Whiny, Self-Centered White People in Northeast Asia
Ampontan on the type of Canadian or sometimes American English teacher you'll often run into in these parts — The dirty little open secret. The first three paragraphs:
- WHEN BLOGGING SOFTWARE went mainstream, the native English speakers in South Korea took advantage of it more quickly than those in Japan. People with an interest in Japan also often have an interest in Korea (and vice-versa), so I began reading several of the blogs written by expatriates in that country. It soon became apparent that more than a few of them shared some attitudes with expatriates in Japan: They had very little complimentary to say about the country in which they now lived. Their posts were clogged with whiny, whingeing, self-centered rants about a nation that failed to live up to their expectations. I’d heard the same for years from foreigners in Japan; only the names and places were different.
Fancy that; they came to the other side of the world to broaden their horizons but expected everything to be much the same as it is where they came from, including television program content, informal interaction in public among strangers, and supermarkets selling bucket-sized containers of diet ice cream. You know the expression, “Youth is wasted on the young”? In this case, the experience of life overseas is wasted on the people who live overseas.
Among the reasons for this phenomenon is that some people are not as open-minded as they like to pretend when they preen in front of their psychological mirrors. Most people come to terms with a world that isn’t going to conform to one’s demands or expectations before they’ve left school. Some of those who haven’t wind up in Northeast Asia.