Saturday, July 15, 2017

"South Korea's Brain Drain"

Here's an article about how Korea's "Hell Chosun" atmosphere is driving out its brightest minds. Here's a snippet:

But beneath this veneer of “Gangnam Style” glitz and first-world efficiency lies a different story. Ask most Seoulites in their 20s and 30s about living in Korea, and you’re likely to hear a litany of complaints. This trait is especially acute in the country’s highly educated youths, particularly amongst those who have worked or studied abroad.

The 2016 IMD World Talent report ranked South Korea 46th out of 61 countries on its Brain Drain Index, placing it below less developed nations like India and the Philippines. The same report listed South Korea 47th countries on quality of life, and a pitiful 59th on worker motivation.

In recent years, young South Koreans have begun referring to the country as “Hell Chosun,” a reference to the Chosun Dynasty that lasted on the peninsula for 500 years, until the late 19th century. While “hell” is certainly hyperbole, if not outright offensive to those who live in war zones and abject poverty, the emergence of this phrase provides insight into Korean youths’ perceptions of their society.

Heo Seung-hee left South Korea in 2011 and now works as a registered nurse in Sydney, Australia. Before emigrating, she was employed at one of the most prestigious hospitals in Seoul.

“My strongest motivation to leave was the work culture,” she said. “There was really bad corruption. The doctors and nurses only get jobs because they graduated from a specific university or knew the right people.”

This idea of earning the right credentials and making the right contacts is drilled in from an early age. South Korea places enormous pressure on its youth. From elementary school onward, most students must attend an array of extracurricular cram schools to help them outpace their peers, often working late into the night to complete their assignments. These years of effort have only one goal: to prepare them for the ultra-competitive and life-defining college entrance exam.

After a brief stint of soju-infused bonding at university, the men are sent off for around two years of national service, usually in the military or police. Later, when they begin to look for work, Koreans of both genders must slog through months or years of part time jobs, unpaid internships, and qualifying exams just to enter a workforce that is conservative, as hierarchical as the military, and dominated by men.

“There was really bad gender discrimination,” said Heo. “Anyone that was male would ask me to bring them coffee. When we went to a hoesik [a company dinner], I had to sit next to them and pour alcohol for them. I felt uncomfortable, but it was a very common practice.”

There's much more. Go read the rest.


  1. I've actually met several young women who felt the same way as those described in this article. They also hated the pressure to marry well and the whole obedience to parents requirement. One gal summed it up by saying "why do I want to leave Korea? So I can be me."

  2. “There was really bad gender discrimination. Anyone that was male would ask me to bring them coffee. When we went to a hoesik, I had to sit next to them and pour alcohol for them. I felt uncomfortable, but it was a very common practice.”

    You know what's "bad gender discrimination"? Korean men in the flower of youth having to spend two years under soul-crushing compulsory military service while their female counterparts hang out at Starfucks all day liking pictures on Instagram, or traveling to Bali and banging Aussie surfers. If you can't tell a guy to get his own coffee, I wonder if you're able to wipe your own ass?

    Even after starting their own families, the obligation to fulfill filial duties is a deeply ingrained societal restraint that can force people into careers and relationships that they find deeply unsatisfying. A culture of conformity and respect for authority (which is often based on age, rather than qualification) can give the feeling of entrapment under an endless array of shifting responsibilities.

    Oh, how terrible! Filial piety and respect for those who helped build up the society and wealth you now take for granted are so oppressive! Traditional values are bad, strong families are bad! Narcissistic individualism and a collapse of all authority are good!

    What the fuck am I reading? This is straight-up globalist propaganda that views the entire world through the prism of deracinated individualism and a fetishization of economic growth at the expense of all else. It's bullshit.

    Here's an idea: Don't go to college. Become a plumber or mechanic instead. The guy who recently installed my air conditioner did it in an hour and it cost W100,000. If he does five jobs per day, he can clear W10 million per month. Sounds like a pretty good living to me, but delicate entitled Korean youth are too brainwashed by propaganda like that of The Diplomat to think that if they don't get a meaningless, boring-as-fuck desk job at Samesucks they're total losers.

    Let these softies and whingers flee to other countries. From a group-evolutionary perspective, their removal from the local gene pool will only help strengthen and enhance what remains.

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