Ignoring the Oblivious!
In yesterday's "Expat Living" section of the Korea Herald appeared a full-page article, "You don't understand Korean culture," by Bart Schaneman on six expat blogs here in Korea that focus largely on Korean issues, and of these six blogs, my very own Gypsy Scholar was not even mentioned.
Naturally, I have written a reasonable letter of protest to the Korean Herald and posted it at The Marmot's Hole:
I can't understand why my blog Gypsy Scholar was ignored in this article.As you see, not only have I written this courageous letter of protest, but I have also bravely added my own name to my posting of this protest at the The Marmot's Hole. Yet, why -- you may ask -- did I post my letter at a blog rather than send it to the newspaper that had ignored me? Why didn't I complain directly to the Korea Herald? Yeah, riiiiight. Complain to those who ignored me that they've ignored me and thereby give them just another opportunity to ignore me?
I'm incessently defending the Korean belief in fan death -- and lately discovering, to my chagrin, that I'm 'right' -- as well as commenting on other Korean topics . . . such as St. Augustine's critique of curiosity in the early Middle Ages or the use of such Middle English words as "quaille" in Ozark dialect.
Well . . . okay, those last couple of topics aren't directly related to Korean issues, but this country is currently globalizing, so expats -- of all people -- should be broadminded as to what constitutes Korean topics.
Besides, my tendency to blog about 'non-Korean' issues is usually taken as an attitude of studied indifference on my part to things Korean -- and thus understood as my intended commentary upon those same things Korean.
In short, I am always Korea-blogging about Korea on my very famous Korea-blog, thereby deserving full expat-in-Korea recognition, and therefore cannot quite grasp why my Korea-blog was ignored in an article dedicated to expats blogging on Korea.
Obviously, my blog's focus -- both by commission and omission -- upon a plethora of Korea topics has alienated most expats, who are therefore intentionally ignoring my blog. This constitutes a well-orchestrated case of anti-Koreanism!
Maybe I should do something truly Korea-oriented, like demonstrating before the American Embassy to protest being ignored!
I'd rather be ignored.