I think there are going to continue to be problems when you mix young American families with Korean residents, but at least a get together like this will let each side air their grievances:
Reporting from Dongducheon, South Korea —
The ruckus started with the bowling ball incident.
Several months ago, somebody tossed a 16-pound ball from a 12th-floor window at the World Meridien apartments here, a projectile that residents complained could have crushed any unlucky person standing below.
And thus began a social tug of war between some Korean and American residents in this quaint town of 90,000 an hour’s drive north of Seoul.Thanks to a U.S. military housing policy introduced in February, 1,000 service families moved to off-base housing nationwide, often next door to Korean families.
More than 4,000 Americans converged on Dongducheon, home to the Army‘s 2nd Infantry Division. In some cases, the foreign newcomers made up nearly half an apartment complex’s population.
What followed was a clash of cultures, with complaints about rambunctious American dogs on the one side, and frosty Koreans on the other.
Dongducheon Mayor Oh Se-chang consulted with U.S. military officials before finally proposing a unique solution: In regular social gatherings, the two sides hold cultural exchanges and talk out their differences, an exercise in international relations on a neighborhood scale.
Recently, about 400 Dongducheon residents near Camp Casey, the main military base here, gathered around long tables Oktoberfest-style. Drinking beer and Korean makgeolli, a rice wine, they belted out verses of John Denver‘s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” as well as a Korean ballad about loneliness, “Firefly.” [LA Times]
I am just wondering if the soldiers living in the Korean apartment can sort out their garbage better than their American counterparts living in Hanam Village?