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A trip down memory lane

On the 22nd of March, new laws came into force in South Korea. One of the laws which has gained interest in the public eye is a law on indecent exposure. People wearing mini-skirts shorter than a certain length are to be fined ₩50,000 (around £30.00). There seems to be many flaws with this law.

I am far from a lawyer or anyone who has a full understanding of law in general. This is my personal view and opinion on the matter. I do not mean to cause any offence.

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It is public knowledge that South Korea and North Korea are in constant conflict, yet the fact that one of the first laws put into place during Park Geun-hye’s presidency, is the law against short skirts, is shocking.

I do understand how a ban on mini-skirts can be a positive but this is not a law that needs to be put in place before other laws which could help the country.

Aside from me not thinking that this law is necessary, the law is not even clear enough.

According to Korea Bang, the law states:

“Those who show their bare skin excessively in a public place or expose parts of the body that should remain covered, thus making others feel embarrassment or discomfort, are guilty of indecent exposure.”

There is no particular length mentioned. This means that police officers can charge people with indecent exposure when they see fit. This is not fair as there should be a standard length put in place if this law is going to be fair and work to it’s fullest potential. It seems like not much thought has been put into this law.

In the 1970’s during Park Chung-Hee’s (Park Geun-hye’s father) presidency, also had a law in place in regards to indecent exposure and skirt lengths.  During the 1970′s, there was a ban on skirts which ended higher than 20 centimetres above the knee. Mens’ hair length was also regulated.

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The difference is that Park Chung-Hee made it clear what skirt length was considered as indecent exposure.

Although the Government has stated that they will publish clarification of the law and implement guidelines, I believe this law is still flawed. This is due to it’s timing and what seems to be a priority over other laws which should be implemented first.

However, as stated above, I can see positives to this law if it is looked into further.

I was shocked at the lack of length of skirts and shorts in Korea, but to me it wasn’t much of a big deal. A friend of mine said to me that she agrees with the law.

It starts with short skirts, and then it ends up being teen pregnancy and Korea turns out the same as the UK and US with crime rates increasing and a high number of teen pregnancy.

At first I thought my friend was over looking into it but then I realised it could happen. Women are seen as sexual objects in this world. Could this law be a benefit for young girls? If their Idols are wearing short skirts, teens tend to do the same in the hopes of being similar to their favourite celebrity. Therefore the banning on short skirts will mean celebrities won’t be sporting short shorts or skirts and in turn, their fans will follow them in wearing decent clothing.

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Finally, when there are problems with South Korea scared of becoming under attack from North Korea launching missiles and testing underground nuclear weapon, is skirt length and indecent exposure really the first law that should be enforced in Park Geun-hye’s presidency? If so, South Korea has an interesting time a head of itself.

I hope that this changes as I want Park Geun-Hye to be a great president. As a woman, I want her to succeed and I am hopeful that she can do well in the rest of her presidency, in spite of her fathers mistakes during his presidency.

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박근혜, 화이팅!!

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City Hunter [Episode 20]

I recently started watching the Korean Drama, City Hunter. This drama is action packed, unpredictable and keeps you anticipating what will happen next! I suggest that you should watch it as it was very exciting and interesting!

I will not be reviewing City Hunter in this post. Instead, I am going to answer the question that I asked myself after watching the last episode, as I am sure it is a question that many people asked. I don’t know if anybody knows why the ending was so brief and rushed, but I will write this post anyway to inform the people who said they thought the same as me! The question is: Why did the series end like that?!
I will not give anything away about the drama because I hate it when people spoil stuff for me!

While I was in Seoul, I was lucky enough to meet somebody who worked behind the scenes of City Hunter. I can’t remember if he was the direct, producer or screen writer, but I know that he worked on City Hunter and spoke about it in a presentation. He was a guest lecture at the summer school that I was attending, and spoke about City Hunter and other dramas that he had worked on.

As City Hunter was a very popular drama, he let us in on a few secrets! He spoke about the budget of the drama and showed us how the scenes were edited, (he showed us that one of the opening scene with the people in the sea, was actually filmed in a swimming pool and then edited to look like it was out at sea!). He also spoke to us about the last episode of City Hunter.

We were told that, the actors involved with City Hunter, were stressed out. Instead of the whole drama, (or at least a majority of episodes) being filmed before airing, episodes were filmed just days before the episode was aired. This put a lot of stress on the cast of City Hunter and the editors, producer and directer. I remember him mentioning Lee Min Ho (of course I would remember this!). He mentioned to us, that the reason why the season ended so abruptly and without any explanation of what happened after the final action scene, was because a few of the actors did not turn up to the filming.

I personally was disappointed with the ending when I watched it and I forgot that I was told before why the ending was the way it is! I was disappointed because we don’t know if Lee Kyung-Hee fully recovers & what happened to Lee Yun-Seong? Is Kim NaNa crazy or did she really see him? What about the President?…

So I turned to twitter, and my followers who had also watched City Hunter, expressed the same disappointment as me! It wasn’t until around 3am, when I woke up from deep sleep that I remembered what the guest lecturer had told us at Hanyang University!

So I thought I’d write this blog post to inform my friends as this is too much information to write in a tweet! I hope they read it! =D

I just wish that Korean actors didn’t have so much stress put on them. The guest lecturer told us that the actors of City Hunter and the people who made City Hunter possible, did not get any days off while filming the drama. I know it is their job and they became actors on their own accord, but they are human and do deserve a day or two off every now and again!