The following is an excerpt from a blogger’s journal in South Korea regarding the candlelight vigils and protests that have plagued President Lee Myung Bak and his conservative coalition government in the aftermath of a free-trade deal with the United States.
Posted by Hyejin Kim for Global Voices Online
Since continual candlelight vigils in Korea and protests against the current government, I have put posts about this topic several times. Feeling that I should introduce other topics, I have tried for hours to search for blog entries on other topics. It was not easy. Blogs and sub-topic panels are full of political issues. Luckily, I found one from a popular blog list with the title, “Please give me some advice on how to break up with this man.” Hesitating a little bit because of my presumption that it would be about a love story, I nevertheless clicked the link out of obligation to look at a post that received so many hits. But it contained unexpected content.
"ì´ ë‚¨ìžì™€ í—¤ì–´ì§€ëŠ” ë°©ë²•ì„ ì•Œë ¤ì£¼ì„¸ìš”.
ì œê°€ 12ì›”ë‹¬ë¶€í„° ì•„ë²„ì§€ì˜ ê°•ìš”ë¡œ ì‚¬ê·€ê²Œ ëœ ì‚¬ëžŒì´ ìžˆìŠµë‹ˆë‹¤.
ì´ë¦„ì€ 2MBì´ê³ ìš”. 12ì›”ë‹¬ì— ì €í¬ì§‘ ë¨¸ìŠ´ìœ¼ë¡œ ë“¤ì–´ì™”ë‹¤ê°€ ë™ë„¤ ì´ìž¥ì¸ ì¡°ì¤‘ë™ì”¨ì˜ ì¤‘ë§¤ë¡œ ë§Œë‚˜ê²Œ ë˜ì—ˆìŠµë‹ˆë‹¤. ìš°ë¦¬ ì•„ë²„ì§€ê°€ ì¡°ì¤‘ë™ì”¨ë§Œ ë³´ë©´ í™˜ìž¥ì„ í•˜ì‹œê±°ë“ ìš”. ì €ëŠ” ì‹«ë‹¤ê³ í•˜ëŠ”ë° ì•„ë²„ì§€ê°€ ê²½ì œì‚´ë¦¬ëŠ” ëŠ¥ë ¥ì´ ìžˆë‹¤ë©´ì„œ ë§Œë‚˜ëžë‹ˆë‹¤. ì§€ê¸ˆ íšŒì‚¬ì‚¬ì •ì´ ì–´ë µë‹¤êµ¬ìš”. ìš¸ë©° ê²¨ìžë¨¹ê¸°ë¡œ ì§€ê¸ˆ ë§Œë‚˜ê³ ìžˆìŠµë‹ˆë‹¤.
ì•„ë²„ì§€ë„ ë¬¸ì œì§€ë§Œ ê·¸ ì‚¬ëžŒë„ ë¬¸ì œì˜ˆìš”. ì €ë³´ë‹¤ëŠ” ì•„ë²„ì§€ì˜ ë•…ì„ ë” ì‚¬ëž‘í•˜ëŠ” ê²ƒ ê°™ì•„ìš”. ì•„ë²„ì§€ê°€ ëŒ€í•œë¯¼êµì´ë¼ëŠ” ë•…ì„ ê°€ì§€ê³ ê³„ì‹œê±°ë“ ìš”. ê·¸ëž˜ë„ ê·¸ê²ƒì€ ë‹¤ìŒì— ë§í• ë‚´ìš©ì— ë¹„í•˜ë©´ ì•„ë¬´ê²ƒë„ ì•„ë‹ˆì˜ˆìš”. ì•„ë²„ì§€ë¥¼ ë¹½ìœ¼ë¡œ ë‚™í•˜ì‚° ì¸ì‚¬ê°€ ë˜ì–´ ë¶€ë™ì‚°íšŒì‚¬ì˜ ì‚¬ìž¥ì´ëœ ì œ ë‚¨ìžì¹œêµ¬ê°€ ì‚¬ì—…ìƒì˜ ì¼ë¡œ ë¯¸êµì— ê°€ì„œ ê¸€ìŽ„ ë°”ëžŒì„ í•€ê²ë‹ˆë‹¤.
