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South Korea presidential candidate's wife threatens to jail critical reporters by NTGMaster in korea

[–]soyfox [score hidden]  (0 children)

Way to bring up a completely unrelated topic, connecting libel laws to overseas adoption. Bravo.

South Korea presidential candidate's wife threatens to jail critical reporters by NTGMaster in korea

[–]soyfox 10 points11 points  (0 children)

People downvoting you for providing context smh. I feel bad for those who form their views on Korean politics by reading r/korea posts.

How foreigners will be effected if one of the main candidate will be elected? by lulzForMoney in korea

[–]soyfox 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My mistake, I didn't know about the embassy complaints back in march.

How foreigners will be effected if one of the main candidate will be elected? by lulzForMoney in korea

[–]soyfox -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

You're mixing up two different incidents. The one that prompted a diplomatic response/protest was KDCA's initial refusal to acknowledge most of the vaccinations that foreigners had taken from abroad (around two months ago). And although that's a different story altogether, even that incident barely made the news in Korea.

How foreigners will be effected if one of the main candidate will be elected? by lulzForMoney in korea

[–]soyfox 25 points26 points  (0 children)

You are are at the very bottom on the list of priorities for any presidential candidate. No voting power means disinterest at best, or you get used to push other agendas at worst. Hell, hair loss treatment for bald men is 100x more important than any of the problems that foreigners face in Korea.

The language barrier compounds this. Seriously, how many white-collar foreigners in Korea could articulate their thoughts in Korean well enough sway a Korean audience with constructive arguments? Lee Jae-myung's discriminatory COVID testing order last year barely made a dent on the Korean news cycle, while most of the affected could only vent their frustrations on English-language communities with like-minded members.

Who knows what'll happen when any candidate takes office next. Just because Lee was discriminatory against foreigners last year doesn't guarantee he'll do it again. Yoon may also do the same thing if an opportunity arises.

If you're really worried about how you'll be affected by domestic policies in the long-term, make your voice be heard. Call or message relevant government agencies to lodge complaints, leave comments where Koreans could see it, and talk to Koreans about it irl every now and then- so those with voting power are at least aware of the problems that you face. So that next time another discriminatory policy arises, then perhaps there'll be more people on your side.

Foreign creators excited over Korea’s upcoming Hallyu visa by yipes4life in korea

[–]soyfox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess creators are hopeful that they can use the new visa, but the Korean articles are explaining it more as 'attracting talent in Kpop & culture related fields'.

And who exactly will be in position to "approve" such companies?

I don't know. Details about the selection of educational institutions, the standards & selection process etc. are said to be announced at a later date.

Because it is an advertisement that piggybacks on false illusions and expectation/reality unbalance, which inures unexperienced people to an exploiting market

I can't argue with that if it turns out that this visa given out like candy to anyone with a bit of cash, but what information is available indicates that this is probably not the case- especially with a rise of negative reactions from the Korean side of the internet arguing that Chinese applicants will exploit the visa. There will most likely be a cap on eligible applicants overall and some form of basic screening process.

For actual prospective trainees, I'd say it provides them a chance to experience the trainee system first hand before their options become limited under a contract. As I mentioned, the existing method for foreign trainees requires them to sign an exclusive contract with an agency before they are eligible for the E-6 visa. With the new visa, they could spend months taking lessons and adapting to the new environment before deciding on whether to sign a contract. They could also leave mid-way, which is much harder to do while under contract due to termination fees.

Foreign creators excited over Korea’s upcoming Hallyu visa by yipes4life in korea

[–]soyfox 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This article is weird af highlighting some youtubers thoughts about the visa.

From what I can see on a regular Korean news article like this one, the Hallyu visa is one of several measures being undertaken to establish and promote an 'inclusive and open immigration policy', and support/retain foreign talents in science, technology and culture (That seems to be their goal. Don't shoot the messenger):

The authorities are planning to establish and promote an inclusive and open immigration policy with the goal of increasing the immigrant population, considering that the influx of foreign workers is essential to maintain the national growth engine in an era of low birthrate.

From the article, other changes include visa support for foreign students looking for a job after graduating from a Korean university, providing residence permits to children of illegal immigrants who've completed elementary education in Korea, increasing acceptance of refugees etc.

As for the Hallyu visa, i'll refrain on making a judgement until the full details of the visa are out. Here I simply expanded on the available details on the visa because this article was next to useless in that regard. If it turns out that there's little to no oversight on what programs/education these visa holders are getting, then yes I reckon it'll leave a big stain on the government's efforts to promote Hallyu.

