Next time someone throws around the stereotype about how Westerners in Korea are drunken sots who behave badly, remind them of that Korean guy who went drunk driving in Cambodia in July 2008, killed a family, and refused to tell his name to the cops (and anyway cannot speak English or Khmer). Ask them when was the last time a Westerner did that in Korea. Seriously, ask them.
And don’t accept the thing about the tank and the two schoolgirls on the country road back in 2002: the drivers weren’t drunk, two girls is not a whole family, and it was, after all, a mistake. The driver responsible was almost crying afterward, and clearly shaken up by it, by all eyewitness accounts I remember from the time.
A Westerner who killed a family on the streets in any city in Korea while driving drunk, is what I’m asking for. Give me one example. Maybe there is one, but I’ve not heard of it.
This will serve as a bridge to discussing how socially accepted driving drunk here is. Because anyone who hasn’t seen it need only wander over to any major station, where drunken tools hopping into their vehicles and driving off like maniacs can be seen. Continue reading