Sunday, July 19, 2009
HABO 2 — North Koreans who need to learn English
HABO as in "help a brother out." The personal narrative of a lot of Anglophones in Korea —non-kyopo and kyopo alike, including a lot of non-English teachers — is that they're here "helping out Korea" and doing some good. While that's true for a lot of people I know, it's easy to see that for at least a few it's a b.s. rationalization of their, ahem, bohemian lifestyle.
Anyhoo, if you'd really like to do something that would help, go find a school or organization helping to resettled North Korean refugees. They need your help with English, not only to get ahead in the workplace but even just to get by living in Korean cities today.