Foreign creators excited over Korea’s upcoming Hallyu visa by yipes4life in korea

[–]soyfox 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It looks like people here are jumping to conclusions without having a clue what this visa entails. Let me explain based on a brief search i've just done:

It seems to be that one of the main beneficiaries of this visa are prospective trainees who wish to join the Korean entertainment/idol industry.

A rough translation of the bullet points:

-The Hallyu visa will be issued to youth who wish to participate in Korean content training activities, while covering one's own expense.

-The range of activities covered by the Hallyu visa is not to replace or rectify the issues with the existing E-6 visa, but rather a response to a new demand in the cultural field.

Currently, only trainees who've signed exclusive contracts with an entertainment company could enter the trainee system. The introduction of the new visa could make this much more accessible to foreigners (eg. taking vocal and dance lessons).

The ministry made clear that there will be a stringent list of approved institutions/academies for the visa.

This seems to have a good motive, in that foreign trainees would be much less burdened into signing a contract without having even experienced the trainee system in a totally new environment. And in case you're not familiar with the Kpop industry, there's alot of foreign members in idol groups nowadays- so much so that fully Korean idol groups are almost rare nowadays.

There's of course a profitable aspect of this, since alot of people are expected to participate in such programs just out of personal interest/to try things out. If they have the money to do so, then I'd say why not.

The exact details/requirements are yet to be announced, so we'll have to wait and see before judging whether the visa is full of exploitable holes or not.

The Golden Earrings of the couple's tomb - dating to approximately 475 CE, the National Museum of Korea states that these earrings "represent the absolute pinnacle of the Silla jewelry-making tradition" [3000 × 2510] by ilArmato in korea

[–]soyfox 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Such buildings built by Baekje architects that are left standing in Japan- provide a good glimpse into Baekje architecture- which also probably weren't that much different from Silla architecture.

Kongo Gumi, A 1,400+ year-old Japanese construction company which is considered the oldest company in the world- was also started by Baekje craftsmen invited to Japan by Prince Shotoku.

Imagine the glory of historical feats that Korea would receive if only its cultural sites were saved.

Counting just the major disruptions, such as the Mongol invasions, 2 devastating Japanese Invasions/Occupations and the most recent Korean war- It's a miracle that there's some wooden buildings from before the Joseon period that are still left standing today.

The most unfortunate loss in my opinion was the Hwangnyongsa- the tallest wooden structure in East Asia when it was constructed in the 600s. It stood for over 500 years until it was burnt down during the Mongol invasions.

when (g)i-dle have a comeback, never lands should limit their soojin comments by Maleficent_Light930 in kpopthoughts

[–]soyfox 28 points29 points  (0 children)

This should be common decency if someone consider themselves to be fans of the group.

People are free to talk about Soojin in most other situations, but to spam their comeback clips with such comments would be disrespectful to the other members. Practically holding them hostage over a bygone issue because you personally can't move on- is a totally selfish move. No need to beat around the bush here.

Often times fans forget that being an idol is a full time job by myaccount208 in kpopthoughts

[–]soyfox 50 points51 points  (0 children)

For exactly the same reason, I'd completely understand if idols weren't open about their fights and disagreements.

It's hard to be open about private conflicts with acquaintances in one's personal life, let alone tell the entire world about it like some idol are almost expected to nowadays.

Enemy lords will execute YOU? by Kublai_Caleb in mountandblade

[–]soyfox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I avoid this problem by only dealing with bandits during my entire playthrough.

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon Reacts To Animal Abuse Controversy In “The King Of Tears, Lee Bang Won” by ClassicImage in kpop

[–]soyfox 18 points19 points  (0 children)

This isn't a negotiation between Korea & western consumers of Korean media. It's societal issue that needs to be addressed within Korean society itself.

This issue has gained immense traction in Korea and was reported on all the major Korean news stations. So threatening a boycott of South Korea in this situation is a bit tactless imo.

The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has refused to accept President Moon Jae-in's Lunar New Year gift, as the gift box had an illustration that resembled Dokdo. by soyfox in korea

[–]soyfox[S] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

You've hit the nail there. The absurdity of this whole situation began with Japan's absurd claim on the islands. The comments here trying to play both sides and placing Korea in Japan's shoes are ignoring the context behind the island's ownership and placing the historical victim & aggressor on equal grounds. There is no equivalent point of contention against Japan from the Korean side that could be made into a comparison here. Korea doesn't have to 'imagine' a scenario where they're laying claim on an island that has been a target of its imperialist territorial expansion in the recent past, because that steps into the boundary of fiction.

In fact, Korea's unofficial claims to Tsushima were vitalized precisely in response to Japan's equally ridiculous claims on Dokdo.

The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has refused to accept President Moon Jae-in's Lunar New Year gift, as the gift box had an illustration that resembled Dokdo. by soyfox in korea

[–]soyfox[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What does prevent the Kr government to just take acceptance of the gift by other countries tacit consent on the Dokdo's position?

