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The Korean Invasion of the Philippines

In an editorial piece, one Filipino wonders if his country is being taken over by a certain Northeast Asian country. However, this time there is no Douglas MacArthur to bail them out.

  • CactusMcHarris

    Wangkon,

    I had thought that if you can’t get part of Madagascar, you should go somewhere closer to home.
    Shouldn’t it be ‘Filipino’? And I shan’t be the first to Twitter, if that’ s OK…

  • http://www.jdlink.co.kr Linkd

    Shouldn’t it be “first to Tweet”?

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    # 1,

    Yes you are right… it should have a capital “F.”

    Fixed.

    Hummm… I haven’t seen the “Filipina” version of “Find your bride” ad, but look, there it is. I think I like the Russian version best.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #3,

    Yes, the ‘Babes of the Steppes’ series was excellent.

    And I thank you, on behalf of all who enjoy lumpia.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #2,

    You’re absolutely right, but that’s not a language I shall be trying to learn. This HTML one, however, I keep hacking at.

  • Mizar5

    “Literally, the South Koreans have sliced off the northernmost edge of Luzon and shipped it in chunks to South Korea!”

    Looks like Korean colonialism has come into its own.

  • cm

    ^ it ain’t the South Koreans who are holding the gun to the Philippine government’s head and forcing them.

  • NetizenKim

    Quasi-Asians with Spanish surnames should not be complaining about “colonialism”.

  • Mizar5

    Who need a gun when you’ve got a little white envelope.

  • Mizar5

    Rule: Quasi-Asians with Spanish surnames should not be complaining about “colonialism”. (asper NetizenKim)

    Corollary: Quasi-Korean netizens with North American wolf avatars should not be commenting about quasi-Asians with Spanish surnames complaining about colonialism.

  • cm

    Then I guess it’s not too different from how some Koreans view the Korea/US relationship where in their view, Korea is the colony of the US.

  • Mizar5

    How so? And how is this analogous. What resources have Americans taken from Korea?

  • Mizar5

    Other than military real estate that is…

  • tbonetylr

    “A Korean mining group, Jisan Mining Corp., has, in fact, been shipping off Philippine black-sand extractions or large beach chunks from five towns via the use of huge barges for two years, a callous destruction of the Philippine natural wealth where quaint beachfronts are now gone, permanently reclaimed by the sea. Literally, the South Koreans have sliced off the northernmost edge of Luzon and shipped it to South Korea!”

    I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT COLUMN…

    “This is one of many unsavory reports concerning the conduct of Korean businessmen in this country. In my next column, I hope to have marshaled the inside dope regarding Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd.
    There, I suspect, is the biggest can of worms that the South Korean invasion of our business shores has brought to the Philippines.”

  • dry

    Perhaps he can rally a crowd in front of the S. Korean embassy and curse them an increase of immigrants who too will pay cash for dirt and start opening up businesses. That’ll show’em.

  • dokdoforever

    The biggest Filipino problems are domestic – tremendous income inequality and a group of unaccountable elite willing to sell out the country for private gain. It’s so much more fun to blame foreigners though. The Filipino environmental NGOs ought to try to cooperate with Korean NGOs to better protect the environment. I doubt that Korean small business owners would be much of a problem since they probably mostly cater to other Koreans. Koreans have established a reputation for mistreating poorly paid workers, though – as in Mexican factories on the US border. And Koreans can be clannish and isolate themselves from others overseas. The Chinese- Filipino population has integrated pretty well into the Filipino population, I think, but they also had a few hundred years to make the transition. The author is pretty silly to claim that similarities in Korean language and Japanese are somehow due to Japanese colonialism. The similarities are due to Korean immigration to Japan two thousand years ago, not the other way around.

  • subicslugger

    The major problem with Koreans in the Philippines is the fact that the Filipino officials let the Koreans do whatever they want, all it takes is a couple of white envelopes. The Koreans have little regard for the environment (Jisan Mining Corp., Subic Bay High Rise) and even less regard for the local population.

    Do a google search for “Hanjin Subic”, and you will see the basic disregard they have for implementing safety standards and proper working conditions at their shipyard. I believe there were 26 deaths at the Hanjin Shipyard in Subic Bay in approximatley 12 months. Pretty ridiculous.

    There will come a time when they piss enough people off and run out of people to bribe. When that time comes, they will all be out on their ass. What they fail to realize is that they can invest all the money in the world and pay off every elected official in the counrty, but none of it belongs to the Koreans. Everything they build, buy, and create belongs to the Filipinos at the end of the day and the Filipinos will have no problem in claiming what they percieve to be theirs. Koreans are starting to push the limits of what the Filipinos will put up with, and it is going to be very interesting to see what transpires once the Filipinos have had enough.

