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Expat Social Fallacies, Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Five Expat Social Fallacies

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Expat Social Fallacy #3: Everyone’s Got Standards

Not to be confused with the Korean Social Fallacy of the “Good Expat” versus the “Low Quality Expat” (one that has also started to creep into expat discussions and thinking, mind you), this is the social fallacy wherein certain expatriates see the role of the expatriate in Korea, at least, as sharply delinated in terms of duties, obligations, and moral codes, particularly those which the carrier himself or herself safely can claim to fulfill.

Some of these include:

As the negations in the list above suggests, this can manifest in radically different ways. For example:

Both groups (or individuals from each group) have a set of behavioral standards that most normal people find onerous and off-putting. But do they get criticized by those who are put off? Mostly not: theres a weird sort of behind-enemy-lines mentality some have that prevents critique, and for those who have been around to see this stuff before, mostly, they tend to just avoid these people. So the critique never really comes out in the open.

Which, of course, means that these dolts tend to persist in their off-putting behaviour for as long as possible, until they find that they, too, don’t fit in here, and start in on the bitching…

Well, that’s it for Expat Social Fallacy #3. More tomorrow…

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