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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 27th, 2011 at 3:16 am

South Korean Teenagers Rank US As Nation’s Third Greatest Enemy

Their biggest enemy is of course not the nation that kidnaps ROK citizens, shoots ROK citizens in the back, sinks ROK naval ships, or even launches a artillery barrage against a civilian city:

Many teenagers think that the Republic of Korea’s greatest enemy is not North Korea but Japan, a study has found. The Korea Advanced Youth Association (한국청소년미래리더연합) and Teengora Media (틴고라미디어) surveyed 2,500 middle and high school students at over 400 schools nationwide, finding that although 63.5% believe that North Korea was responsible for the sinking of the Cheonan, 44.5% said that Japan is our greatest enemy, it was announced on June 23.  (………)

Asked about enemies, 44.5% chose Japan, 22.1% chose North Korea, 19.9% chose the United States, 12.8% chose China and 0.6% chose Russia, showing that 44.5% of teenagers believe that Japan is an enemy.  [Korea Beat]

There is more you can read at the the link, but I think what people need to draw from this survey is that Japan is ranked first because of the whole Dokdo nonsense while America continues to rank high in these type of polls because of the left wing teacher unions that I have long highlighted here at the ROK Drop.

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  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    5:16 am on June 27th, 2011 1

    Wow….I figure we easily would have come in first or second since all the parents are dragging their kids out to protests, shoving a candle in their hand so they can rail against the agent-orange polluting mob who forces them to buy and eat cheap American mad-cow tainted beef and watch all those CSI and NCIS dramas that we force the Korean networks to broadcast… :lol:

  • James McCarthy
    6:50 am on June 27th, 2011 2

    A survey done by Korea Advanced Youth Association ? What’s that ? Advanced in what ? The average Korean teenager is brain dead by then, after experiencing that fine Korean education system, that turns out robots capable of reciting the whole encyclopedia, but being unable to decide what to do if a decision needs to be made on some issue.

  • Avatar of USinKoreaUSinKorea
    6:54 am on June 27th, 2011 3

    We get the Hankyoreh delivered at our school…

  • setnaffa
    6:57 am on June 27th, 2011 4

    Well, we did block the Unification of Korea back in 1950…

    Of course, Koreans would ALL be as dirt-poor as their Nork Cousins… Those that lived, anyway…

    Useful idiots…

  • Teadrinker
    7:07 am on June 27th, 2011 5

    Bah, just wait until they’re closer to the age of recruitment. My university students are not in love with North Korea, especially the ones who’ve completed their military service.

  • matthew
    8:04 am on June 27th, 2011 6

    Its nice to know that teenagers are stupid no matter where you go.

  • Tom
    8:55 am on June 27th, 2011 7

    And American kids are anymore brighter regarding history and geography?
    Ask them about who’s their main enemy, at least half of them will say Kim Jong Il’s South Korea, never mind if they can tell the difference between Vietnam War and Korean War.
    :roll:

  • kangaji
    9:12 am on June 27th, 2011 8

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/poll-half-of-israeli-high-schoolers-oppose-equal-rights-for-arabs-1.264564

    Jew teenagers seem less tolerant than swedes.

  • Orbit
    9:53 am on June 27th, 2011 9

    lol at number 7

  • guitard
    9:54 am on June 27th, 2011 10

    Tom
    8:55 am on June 27th, 2011

    And American kids are anymore brighter regarding history and geography?
    Ask them about who’s their main enemy, at least half of them will say Kim Jong Il’s South Korea, never mind if they can tell the difference between Vietnam War and Korean War.

    No Tom. They won’t ever mention South Korea or North Korea. That’s because in the grand scheme of things – Korea is still nothing more than a little pimple on the ass of China, Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, US…and a list that goes on for a while.

    For someone who didn’t grow up in Korea – you’re incredibly ignorant about how Korea is viewed from outside Korea.

    Here’s a news flash for you: Korea is still a small fry in the world. Very few kids know about Korea – because Korea ain’t shit.

    The only reason ANY kid outside of Korea knows ANYTHING about Korea is because of K-Pop. And even that has yet to be truly proven as anything more than a passing fad.

  • kushibo
    10:01 am on June 27th, 2011 11

    Guitard, do you really think it bothers Tianjin Tom that you respond to his trolling by bashing Korea?

    Also, I think your harshness about “Korea ain’t shit” and nobody knows about it except from K-pop is a bit misguided, off the mark, and somewhat inaccurate. But that’s a post for another time, old boy.

  • Retired GI
    10:31 am on June 27th, 2011 12

    The only reason my family knows anything about Korea, is because I was there.

