- Posted April 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
North Korea crisis: Your views
Unrest among the foreign population, ambivalence among the nationals
As coverage of every move the North engages in makes headlines, much of the South Korean population remains unphased. Much like the spring weather, the attitude of the public at large seems to be without any overcast shadows. The expatriate community in Korea, however, demonstrates differing levels of concern.
Besides the documented US military personnel serving in Korea, Korea has had a massive spike in its expatriate civilian community. As many as 20,000 English education teachers currently reside within the nation, working within both private and public institutions. Reactions to the perceived escalation in North Korean have ranged from absolute skepticism to teachers cancelling contracts and returning home.
The Ministry of Education representatives in each of the major metropolitan districts remind foreigners to register with their respective embassies and follow updates regularly.
When prompted if they had been following the news of the events a native teacher in Daegu commented, "This is something that foreigners worry about but... Koreans, I think, we don't worry about it." Her superior nodded in agreement and clarified, "We are used to this." Both women asked not to have their names published.
The forum hubs that connect many of the scattered teachers are buzzing with forum threads asking what the line in the sand is that North Korea must cross before teachers will evacuate. Some refuse to wait, others claim intent on staying regardless of a war presence.