    As a resident of Subic Bay, I for one will not miss them. Subic Bay has a very diverse foreign community and events are attended by people from all over the world, however 99% of the Korean population here makes no effort to integrate into the foreign population. In fact, a couple of years ago when the invasion started I noticed a new Korean restaurant that had opened up and decided to give it a try. When I walked in I was greeted by an ajumma who promptly told me “no waygook”. Keep in mind that this happened in the Philippines, not Korea.

  • t_song

    I love you Google Ad Search. I don’t want to take another screenshot of my PC and have everyone see the WonderGirls You Tube video that’s streaming, so I’ll just inset the text from the ad:

    Find your Filipina Beauty Today! FilipinaHeart.com

    And I generated some revenue for Mr. Koehler and clicked on the link. The available languages: English, French, German and … Japanese?

    Oh wait–I guess the Korean ad must be:

    Buy your Filipina Wife Today! FilipinawifeForever.com

    Honestly, I’m shocked that Korean is not one of the languages, especially over Japan.

  • gbevers

    This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. It may be Koreans who are offering the bribes (in whatever form) for permission to destroy the environment there, but it is Filipinos who are taking the them. Instead of focusing his anger on Koreans, the writer should be focusing it on the Philippines corrupt officials.

    One problem is that both Filipinos and Koreans seem more than willing to sacrifice the environment to the Money god. In other words, Filipinos and Koreans are a perfect match. Koreans love giving bribes, and Filipinos love taking them.

    Another problem is that Koreans seem unsatisfied with God’s design of nature. They think that by adding concrete and steel and custom-designed rock formations they are beautifing nature instead of destroying it. It is very much like Korean women with distinctive natural beauty going into plastic surgery and all coming out with similar facial features and breast sizes. Some may think a plastic doll is beautiful, but I would rather make love to a real woman than a plastic doll.

    If you watch Korean TV, you have probably seen all the commercials for Korean aparment complexes, with their towering buildings, fountains, statues, parking lots, and sidewalks. Koreans seem to think such places are the ideal places to live. In Korea, grass is mainly for decoration, not for lying and playing on. You are just supposed to keep to the path and look, not touch. Has anyone ever seen a Korean kid climb a tree?

    I think the difference between Koreans and Americans is this. Americans love Disneyland, but we would not want to live there. Koreans would want to live there.

  • http://www.jdlink.co.kr Linkd

    Slugger, Jisan Mining isn’t google-able – the only 2 references come from PI papers. Can you confirm on your end that they exist?

  • subicslugger

    Linkd,
    Im not familiar with Jisan Mining and used them as a reference based on the linked article (my mistake). I will do some asking around and see what I can find. If you have any other questions about Hanjin or some of the things that have transpired in Subic over the past couple of years, please feel free to let me know.

  • Mizar5

    Seriously, what natureal resource have Americans taken from Korea…

    um…other than the virginity of their women…

  • Maekchu

    Go to Angeles City or the red light districts of Manila and its all Korean guys now. I wonder what these adjeshis are telling their wives back home why they are taking 4-5 trips a year to the Philippines? Golf?

    The Koreans don’t play nice with others there either when they go in and take over an area. Foreigners are not welcome in the Korean run businesses. Most Filipinos I’ve talked with down there hate the Koreans but tolerate them because they overpay for everything.

  • Arghaeri

    Absolutely, golf. Weekend trip, 18holes in the morning, 18 in the afternoon, evening drinking in filipina bars, come back still not costing much more than playing a couple of rounds in korea

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Mizar @ #22, that was a little harsh, don’t you think?

  • cmm

    Why wasn’t he complaining about how all of the Korean guys were deflowering THEIR women?

  • maotai

    gbevers

    er… what’s wrong with living in Disneyland?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disneyland_with_the_Death_Penalty

    LOL

  • cm

    Subicslugger, if you want to piss off your number one tourists and investors by nationalizing the assets, go right ahead and see what will happen to your economy. I’m sure that will go well with international investors.

    If Philippines is having such hard time from Koreans taking their resources and riches, and flooding the country with “gutteral language” that makes you pissed off, then it’s very simple: do not advertise in Koreans in Korea to come to Philippines. Do not advertise in Koreans in Korea that studying in Philippines is a good ideal. Tell Koreans to stay home and leave Philippines alone. Even better, tell your Pinoy workers to stop sending workers to Korea.

  • cm

    Mizar5, are you serious?

    I guess the fact that Philippines was a US colony for decades makes your charges Koreans are colonizing Philippines somewhat ironic, doesn’t it? Hypocrisy much?