    But that is as unimportant as Korea itself is.

    I wonder if it would change any after we left them to their brothers up north.

    Anyone have a guess?

  • vince
    10:32 am on June 27th, 2011 13

    These are the same kids who walk into my car in an intersection.

  • kushibo
    10:38 am on June 27th, 2011 14

    This is a silly survey to begin with, misinterpreted by silly people at KoreaBeat. It asks not “who do you hate,” but who is a 주적. That’s a state that could be an enemy.

    So, in light of that, top answers #1 and #2 are the two countries that keep voicing a claim to South Korean-held land and sea, respectively. And they get considered “enemy states.” Go figure.

    Meanwhile, the nearly 20% who said the US are the implacable chinboista fringe, pro-Pyongyang (and often Pyongyang-sponsored) types who consider USFK an occupying force even though the democratically elected president and National Assembly could ask the US to leave any time they like. These are students who have swallowed the chinboista views of their chinboista teachers in the chinboista teachers’ union. The newspaper this was in is the Kyunghyang Shinmun, is a “progressive” paper with some chinboista infiltration itself.

    It’s more interesting how many are starting or continuing to view China as a threat. The survey appears a bit flawed, methinks, as it should ask what countries are potential enemy states instead of which country is the biggest potential enemy state. The order might not change much, but the anxiety toward China and Russia — on a slow burn upward but not enough yet to topple anxieties about Japan — would come into clearer focus.

    Then again, what is the point of such a survey to begin with? Who is Canada’s biggest enemy state? How about Ireland’s? America’s? I mean that non-rhetorically: What is the point of the survey?

    Six in ten don’t know such things as when the Korean War started, but whatever attitudes they hold now will very likely change as they age, as they serve in the military, and as they follow more things of substance in the news and recognize that China, for example, is a greater threat than they thought, as was the case with their immediate and distant predecessors.

    This survey, in fact, may have backfired on the chinboistas who ran it and their fellow travelers in the Kyunghyang Shinmun, once it got to Naver. Lots of adults — and they would be the ones reading this, not many students — would read this and find it, in light of the Chonan sinking, a bit perplexing and even baffling. Rather than maintaining heat toward Japan (and the current president was born there, by the way, and hasn’t shown much interest in demonizing it like his predecessor), it would give people reason to rethink any hate. Especially at a time when lots of citizens are concerned about leftist teachers in the school system trying to whip up hatred of Japan as a distraction away from North Korea, it’s possible that if this survey was intended as an attack on any group, it was aimed at those teachers.

    The Naver reactions bears this out. In the box where people are asked to rate their feelings about the article, 128 of 416 said it was instructive, 44 of 416 were “relieved” (satisfied? not sure what they mean), 17 asked if there was more, 23 of 416 said it made them angry, and a whopping 204 of 416 said it was “absurd nonsense.”

  • Tom
    12:12 pm on June 27th, 2011 15

    #10, Guitard, you are right. It’s too much to expect any intelligence from Americans whom a big chunk of them can’t even find their own country, the United States of America, on the world map – who thinks Canada, Mexico, and South America are part of the US. It would be too much to expect the ignorant hill billies to know the difference between the Vietnam War and the Korean War. After all, they’ve grown up watching chi*nky looking people with triangle hats putting their hands out to GI’s and screaming “give me 5 pis GI, me love you long time”. I guess it’s too much to expect basic amount of intelligence from a country that wrapped itself in the pride of ignorance that they were once on top, but not realizing they’re no longer so, and that the world has passed them by. You are absolutely correct.

  • Dr.Yu
    1:39 pm on June 27th, 2011 16

    No surprise at all, after all supremacy is always subject to some kind of opposition and despite of the alliance that bind our countries it’s a fact the USA has intervened many times in Korean internal affairs for the sake of their own interest ….
    I would like to see the same survey done in the USA concerning how the people there sees Korea (I’m particularly interested in the opinion of the auto union members).

  • JoeC
    1:55 pm on June 27th, 2011 17

    “it’s a fact the USA has intervened many times in Korean internal affairs for the sake of their own interest”

    I’m curious. Could you point to some examples of what you mean by that?

  • archieb
    2:47 pm on June 27th, 2011 18

    #16- You naturally assume that every American is as obsessed with Korea as Korea is with Japan and the USA? Why is that? Maybe because you know very little about the USA? You should talk to the 300,000+ Koreans who love the USA so much they are staying there illegally. Have a chat with them and it may open your eyes.

