James Farganne – henrymakow.com march 7, 2012
I live in Korea. During the late 1990s, for a period of about eight months, I sold cheap accessories on the sidewalk here, and I got a good education on the workings of this society. In the course my adventures, I had to deal with many different types, including gangsters.
The tough guy with his toadies in tow would stride up to my stand and inquire about my earnings. I kept a few bucks in a fanny pack, with the real roll down my shorts. I’d show him the decoy, then buy him off with some trinkets for his girlfriends.
I learned about the admixture of good and evil. Some of these gangsters were not so bad. They were often men born into “the life”. Here, as in many an old society, your roots can delimit your fate. I hung out with some of the gangsters late into the nights at soju tents. They’d tell me their stories. I’d arm wrestle them for free food and beer.
I saw wee-hour fights erupt in which they would grab knives from the food tents and hurl them at each other, and the first one to flee was the loser. I saw how the cop cars would cruise by, the window would go down an inch, and the envelope slip through.
One gangster bragged how if you piss off rich people, they just pay for an attack. Their methods included hooking an umbrella handle around the ankle of a mark going down a set of subway stairs, or a quick, intense knifing in a dense crowd into which they could disappear.
I never knew whether to believe that story, but it certainly stuck in my mind.
Recently, though, I pissed off some rich people here, and that story came back to haunt me with a vengeance.
I had noticed a new spate of satanic imagery in the pop culture. The biggest boy band here is called Beast. The second biggest is Shinee, and their second album was entitled “Lucifer”.
The most popular member of Beast, a boy called Hyunseung Jang, recently teamed up with a popular girl singer to form the duet Trouble Maker. They debuted their eponymous single on Seoul Broadcasting Station, a major channel here. That dance was pornographic, pure and simple. The children have been aping it. There are videos on YouTube of high school students performing it in talent shows at their schools, the boys’ hands in the girls’ crotches.
Also see Vigilant Citizen’s analysis of K-pop: