It's not that I know many Korean laws. In fact, that might not even be neccessary, depending on money and status only, it looks to me like you can do everything in this country. As democracy has to be anchored in peoples' minds, especially after decades of dictatorship
and before that, being under Japanese rule
that developement needs some time - but beside that, there are laws who just make me laugh. Tolerance for other cultures, yes, but read this one first before you crucify me:
2001 was the year in which the government abolished a law: It stated that women are not allowed to smoke outside. Smoking inside was fine. Can you believe that? Sounds like this stems from the dark-ages and not the 21st century. I noticed on April 11th
, that there are no women smoking outside, and that the image of a smoking women is bad. People, I'm a guy who supports the Norwegian
idea of gender-equality, just take a look at their parliament. Also, although, I'm against smoking in general, don't get me wrong here: In the first place I'm shaking my head about the idea itself. This law must be well grounded, and when I find out what it is, I'll post it here. I can't think of a reason except some bureaucratic jerks in the government had a bad day. After looking for it on the net, I found another example
. There's a pretty harsh article about Animal Law
, too. If you like dogs and cats, don't open the link. Another article
about the gay community in Korea mentiones a funny law in the first paragraph.
In a discussion with students in class, the men said they think that women shouldn't smoke. The reasoning was "it's the law" and "it's bad for babies" - despite the fact that most women are not really always
pregnant, not to mention second-hand smoke
from men. Now, I wonder if there are laws like this in Germany which I agree to unreflecting. I bet there are some, but I can't think of any.
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If you plan to teach in Korea, look at this page, the texts are funny and very useful: Teach Korea