- Posted April 11, 2013 by
Gyeonngi-do, South Korea
This iReport is part of an assignment:
North Korea crisis: Your views
Foreigners in South Korea still calm
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
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.