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Blaming the East 
18th-Aug-2008 08:50 pm
Unfortunately, many ex-UBFers, especially those from the West, tend to project their rightfully negative view of the UBF practices on Korea and on the Confucian countries in general, mainly China where Confucianism takes its roots. Let me suggest that this is as narrow-minded a point of view as the one propagated by the UBF leaders. Theirs is the us-versus-them mentality: if you're not with us, you're against us. Automatically then, as if adhering to the UBF morale they criticize so much, the ex-UBFers are essentially doing the same by saying things like "the Chinese are copycats", "Confucianism lacks inventiveness", "the Chinese regime is not legitimate since it is not a democracy" and the like.

I really hate to have entered a discussion on mostly political and moral issues on China recently, but then again, I did not start making outrightly racist statements like "the Chinese regime is not legitimate" and the like, in the first place. 

Blaming Koreans, Chinese and Confucians proper is probably the easiest way to shift the responsibility for having made one's own mistakes, for one's own inability to deal with the post-exit trauma. However, is it really the best one? All of the ex-UBFers, including my humble self, are the only ones responsible for ones' own lives and their future. I for one won't get down to the level of blaming the not-so-insignificant part of human civilization for my personal problems. 
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20th-Aug-2008 12:30 am (UTC)
outrightly racist statements like "the Chinese regime is not legitimate"

It sounds like you guys have clashed in the past over these types of issues. I just need to observe that "the Chinese regime is not legitimate" is not a racist statement. It's a political or moral statement. And I wish you could have preserved at least some of your contributions to that conversation with Chris because you made a point that I think really needs to be made to counter UBF's perennial excuse that they're the victims of "cultural misunderstandings"; the point that the behavior of UBF Koreans in the UBF system does not reflect on the character or behavior of "ordinary" Koreans.
20th-Aug-2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Yes, that was exactly my point: UBF Koreans and ordinary Koreans are very different. Of course they are influenced by the same (Confucian, right) culture, but this is no excuse for the UBF evil practices of forced marriages (oh sorry, marriage by faith), family separation (training) and so on. Besides, being stationed on the American or European soil, the UBF people must abide by the rules of the countries they're staying in.

The point I have been stressing repeatedly is that it is dangerous to project one's own negative experience with UBF on the Asians in general and on China and Korea in particular. The statement "Chinese regime is illegitimate" IS racist since the background is: Chinese culture is Confucian-->In teh confucianist environmetn, you're supposed to copy things and people-->copying DVDs and cars is what teh Chinese are doing-->such copying practices are internationally recognized as illegal-->the Chinese regime is illegal. So basically it's like claiming teh whole Confucian culture is illegal, well that's racist as it gets. Even Tiananmen got into this crippled logic somehow: since in Confucianism you're not supposed to challenge the authority, the Chinese government thought it OK to kill the protesterss; killing civilians is illegal; china is illegal. YOu see, one can go on a lot like this referring to common (Western) values and so on.

The truth is, the REAL backgroung behind these rash statements is the inability to cope with one's own trauma caused by UBF, it's the desire to find a scapegoat.

If a UBF person thinks that he's a victim of cultural misunderstandings, then the best thing for him is to learn the local culture before starting to preach (what he thinks is) the Word of God.
22nd-Aug-2008 12:55 am (UTC)
"Yes, that was exactly my point: UBF Koreans and ordinary Koreans are very different. Of course they are influenced by the same (Confucian, right) culture, ..."

Why did you then make such a big fuzz? We all know that and never claimed anything different.

"... but this is no excuse for the UBF evil practices of forced marriages (oh sorry, marriage by faith), family separation (training) and so on."

And where did anybody of us use write or imply anything like that?
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