So, the original editorial I wrote in the post https://therealsouthkorea.wordpress.com/2007/08/13/a-better-solution-to-the-long-term-need-for-english/ is now published and public. It’s at this address: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2007/09/137_9355.html
**warning: this url appears to change constantly & so you may need to just google “Long-Term Need for English” to find this, if interested. Also, it’s a little long winded…so not sure if you really want to find this. 😉
Funny thing…I already have two responses to the editorial. The first is as follows from Gerard Light who appears to be a lover of the Japanese diaspora. He writes….
“Dear Mr. Brandon,
having read your article with a big smile, I just have to inform you that Rep of Korea is (now 13th) largest economy in the World. Furthermore the size of an economy has nothing to do with the area (size) of the country.
With regard to the population, Rep of Korea is a relatively developed nation whereas many countries with larger populations
are still in their infancy regarding economic development. ie. Pakistan, Nigeria to name a couple.
Your notion that South Korea will somehow pass Japan, economically or in any other way in the next ten years or at any time in the future is absolutely absurd, and shows naivety of the highest level. South Korea will never beat the standard of living Japan enjoys!
South korea is at the end of the day an unattractive country to visit. There is very little to see, English is not widely spoken
and why would I want to come to korea? When I could visit China or Japan?
If Koreans don’t learn to speak English properly in the next 5 to 10 years I am afraid they will lose out to their neighbours, which they are already doing. The World doesn’t need South korea for anything in particular or is there something Korea has that we all should have and don’t have already?
Thanks Gerard. I appreciate your comments, but I didn’t say Korea “will” surpass Japan. Plus, I admire the Japanese actually more than the Koreans in a lot of ways. I’m writing about Korea because I’m in Korea and know this society better than Japan. I have many GREAT Japanese friends, but honestly, the Japanese, in general don’t like the Koreans for reasons I can sometimes understand, but unfortunately, it would take a long time for them to accept me. Thus, my lack of understanding their culture or desire to learn more beyond what I know. At the same time, my good friends and I are going to create a version of the Korpedia.info website for the Japanese & hopefully, I’ll become as enlightened as you appear to be. 🙂
Also, I’m sorry that the article was titled something else. It may have made it appear different from my intentions. I wanted to just say instead of sending kids abroad, how about making the country a little more English friendly. That’s all…you seem to write as if I was making some bigger claim or set of claims. I just made a point of saying we need more “English friendly websites…” Not a big deal nor something that you seem to be very passionate about replying to and arguing otherwise. Entertaining, to say the least…