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I read the article, “Seoulites could use refresher in manners,” in your Friday edition. Recently arrived here, I can sympathize. Although people in Seoul are quick to give their seats to the elderly, pushing and shoving is considered fair and “pardon me” does not exist in the vocabulary. Seoulites should make a more concerted effort, not for foreigners but for themselves.
The writer’s next piece should concern the lack of table manners. The more noise one makes while eating the better, and speaking with a mouth full of food whirling about is a non-issue. I find this horrendous practice even more pronounced in children.
Oddly enough, I have noticed that when many Koreans laugh they tend to cover their mouths, women especially, out of politeness no doubt.
Strange how there is this disconnect in the way of thinking.

by Daniel Yang
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