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    Posted April 11, 2013 by
    Gyeonngi-do, South Korea
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    North Korea crisis: Your views

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Illinois native SarahJane46 has been in Seoul for almost a year teaching kindergarten and elementary school children. An interest in Asian culture had brought her and her boyfriend to South Korea and she is sad to leave next month, despite the current crisis. "This is nothing new from North Korea and when you come here, you have to understand that the relationship between the two has been on edge for years," she said. Her family and friends are concerned for her safety and she says she has heard of one or two foreign teachers leaving their posts, and of some cancelling plans to come to South Korea. However, she is happy to remain where she is. "North Korea will make some sort of move but not as drastic as what some think," she said. "Even a rocket will be taken care of [and I] don't see there being any threat or damage. Then they will go back to being crazy old North Korea."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    I arrived at work in the south suburbs of Seoul this morning. I drank my coffee, reviewed my lesson plans, waited for the bell to ring, and walked down the hallway to greet my smiling kindergartners. It wasn’t a kids-get-down-a-bomb-is-coming-through-the-window kind of greeting. It was more of a, “Good morning, class,” kind of day.

    There was an unusual amount of air activity this morning, but things were calm. We went about our business as usual.

    From the way the US media is reporting this “crisis” in Korea, you would think we were all sitting around in bomb shelters with dirt on our faces as we shudder at the hint of any sound, even footsteps. We’re not eating canned food in a cave with our bags packed as we ready ourselves to flee the country. We’re calm and we’re staying put.

    I have no concerns whatsoever in regards to my safety here. My mom, however, is not as relaxed. Expats alike are feeling the heat from back home, but where we are is rather calm. We seem to have more stress coming from concerned family members and friends back home than from the escalating situation just north of us.

    Our government and the Korean government are working hard to keep us informed and to make us feel safe. It seems that the fault of this mass hysteria lies within several US media outlets that are hyping up these threats, or maybe not totally grasping the whole picture of the situation.

    This is not new behavior coming out of the North. They know that if they make one move, they will instantly risk losing the already unstable, and few allies that they have left. The situation could escalate and I suppose it already has with the latest ‘threats.’ But as usual, the North is once again trying to seek some sort of power that they have been craving for years.

    Don’t let them win. They are trying to scare people away from S. Korea and it’s working. They are trying to break our economy. Our paycheck has gone down by about $100 over the past month. So I suppose, they are winning and it’s thanks to news media outlets that are not fully examining the situation here.

    People an ocean away are more terrified than the people living only a few hours south. Now, what is wrong with that picture?

    I’m not going to leave here. It’s my life, my job. People can’t just leave a place when something gets slightly scary.
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