Anti-English Spectrum gets soft-pedalled profile
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Anti-English Spectrum gets soft-pedalled profile

This one comes via No Cut News. Read it and weep, fellas. I’m planning to write the article’s author to ask why no balance was provided, such as interviewing foreign teachers, so let me know in the comments what your thoughts are. And of course I will publish any reply.

Hat tip to Gusts of Popular Feeling, which I just realized has its own translation up. The more the merrier, I guess.

# Last May, 30-year-old Canadian Mr. K, an English teacher in a foreign language hagwon, was caught by police for habitually using drugs in his home, which was stocked with devices for using drugs. It was discovered that Mr. K had taught lessons while hallucinating, and had been stripped of his teaching license in his home country after being convicted of assault.

# Last August, 29-year-old American Mr. G and 14 others were nabbed by police for gambling millions of won over the course of several years somewhere in Seoul. It was found that some of them were habitual drug users, and others were teaching in famous language hagwons without a work visa or on a tourist visa.

 

These problematic foreign instructors such as them, who are drug users, gamblers, violent, and unqualified, had their criminal acts uncovered by the internet cafe “Anti-English Spectrum” located on a famous portal site.

For the past three years, citizens shocked by the illegal acts of unqualified foreign instructors have come together in this group and successfully uncovered 100 foreigners who used drugs, committed violence, or had no visa, and reported them to authorities who deported them.

When the group’s members find a problematic foreigner they place a tip on the website or send a note to the site’s manager, and on average two to three months are spent gathering information. Then, when the evidence and scenes of the crimes have been confirmed, the cafe members go straight to the police.

The information is gathered in stages by meeting with parents whose children attend English hagwons and Korean teachers in them and by going to bars and restaurants popular with foreigners.

39-year old Lee Eun-ung, manager of the site, said, “if you are assaulted or harmed by a foreigner and go to the police their identities are exposed and there is the burden of investigation, so if you go through our cafe members we can advise you and alert police… Recently it is also good foreigners, whose image is harmed by a few problematic foreigners, who alerted us when they saw with their own eyes a problematic foreigner.”

On the 6th, the cafe members played a role in foreigners being arrested together for using drugs known as “skunk” and “spice” in nightclubs in Itaewon and Hongdae.

This year the cafe members discovered foreigners openly discussing drug use on the internet, and in February they alerted authorities.

But the site is mainly active in the capital region of Seoul and Gyeonggi-do, and they say there are increasing examples of some problematic foreign instructors moving to the provinces to escape notice.

Unqualified foreign instructors are increasingly moving to Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do, where police enforcement is lax, citizens are less vigilant, and foreign langauge lesson fees are high and instructor’s salaries similar to Seoul.

In fact, in the foreign instructor community it is known that in Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do they can work relatively free of police enforcement, and even without a work visa there are ways to be hired by famous Busan langage hagwons, and other ways to stay for a long time on a tourist visa.

Also, until last year the site had almost no tips on cases of foreign instructors committing bad acts in the Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do areas, but this year there has been a 20 percent to 30 percent increase in such cases, and also this year five foreigners have been deported because of information on the site.

Because of this, some say, there is an urgent need in the Busan area for education offices and police to crack down on unqualified lecturers teaching, doing private lessons, using drugs, and gambling, and for vigilance by citizens.