Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Intesting news regarding South Korea and randomness

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I came across an interesting story today regarding South Korea. It turns out that South Korea is one of the only non-Muslim countries which still has a law against adultery.

Korean adultery actress sentenced

South Korean actress Ok So-Ri leaves the court, 17/12/08
Ms Ok apologised for stirring up a controversy

One of South Korea's best-known actresses, Ok So-ri, has been given a suspended prison sentence of eight months for adultery.

She admitted the offence and the court suspended the sentence for two years.

The trial took place after Ms Ok failed to get the constitutional court to overturn the strict law that makes adultery a criminal offence.

In her petition she said the law was an infringement of human rights and amounted to revenge.

According to the BBC correspondent in Seoul, John Sudworth, the scandal has kept South Korea's tabloid newspapers and internet chatrooms buzzing for months.

'Damaging to social order'

South Korea is one of the few remaining non-Muslim countries where adultery remains a criminal offence.

A person found guilty of adultery can be jailed for up to two years.

South Korean actress Ok So-Ri cries as she speaks to the media (October 2008)
Ms Ok failed to get the Constitutional Court to overturn the law
More than 1,000 people are charged each year, although, as in this case, very few are actually sent to jail.

The law has been challenged four times, but the country's top judges have always ruled that adultery is damaging to social order, and the offence should therefore remain a crime.

In this case, Ms Ok was sued by her former husband, Park Chul.

She admitted having an affair with a well-known pop singer, and blamed it on a loveless marriage to Mr Park.

The 40-year-old actress sought to have the adultery ban ruled an inconstitutional invasion of privacy, and in a petition to the Constitutional Court, her lawyers claimed the law had "degenerated into a means of revenge by the spouse, rather than a means of saving a marriage".

But the adultery ban was upheld, and judges in Seoul have now given her an eight-month suspended sentence, and her lover a six-month suspended term.

"I would like to say I'm sorry for stirring up such a controversy," Ms Ok said after the court judgement.

According to a survey carried out last year, nearly 68% of South Korean men and 12% of women confess to having sex outside marriage.

Other randomness:

You know when you are in Asia when...
In one class, as a game we were asking the children riddles. The riddle was, what is useless until it is broken? Do you know the answer? Think a little bit.

Well the answer we were looking for was "egg," but instead the entire class gave the same answer: wooden chopsticks. We gave them credit since they do have to be broken before they are used, but we found it quite hilarious.

Also, today one of the children called me Rudolf because he said my nose was bright red. It was cold today. Maybe it is a cultural thing to comment on the redness of ones skin. If you recall, the Korean interviewer in Houston said my face was red and then related it to my looking tired. Complimentary these Koreans huh? hmmm....


CC said...

Very interesting...

Love the kids answer to the riddle. It totally works!

and in answer to your question, the 2 times I've been to Korea were both to bring home my children.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Thats so interesting! Im not sure how I feel about that yet....I need to think about it!!

I love that riddle! It's so interesting how our differences lead us to different conclusions!!

The Acting Mom said...

Visiting from SITS.
I'm 25 too! Hooray for the mid-twenties!