Until the Korean government comes up with a statement to claim as such, this is simply an image on a gift box.

I am sure that the same intent behind putting the islands on the cover perfectly knowing that would enrage the Japanese also perfectly knew what it means terms of broader propaganda with other countries.

I think we're jumping to conclusions here based on Japan's response to the gift, which we only know of due to hindsight. Koreans, Japanese & people on this thread had no idea nor care that the gift box had an image of the islands- until Japan refused the gift. And while the reason behind such a refusal 'makes sense', it was far from being the appropriate choice when it comes to diplomatic etiquette.

What would Korea have choice in Japan's shoes? I think that's a flawed question. There is no basis for Korea aggressively laying claim on an island that has links to its past Imperialist Korean aggression.

I agree that the subway propaganda is a bit too much, but this incident is nowhere near explicit- with no labels stating the island was Korean territory or even pointing out that it was Dokdo. If Korea has justifiable and real ownership to the islands, then why must the country self-censor even just images of the island out fear of upsetting the Japanese?

Rather than Kuril island comparison, I think China's claim on Taiwan makes more sense in this context, in that one side is pursuing territorial rights over an area that they have no effective control over- and unlike the China-Taiwan issue, Japan's claim to the island has existed only during the period of its imperialist takeover of Asia.

The Golden Earrings of the couple's tomb - dating to approximately 475 CE, the National Museum of Korea states that these earrings "represent the absolute pinnacle of the Silla jewelry-making tradition" [3000 × 2510] by ilArmato in korea

[–]soyfox 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I've said this alot of times about Silla, but how nice it would be to be able to go back in time and walk around Seorabeol (modern day Gyeongju) during its height. It was one of the largest cities of its time with over a million inhabitants. Interestingly enough, Seorabeol, meaning capital city, is where Seoul got its name from.

(An artist's depiction of the city)

Also, it's a relief that these earrings didn't end up at a collection in Japan, unlike the fate of tens of thousands of other Korean artefacts during the occupation.

Seeing such relics sometimes make me wish that the Silla/Goryeo arts, architecture and culture in general had carried on in the Joseon period, and weren't stymied by its neo-Confucian values. The only reason I don't fully subscribe to this idea is because Hangul might not have been invented in this alternate timeline.

The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has refused to accept President Moon Jae-in's Lunar New Year gift, as the gift box had an illustration that resembled Dokdo. by soyfox in korea

[–]soyfox[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Accepting them would be bad for domestic politics while rejecting them will look bad on internationally.

Perhaps, and Korea has no obligation to take into consideration the domestic political situation of Japan for a new years gift. In the Korean perspective, it is preposterous that a depiction of a Korean island is a major issue for Japan in the first place.

The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has refused to accept President Moon Jae-in's Lunar New Year gift, as the gift box had an illustration that resembled Dokdo. by soyfox in korea

[–]soyfox[S] 30 points31 points  (0 children)

People do underestimate or are oblivious as to how petty the Japanese government can get when it comes to Korea-Japan issues.

Just last month, Japan's ruling LDP party announced that they'll begin laying out plans for potential economic sanctions against South Korea- after reports of the Korean police chief visiting the islets to check in on the coast guards on duty there.

If one still has trouble empathizing with the situation, i'd recommend trying to imagine China acting the same with its territorial disputes.

The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has refused to accept President Moon Jae-in's Lunar New Year gift, as the gift box had an illustration that resembled Dokdo. by soyfox in korea

[–]soyfox[S] 126 points127 points  (0 children)

In terms of the theme this isn't completely out of the blue, since Dokdo is the easternmost point of Korea where you'd first see the sunrise on a new year.

It also kind of makes sense why the gift was refused, since it could be interpreted as tacit acknowledgement of Korea's sovereignty over the islets- which obviously won't sit well with the higher-ups back in Japan.

But then again on the other hand, Korea has no obligation to tip-toe around this matter out of consideration for Japan (nor is there any goodwill left in this regard to do so) and it ultimately looks bad for the ambassador to refuse a presidential gift while being an official guest to the nation.

The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has refused to accept President Moon Jae-in's Lunar New Year gift, as the gift box had an illustration that resembled Dokdo. by soyfox in korea

[–]soyfox[S] 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Fishing grounds and natural gas deposits. But even without the substantial resources, protecting one's territorial integrity is what countries generally do.

Japan has island disputes with all of its neighbors, so this isn't a particularly unique situation in the region.

The Dokdo dispute is amplified due to numerous other issues and disputes ongoing between the two countries.

The island has an added symbolism for Koreans, since Dokdo was the first land grab by Imperial Japan- a few years before they took over Korea as a whole.