Sean Martin

Those Crazy Korean Kids!

Filed By Sean Martin | May 26, 2010 6:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Doc and Raider, gay cartoon, korean kids, Korean war, robot war

Siblings. They just never seem to be able to get along. And so sometimes you have to take a firm hand to them.

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rapid butterfly | May 27, 2010 7:13 AM

Sean, I do see the humor and truth here and I really enjoy your cartoons for the most part; but I also see, in this one, borderline offensive mocking of the speech patterns of some who do not speak English as their first language, plus the implicit infantilization of non-Americans. I'm sure none of that was intended, but ... .

Oy. This is a fraught area, Sean. I'm assuming your point is that we should ignore the tensions building in Korea, but I'm not sure whether that's a good idea. I also have to agree with Butterfly. This is a political blog, so you have to expect politics here.

To be bluntly honest, I do see this as an infantile situation. Both North and South Korea have been acting like children... for decades — the North, in particular. It depends on the rest of the world for just about everything, then whines like a three year old in a grocery store when it doesnt get its way... and we allow that to continue instead of calling them on it.

As for the language... yes, perhaps it crosses the line a bit. But only a bit. And I stand by it. If we're talking politics here, I should think we would be slightly more concerned about the attitudes on display when NK, SK, and the US all play their perpetual games of one-upmanship. But instead, we're all singularly quiet on that issue.

Just sayin'.

and this is the same attitude I feel we should be taking in the mid east, with Israel and Palestine.

I agree with the first two commenters - this to me is not just borderline, but offensive to have the American as an adult, standing over two non-human creatures, called 'kids' in the title, and mocking their accents.

Sean, you can't really justify it by saying that you see NK and SK as acting like children - the whole point is it's offensive to describe them that way. There's a long history of the US treating other nations like children who need to be punished.

I think ROK's claim in the fight is less "We hate our brothers" and more "We don't want to be taken over and forced to live under a brutal and oppressive dictator or get decimated by a nuclear weapon." It's not childish.

Does the ROK get much aid from the US? They're a fairly rich country... I thought we cut off aid when they got more industrialized in the 70's.

Plus I don't think the US can just walk away, considering how many active military bases we have there, and have had for decades since after our participation in the Korean War. I mean, yeah, there's no reason we couldn't pull out and give peace a chance, if you will, but as long as we're there we can't pretend to be a disinterested party.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | May 30, 2010 11:07 AM

Alex, you are absolutely right. The 38,000 soldiers the American taxpayer is keeping on the 38th parallel represents the continued childishness of both parties. Just another leftover military mission of between 65 and 15 years of age that we continue to fund. Meanwhile we transfer our industrial base to countries like Korea so that our corporations can avoid domestic taxation.

And that is about as real as it gets.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | May 30, 2010 11:13 AM

Oh, and if we had the same courage to do just the same with Israel and Palestine? What a world we might create!

To be honest, this comic displays a pretty gross ignorance of the situation in South Korea. I initially wanted to say 'misunderstanding', but I doubt you really have interacted with enough information to actually process the situation well enough to even misunderstand it.

ROK and DPRK are not at all two brothers fighting over 'aid' from the West; South Korea is one of the world's largest economies, and while it may be heavily involved with the US via trade and various political ties, I can promise you that very little of that involvement is any sort of 'aid'. North Korea DOES receive quite a bit of foreign aid, but the majority of it is from South Korea; that's all changing now because of a new movement made by the current administration.

I understand why you might think it's funny to mock a political situation, but next time, try to pick one that you understand. There is plenty here to mock or to dissect, or to even discuss, but since it appears that your only knowledge of the Koreas is that they speak English with funny accents, you might want to stay away from this.