Frmheadtotoe, Bubzbeauty, Justkiddingfilms, Markiplier, HJStory. I love all of these social network figures so much - they always know how to bring a smile to my face. Yet in times of international crises, I’m so disappointed that none of them have mentioned what’s happening in Korea. Especially those actually Korean. I understand this incident may come across as “private” to some and unnecessary to include on social blogs/vlogs but everyone on Tumblr bitches about being represented in the media yet no one bats at an eye at something like this. We have very few representatives internationally (I do know how our beloved Kpop performers and Kdrama actors/actresses have been tweeting or publicly announcing their support in other ways) so I believe what little media attention we can get is important.
I am a first year law student for example, at a small state college. I am literally 1 of 2 Asians in our year, the other girl being Chinese. No one seemed to give two shits about what is happening in South Korea and classmates actually seemed offended that I started to tear up the other day when our professor ignorantly started talking about death and the loss of his mentor in a completely unrelated incident in front of me; all I could think about were those students still missing, how that could have been me. I put a lot of love into my education and my teachers especially. Growing up, they meant everything to me because my mother never got the opportunity to finish high school. Thus, when we went on class trips like the Jeju one (e.g. I got to travel to NYC and Georgia several times between 6th and 12th grade), I always appreciated the fact that I got to get this “experience” that many of the Sewol ferry victims’ parents also wanted for their children. Yet, here I am, sitting in a class room of future litigators and judges, wondering why no one knows anything about what’s happening to my culture… yet they know everything about the fucking Real Housewives of Atlanta and the current news about Beyonce’s baby, Blue Ivy.
Can someone please try and justify why this is a thing? Why none of our active representatives have done anything to bring more attention to the Sewol incident? Maybe more international pressure was what was needed to force the government to do a better job, to react faster, etc etc (Literally, come at me if you think I haven’t done my research - I have friends in Korea and I can confirm that the Korean government is acting really shady …amongst other things). Yet here we are… smirking at the latest comics about ignorance or videos on how not giving a fuck will make your teeth whiter.
The total body count is currently at 104. 198 people are still missing and yes, I said “people” because I’m praying they’re not just “bodies” yet. It’s unrealistic, maybe. I know it’s day 7 of this rescue but if you were the one trapped at the bottom of the sea, surrounded by the dead bodies of your friends, your classmates, your loved ones, you would want someone to pray that you’re found in time. It’s rumored one girl died within an hour of being found. Rumor or not, that’s fucked up. That’s so fucked up. And literally we are here, wondering when we’ll get a video review on lipstick or a new sketch by our favorite Asian comedians.
I’m so mad and hurt.