  • cm

    To stop Korean imprint on the Philippines is very simple. Most of those Korean owned retail businesses cater to Korean tourists, businessmen, and students. Philippines government should ban Korean investments, institute new rules regarding student Visas, and restrict visa issuances to Korean nationals visiting Philippines. Stop the tourists, schools, and foreign investment, and those Korean retail businesses that piggy back off of the Korean presence will die out in no time. Problem solved.

  • Arghaeri

    “Why wasn’t he complaining about how all of the Korean guys were deflowering THEIR women?”

    They got there too late ;-)

  • Mizar5

    What do you mean, cm? My irony radar must be on the blink again. Much like your asshole radar.

  • cm

    wuuu…. nice come back. A very impressive response, troll.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Mizar isn’t a troll. He’s so much more than that — like Ledger’s Joker in the most recent Batman film. Funny but dangerous, yet also an artist.

    And charming, too. Just look at his smiling avatar.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Mizar5

    And smart enough to duck behind Jeffery Hodges’ skirt.

  • Mizar5

    cm:I guess the fact that Philippines was a US colony for decades makes your charges Koreans are colonizing Philippines somewhat ironic, doesn’t it? Hypocrisy much?

    Technically, for this to qualify as hypocrisy, I suppose I would have had to deny that the Philippines was a US colony, or attempt to justify it while villifying Korea for the same. So actually, on Mizar’s part, hypocricy, none.

    Futhermore, in this context, colonization means exploitation. Techically, introducing a strawman argument to gloss over the issue is hypocritical. So the hypocricy tally stands at:

    Mizar: 0
    cm: 1

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Damn your beady little eyes, Mizar — that’s a kilt, as you soon shall also be if I can just find you and perform some extensive needlework!

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Mizar5

    No, not my eyes. They’re cute as buttons. Your god-awful puns are causing me to unravel at the “seems.”

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    My god-awful puns? Nay, my puns are God-awesome! Remove your sandals . . . that sock, too. This is holy ground.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Mizar5

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  • cm

    Is it true South Koreans are shaving away entire parts of Philippines?

    http://rokdrop.com/2009/06/27/is-south-korea-colonizing-the-philippines/#comments

  • Mizar5

    I suppose if this story interests you so much, and if you suspect that it is a complete fabrication, you might start digging deeper to separate the truth from the exaggeration, and to try to get a handle on why the relationship between Koreans and Filipinos “has begun to sour.” Aside from Google Earth, what other research exists on the project?

    It seems odd that a Phillipino would write complete falsehoods in a Pinoy publication.

    Perhaps you might want to look into some of the construction projects the author is questioning, the alleged bribery, and what is really going on with Jisan Mining Corp in the northernmost tip of Luzon, seawater damage to the farms, etc.

    What of the claims that the extraction of the black sand was a violation of the Mining Act and the Provincial Environment Code? What of the claim that Second Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, upon the recommendation of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, issued a cease-and-desist order (CDO)?

    Is the extracting operation by Jisan Mining in fact illegal? Were policemen in fact dispatched to protect the Korean firm’s workers from being harmed by the human barricades that had been set up to prevent the beach’s destruction?

    If you are interested in doing some comprehensive research on the subject, we’re all interested in what you might dig up.

  • Richardx

    The US, in general, was a benign colonial power. It is true that over 250,000 Filipinos died, either directly or indirectly during Aguinaldos fight for freedom. BUT its also true, that of all the other countries under colonial rule, the Filipinos remained loyal to the U.S.
    In fact Quezon, who fought with Aguinaldo and then became president lamented about the “soft rule” of the US and his inability of fostering nationalism.
    “Damn the Americans. Why don’t they tyrannize us more !!”
    The US granted the islands independence in 1946.
    “In Our Image” Stanely Kramer

  • Koreansentry

    Bunch of Dumb & dumber, Korea is not colonizing Philippine.
    What is difference between other countries currently investing in Philippine and South Korea? Sure South Korea is one of big investor, but this doesn’t prove Korea is trying colonizing Philippine. This investment won’t last long, soon or later South Koreans will leave Philippine for better deals.

  • Mizar5

    Since you are apparently a rather plodding fellow, Koreansentry, who seems to confute the concept of investment with exploitation, you understand the distinction between “investment” and taking whatever you can get? Didn’t they teach that at dunce school – um I mean SNU?

  • Mech

    “Since you are apparently a rather plodding fellow, Koreansentry, who seems to confute the concept of investment with exploitation”

    How does one “confute a concept” sock boy. Give the Filipinos some credit. If its really that bad they can always kick the Koreans out can’t they? Or maybe they’ll just resort to bitching in a forum like some others.

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