them a chance to prove how beautiful they can be and how beautiful things are that they do and stop condemning them. REMEMBER:YOU WERE ONCE A TEEN IN SEARCH OF FUN!!!!!

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