It is an annual rite of spring for college instructors across Korea. The inevitable result of three things:
-Women wearing tight, low-cut pants. -The same women wearing tight, waist-length shirts. -Those women leaning forward in their desks as I walk around the classroom checking their work.
The result: Plumber's butt.
Well, some of the young ladies at my school have discovered another way to share their panties with the world. As the Chosun reports, skirts have gotten much shorter in Korea:
Miniskirts which are so short that passersby feel embarrassed just to see them are hitting the street in Korea in the spring season of 2006. They are not just mini. They are super-miniskirts with their total length less than 25 cm. Such super-miniskirts, which got some 10 cm shorter from 10 years ago, are selling like hot cakes[.]
As someone who stands in front of a room of seated miniskirt-clad young ladies, I have a slightly different perspective than the general population.
Question: What happens when you have a bunch of 18 to 20 year-old women wearing micro-skirts, and who do not know how to sit properly with them, planted in front of you? If you said 'up skirt panty shots.' you win the prize. I have seen three so far this spring.
While I the aesthetics are hard to deny, they are my students, so I ignore the views as best as I can.
It is actually a tricky problem. You cannot mention it to the student in class or she will be fatally embarrassed. Taking her aside to speak to her about it privately is not really an option either. About the only thing I can do is 'accidentally' bump into an empty desk while walking around the classroom so that it slides in front of her and obscures my view of her lower half from the front of the room.
I have learned one thing: When my daughter gets old enough to want to go out of the house in a miniskirt, the first thing I will do is tell her she can't. The second thing I will do is teach her how to sit in one (knees together and to the right, ankles together and to the left).
I have applied to teach government and politics at the local branch of the University of Maryland University College, which serves members of the military and their families. If things go well, I will start teaching this summer.
I only have a MA degree, which is the minimum for an adjunct professor, so I will need some luck to get one of the teaching positions. I assume that their will be others ahead of me at Yongsan but I have also put Suwon Air Base on my short list. If you know anyone at Suwon AB, tell them to sign up for GVPT 100 or GVPT 170.
I would also appreciate any advice from anyone with experience with UMUC. You can leave a comment or email me.
It is rare for an IKK blogger to praise Korean officialdom, so take note; I am giving props to the Ansan Il-dong samuso (ward office). Read on:
As I reported last week, I planned to get Adelia plugged into Korea's family registry system or hojok deungbon(mistakenly called the hoju system in previous posts) so she could officially be a Korean citizen. I had previously gotten her Report of Birth Abroad from the US Embassy, so she is already officially American. The local dong office also needed to see the report in order to register Adelia under my family name since I do not exist in the system.
This was the first time they have handled this kind of situation, so they were a little nervous. But they worked efficiently and the whole process was done in about 45 minutes. One problem they did have was that Adelia's name, at eight syllables in Hangeul, was too long for the computerized form. However, they somehow got around that problem (I assume by shifting the name field).
Adelia (AKA: Little Lady Yangban) is now officially a citizen of both the United States of American and the Republic of Korea until her twenty-first birthday, when she will have to choose one of them.
The next step will be for us to get her Korean and American passports. She will have to use the Korean passport when entering or leaving Korea and the American passport when entering or leaving the USA. It is a bit of a hassle but I did not want to deny her the right to decide her citizenship for herself.
SIDE NOTE ONE: When Lady Yangban married me, she was removed from her family's registry. Since I do not have a registry, she was placed on one by herself. While that situation might be a Korean feminist's wet dream, it made her feel lonely when she saw her name alone on that paper. Naturally, she is very happy have someone else on the registry with her.
SIDE NOTE TWO: The family registry is the one-stop-shopping of personal documents. It records births, deaths, marriages, divorces, addresses (you have to report to the local dong office whenever you move to a new neighborhood) and a few other records. This is suppose to be the year that the family registry is replaced by an individual registry. If it happens, I have a feeling that a lot of people are going to be in a world of pain while the kinks are worked out of the new system.
I got this from an email from my mom this morning:
Joey is handling basic OK I guess. I finally received a letter from him. He thinks he can straighten out the way the Army does things before he gets out of basic. He said his letter would have been neater but the sergeants were always calling him for his assistance. Ha!
He is 36 today. There is one guy there that is 37 and a few in their lower 30's. He graduates from basic on May 12.
My brother is a smart and (at 36) mature guy so I guess it would be a relief for a drill sergeant used to dealing with kids to train him.
I had previously said that he was 38. That is a strong sign that I have been in Korea for too long. He is 18 months younger than I and I had been thinking of my Korean age (39) when I said he was 38.
The good news is that means I am only 37 years old. In fact, I could join the reserves myself when we eventually move to the States except for two things:
1. I am a big, fat, out-of-shape tub of goo.
2. With a wife and baby to support, I can not afford the pay cut.
Unfortunately, the CIA, where a desk-jockey could serve his country as an annalist has a cut-off age of 35.
I am posting from an Internet room at a ski resort in Gangwon-do where I am staying with my department's students for MT (membership training). For those not familiar with MT, it consists of an afternoon of games and an evening of heavy drinking in which students build jeong (something like connectedness) with each other under their professors' benevolent gaze.
I reported a couple of weeks ago that I was appliying for my daughter's Report of Birth Abroad at the embassy. Armed with that, my wife an I will go to the dong office next Wednesday (the only day I have enough time to go) to plug Adelia into the Korean hoju system.