ë™ë„¤ì—ì„œ ì¹œí•˜ê²Œ ì§€ë‚´ë˜ ë²„ì‹œë°”ìš°ì˜ ì†Œê°œë¥¼ ë°›ì•„ ë¯¸êµë¨¸ìŠ´ ë¶€ì‹œë¥¼ ë§Œë‚˜ë”ë‹ˆ ì‚¬ëžŒì´ í™• ë³€í•˜ë”êµ°ìš”. ì–´ë–»ê²Œ ì‚¬ëž‘ì´ ì‹ì„ ìˆ˜ ìžˆë‚˜ìš”? ì•„ë‹ˆ ì²˜ìŒë¶€í„° ì €ë¥¼ ì‚¬ëž‘í•˜ì§€ ì•Šì€ ê²ƒ ê°™ìŠµë‹ˆë‹¤. ë”êµ°ë‹¤ë‚˜ ë‚¨ìžì—ê²Œ ë°€ë ¸ë‹¤ëŠ” ê²ƒì´ ë¶„í•©ë‹ˆë‹¤. ê·¸ëž˜ë„ ë¶ˆë„ì € ìš´ì „ ìžê²©ì¦ì€ ê°€ì§€ê³ ìžˆì–´ì„œ ì¹´íŠ¸ ìš´ì „ì€ ìž˜í•˜ë”êµ°ìš”. ì´ëŸ´ ë•Œ ì“°ë ¤ê³ ìžê²©ì¦ì€ ë”°ë‘ì—ˆë‚˜ ë´…ë‹ˆë‹¤. ë¯¸êµì—ì„œ ì—°ì• í•˜ë©´ ì•ˆë“¤í‚¬ ì¤„ ì•Œì•˜ëŠ”ì§€ ëŒ€ë†“ê³ ì—¼ìž¥ì§ˆì„ í•˜ë”êµ°ìš”. ì œ ë‚¨ìžì¹œêµ¬ê°€ ì¢€ ë¬´ì‹í•˜ê±°ë“ ìš”. ê·¸ê²ƒê¹Œì§€ëŠ” ì°¸ê² ëŠ”ë° ê¸€ìŽ„ ê²€ì—ì£¼ê¶Œìœ¼ë¡œ ë§Œë“ ë°˜ì§€ë¥¼ ì„ ë¬¼í•˜ê³ ê´‘ìš°ë³‘ì— ê±¸ë¦° ì„ ë¬¼ì„ ë°›ì•„ì˜¨ ê²ë‹ˆë‹¤. ë˜ ê·¸ê±¸ ì €ì—ê²Œ ì„ ì‹¬ì“°ë“¯ì´ ì£¼ë©´ì„œ ë¨¹ìœ¼ë¼ë„¤ìš”. ê·¸ëŸ¬ë©´ì„œ í•˜ëŠ” ë§ì´ “ë¯¸êµì—ì„œ ê³ ê¸°ë¨¹ì„ ë•Œ, ë„¤ ìƒê°ì´ ë‚˜ì„œ ì‚¬ì™”ì–´”ë¼ê³ ë§í•˜ë„¤ìš”.
ì›ƒìœ¼ë©´ì„œ ë„˜ì–´ê°€ë ¤ê³ í•´ë„ ë„ì €ížˆ ì•ˆë˜ê² ìŠµë‹ˆë‹¤. ê·¸ëž˜ì„œ ì¹œêµ¬ë“¤ì—ê²Œ ë§í–ˆë”ë‹ˆ “ê·¸ëŸ° ì‚¬ëžŒì´ëž‘ í—¤ì–´ì ¸”ë¼ê³ ë§í•˜ë”êµ°ìš”. ìš©ê¸°ë¥¼ ë‚´ì„œ ì•„ë²„ì§€ê»˜ í—¤ì–´ì§€ê² ë‹¤ê³ ë§ì”€ë“œë¦¬ë‹ˆ ì•„ë²„ì§€ê»˜ì„œ ë„ˆë„ ì¢Œë¹¨ì´ ë˜ì—ˆëƒê³ ê·¸ëŸ¬ì‹œë„¤ìš”. ì•„ë§ˆë„ ì•„ë²„ì§€ ì¹œêµ¬ë¶„ë“¤ê»˜ì„œ ê·¸ ì‚¬ëžŒì— ëŒ€í•´ì„œ ëë¼ê³ ë§ì”€í•˜ì…¨ë‚˜ ë´…ë‹ˆë‹¤. ì œ ì¹œêµ¬ë“¤ë„ ê·¸ë ‡ê²Œ ìƒê°í•œë‹¤ê³ í•˜ë‹ˆ ë‚¨ì˜ ì¸ìƒ ë§ì¹˜ëŠ” ì¢Œë¹¨ë†ˆë“¤ì´ëž‘ì€ ì–´ìš¸ë¦¬ì§€ ë§ëž˜ìš”. ì•„ë²„ì§€ëž‘ì€ ë§ì´ ì•ˆí†µí•˜ë„¤ìš”. ì •ë§ë¡œ ëˆˆë¬¼ë§Œ ë‚©ë‹ˆë‹¤.
