One of the more disappointing aspects of being sick is that it's hard to correct the instructor of Anth 417 due to a worry that I'll cough up a lung in the process. The class is taught by Jung Jae Hun, a Korean grad student at the university, who has claimed that the Peace Corps provides absolutely no language training to its volunteers and that Suwon is a very small town. I have had volunteers tell me that they received language training after they were assigned a destination, so I don't know where he got his information for on that one, and Suwon is only small if you think 1.1 million people isn't a large number. True, it's not Seoul, but he's currently in a state with a population of 5.8 million - which creates a different perspective when looking at comparative demographics.
Friday afternoon he asked each of the five students in the class what they were studying and their plans after graduation, and when he heard that I was interested in teaching English in Korea before attending grad school he provided a lengthy speech on why my decision to focus on Korean culture in my graduate studies was an extremely bad idea. I never said that would be my focus, but I suppose this shouldn't be a surprise considering how enamoured he is with Japan and Japanese culture. He's even said so himself. I wonder what he thinks about Zainichi (在日) Koreans?