  • Tom
    2:54 pm on June 27th, 2011 19

    #18, did you pull that number out of your a$$ much? :lol:

  • kushibo
    2:56 pm on June 27th, 2011 20

    Dr Yu, thanks to the chinboistas, many people assume a higher degree US intervention in ROK domestic affairs than has actually occurred. If the US had as much control over South Korean governmental action as they think it does, then we’d have had things like fully open markets back in the 1990s, and the US would have said “screw the SOFA renegotiations.”

    ArchieB, thought I don’t exactly agree with Dr Yu, Americans themselves wouldn’t have to be obsessed with Korea for the US government itself to be sticking its nose in Korea’s bid’ness. What is your point? What is the point of bringing up illegals? Do thousands of visa-less English teachers in Korea love Korea?

  • Tom
    4:42 pm on June 27th, 2011 21

    According to US INS, the number of illegal Koreans in America has been dropping rapidly every year the last few years, like 25% or more every year, even with the new US VISA waiver program. The last count in 2010 was around 170,000 – it was around 250,000 five years ago. The number of illegal White Canadians on the other hand is far more than illegal Koreans, yet I don’t see white Americans get upset over that little fact, because the illegals are white.

  • kushibo
    5:18 pm on June 27th, 2011 22

    The number of illegal White Canadians on the other hand is far more than illegal Koreans, yet I don’t see white Americans get upset over that little fact, because the illegals are white.

    No, Tom, it’s because they supply the dope.

    Seriously, though, did you see a figure for illegal Canadians in the US? Link, please.

  • Truth
    7:50 pm on June 27th, 2011 23

    People in the US have no idea that there was a Korean War, and even less know where Korea is… most of my friends (not in the military), think most Asians are either Chinese, Japanese, or Filipino. That’s just the facts of life, outside the military, the average American is clueless of all things North or South Korean.

  • Orbit
    8:07 pm on June 27th, 2011 24

    What the hell?? What’s up with this guitard dude?? He’s just plain racist. This fool seriously have issues. Go back to alabama with your kkk attitude+ignorance, redneck. Mature people talking here.

  • guitard
    8:45 pm on June 27th, 2011 25

    @Orbit: Reality is a bitch sometimes ain’t it. If you can’t take the truth – too bad.

  • Orbit
    10:04 pm on June 27th, 2011 26

    guitard you are just a racist. quit vomitting your ignorance.

  • K
    10:21 pm on June 27th, 2011 27

    The ‘Great Britain’ is not so great compared to Korea these days, Guitard.

    Other countries mentioned are not that much better. Yeah, they have much bigger population and/or more land… It escapes me why that particular statistics is so important.

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  • guitard
    8:45 am on June 28th, 2011 29

    K
    10:21 pm on June 27th, 2011

    The ‘Great Britain’ is not so great compared to Korea these days, Guitard.

    Other countries mentioned are not that much better. Yeah, they have much bigger population and/or more land… It escapes me why that particular statistics is so important.

    Apparently it also escaped you that no one ever mentioned land size or population.

  • K
    11:46 am on June 28th, 2011 30

    The countries you mentioned do not possess the so-called national ‘superiority’ with which they can compare Korea with a pimple in their asses. Except perhaps land size and population.

  • Tom
    6:19 pm on June 28th, 2011 31

    #29, you’re wrong K. Those countries are White. And that’s good enough for people like Guitard.

  • Yankee Damashii
    6:24 pm on June 28th, 2011 32

    I have to wonder about the accuracy of those surveys. If they were conducted by reputable polling organizations like Pew or Gallup (or whatever the Korean equivalent of those are), I’d be more inclined to take them at face value. I realize that there is a lot of resentment toward Japan and the US in South Korea, and that a lot of teenagers are stupid, but at the same time I have also seen a big improvement in relations over the past few years. For example, I remember several K-Pop groups saying nice things about Japan, and South Korean netizens saying they were impressed by Japan’s response to the earthquake and tsunami. Americans I talk to who’ve visited Korea recently have been treated nicely there, and I haven’t heard of any major anti-American riots like there were back in the early 2000′s. It probably helps that they don’t have a President who deliberately aggravates things like Roh did, and then there’s the whole “Obama Effect” where other nations like us better because President Obama is just so gosh darn charismatic. Additionally, North Korea has been taking so many cheap shots at South Korea lately that a lot of South Koreans must have woken up and realized that the Kim regime is not their friend, regardless of what the left-wing propaganda machine says. Anyway, I’m optimistic about the future of relations between South Korea and both the United States and Japan.

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    7:19 am on June 29th, 2011 33

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