Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stating the Obvious

Lately, this article has been all over the expat blogosphere. Basically it is an "expose" (stupid Korean computer won't give me a traditional accent over the 'e') on how difficult it is for foreigners to access basic services, especially online and with any type of banking. It's kind of a 'no shit Sherlock' for foreigners to read about but apparently breaking news for the rest of the country. Anyways, what amused me is this quote:

In a survey conducted by the YMCA from November to December, the association found that 72 percent, or 58 students, of the total 81 respondents had trouble using financial services here.

Are you telling me that over the course of an entire month they were only able to survey 81 people? There are 1.1 million foreigners with the highest concentration in Seoul. I find this slightly ridiculous. I will agree though that unless you have a buddy who is bilingual, using any internet service in Korea is nearly impossible. And let's face it, if you are using your credit card online you really want to be able to read what's going on. It's one thing to click and experiment in the Korean version of Power Point, it's quite another when you are whipping out your Visa.

Tonight I'm going out dancing, and since I'm heading into Busan there will probably be more ridiculous Konglish pictures tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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