ê·¸ëŸ°ë° ì´ì¸ê°„ì€ ì´ ìƒí™©ì€ ì•„ëŠ”ì§€ ëª¨ë¥´ëŠ”ì§€ ì¼ë³¸ì´ëž‘ ì¤‘êµì— ê°€ì„œ ë˜ ìž‘ì—…ì„ ê±¸ê³ ìžˆë„¤ìš”. ë°”ëžŒë¼ ë§Žì€ ì´ë‚¨ìžì™€ í—¤ì–´ì§€ê³ ì‹¶ìŠµë‹ˆë‹¤. ê·¸ëŸ°ë° ê·¸ëƒ¥ í—¤ì–´ì§€ê¸°ëŠ” ì–µìš¸í•´ì„œ ì•ˆë˜ê² ê³ , ê³¨íƒ•ì„ ë¨¹ì´ê³ ì‹¶ì€ë° ì–´ë–»ê²Œ í•˜ë©´ ëˆˆë¬¼ì´ ì™ë¹ ì§€ë„ë¡ ê´´ë¡íž ìˆ˜ ìžˆì„ê¹Œìš”?
ì•„ ê·¸ë¦¬ê³ , ì–¼ë§ˆì „ì— ì´ì¸ê°„ ì¹œêµ¬ì¸ ì–´ì²ìˆ˜ë¼ëŠ” ì‚¬ëžŒì´ ì œ ì¹œêµ¬ë¥¼ ë•Œë ¸ê±°ë“ ìš”. ì´ ìžì‹ë„ ì–´ë–»ê²Œ í•˜ë©´ ì¢‹ì„ê¹Œìš”? ê°€ë§Œížˆ ìžˆì„ë ¤ê³ í•´ë„ ë„ì €ížˆ ì°¸ì„ ìˆ˜ê°€ ì—†ë„¤ìš”. ì–¼ë§ˆì „ì— ì´›ë¶ˆë“¤ê³ ìœ„í˜‘ì„ í•œë²ˆí•˜ê¸°ëŠ” í–ˆëŠ”ë° ì½§ë°©ê·€ë§Œ ë€Œë„¤ìš”. ì´ìžì‹ ì²˜ë¦¬ë°©ë²•ë„ ë¶€íƒë“œë¦½ë‹ˆë‹¤. í•˜ì—¬ê°„ ë™ë„¤ ë¨¸ìŠ´ë“¤ì€ ê¸ì–´ëª¨ì•„ê°€ì§€ê³ ì‚¬ê³ ì¹˜ëŠ” 2MBë¥¼ ì–´ë–»ê²Œ ì²˜ë¦¬í•´ì•¼í• ê¹Œìš”?
Please give me advice on how to break up with this man.
I have been going out with a person by my father’s will since December. His name is 2MB [The current president, Lee(2, the same pronunciation in Korean) Myung(M) Bak(B), is broadly called 2MB among netizens. The meaning is that in this modern technology world his behavior is like 2 megabytes, not even able to include a gigabyte.] He moved in my house as a servant in December and Cho-Joong-Dong who is our town chief made an arranged meeting between him and me. First time I turned the meeting down, but my father persuaded me that he has an ability to revive the economy. He said that his company is not doing well. Even though I didn’t want to, I could not help but meet him.
My father has a problem, but my boy friend has a problem as well. It seems that he loves my father’s land rather than me. My father has land, which is called Korea. Even though he became the president of a real estate company owing to my father, he went on a business trip to the U.S. and had an affair.
By the introduction of his friend, Vershbow, he got to know the American servant, Bush. After that, his personality has suddenly changed. How come his love for me got cold so fast? Or, maybe he didn’t love me from the first time. I feel more betrayed my love was pushed away by another man. He is good at driving a cart because he has a bulldozer driver license. Maybe he got the license for this kind of chance. He broke my heart even to show off his affair in the U.S. He’s not smart enough. I could have put up with all those parts. But he even gave me a ring made of quarantine sovereignty and received a gift that has mad cow disease. In addition, he gives the gift with the gesture of how generous he is. And then he said, “When I ate the beef there, I thought about you and so I brought it.”
I tried to ignore it, but it’s impossible. So I told my friends and they said, “you’d better break up with him.” I screwed up my courage and told my father I would like to break up with him. But my father asked me whether I become left wing. My father’s friends seem to talk about him. I told my father that my friends also agree with my idea and he said that I should not go along with the leftists who will destroy my life. It’s hard to have a conversation with my father. I break into tears. But now he doesn’t know what’s going on and flirts with Japan and China. I would like to break up with this playboy. But I feel victimized and would like to get at him. How can I do that?
And his friend Eo Chung Soo hit my friend several days ago. What can I do? I can’t stand this. I sort of threatened him with candles. But they didn’t care at all. Please give me advice on how to deal with this guy as well. This man, making trouble with other guys in our town… how can I deal with him?"