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David S. Wills

Meeting a Messiah

November 11th, 2009
by David S. Wills

DAEGU, KOREA

His name was Daniel and I think he was a paedophile. Whether he was or he wasn’t, he certainly was a violent and delusional man, and his brief stint in my life was alarmingly full of coincidence and fear.

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David S. Wills

The Magic Hat

October 9th, 2009
by David S. Wills

DAEGU, KOREA -

I didn’t look at a clock or my watch all day. Time ceased to be of any consequence. But not too long after the sun had risen, and well before it hit that point in the sky that said it was midday, we set out to see what Kelly called “real Korea”. When she said those words and showed some optimism I never doubted her for a second. Usually my cynical side kicks in and I laugh silently at anyone when they grow enthusiastic about something I dislike, but I trusted her fully.

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Hagwon: The First Day

September 23rd, 2009
by David S. Wills

DAEGU, KOREA -

I woke to the most awesome bright light. It was insufferably bright, in fact, and hurt my head tremendously. I could hear a terrible pounding and I wasn’t sure if that was the headache or the light making me crazy, but after a minute of lying there, I realised it was my door.

“Dude!” Thomas said, laughing almost to the point of falling down the stairs. “Holy shit!”

“Fuck off,” I told him. “What the fuck are you makin’ that goddamn racket for? Banging on my door at this hour…”

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Why I Support Iran (and Cameroon)

June 23rd, 2009
by David S. Wills

DAEGU, S. KOREA -

I recall an incident last summer when I was almost lynched in downtown Daegu by a hundred angry Korean football fans… It was the 2008 Olympics, and while the rest of the world focussed on the sport, Korea was obsessed – as always – with national pride and the supposed superiority of their people.

Every restaurant and bar had a TV tuned to the Olympics, and not for one moment did they show an event that didn’t include a Korean participant. This might seem strange to people from countries where the population is interested in the plight of others, but that’s not the strangest part… When Korean TV showed Korean athletes competing, they’d cut the broadcast before the Korean participant had lost. Sometimes they’d simply edit the match to make it look like the Korea had one when they hadn’t, or to make it look like they’d always been in control when they had won.

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Roe Moo-hyun and Korea’s Suicidal Tendency

May 29th, 2009
by David S. Wills

DAEGU, KOREA -

In collectivist societies, suicide is often a common and honourable thing. Well, perhaps it’s not honourable exactly, but rather it is connected to honour and the prevention of increasing dishonour.

The recent suicide of Roe Moo-hyun brought this problem to light. Of course, in a country that pretends fan death is real as a way of hiding the number of deaths brought on by alcohol and suicide, one must expect a certain amount of farce to ensue. Here, people say that Roe ‘died’ and that he fell in an accident. Nobody mentions his suicide note.

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David S. Wills

외국인

March 8th, 2009
by David S. Wills

DAEGU, KOREA -

Did you know that you are a foreigner? No matter who you are, where you are, as long as you are not a native Korean, you are a foreigner…

I might not be an expert in speaking Korean, but there are a few things I can understand. Indeed, there were a few things I could understand when I first came here with no knowledge of the language whatsoever. Shit, some things are just plain universal. Cultural differences here mean that even when language is not an issue, conveying an idea can be tough, but at other times it’s all so crystal clear: there is nothing subtle about Koreans.

When I first got here I kept asking people why Koreans were constantly staring at me. I thought maybe they mistook me for some handsome movie star, but alas, ignorant racism turned out to be the culprit. I thought it strange an entire group of people could be so unified in hatred (this might sound like a naïve comment, but I’m a white Scottish guy and this is the first time I’ve seen proper racism). Why would these fuckers just stare and stare? Surely they could hate me and not stare at me… But no, Koreans are so rude that they don’t care.

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On Kimchi

February 23rd, 2009
by David S. Wills

DAEGU, KOREA-

Indeed, it may be “the cabbage you can ravage with the chilli paste taste,” but kimchi isn’t that amazing. I mean, taste is subjective and everything, but can anything really be so awesome that an entire nation of people could be obsessed with it? Even in America people vary their fast-food diets. One day it’s fried chicken and the next it’s hamburgers, and sometimes it’s a pizza. But in Korea, people are so crazy about kimchi that it goes beyond ridiculous. It’s something that has to be experienced to be understood, and I think it’s impossible to exaggerate the love Koreans have for their national dish.

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