More than 300 passengers — the majority of them students and faculty members of the Danwon High School in South Korea — are dead or missing after the Sewol ferry crashed and sank on April 16. Since then, media coverage has been intense, focusing on the cowardly and criminal act of the captain — who literally jumped ship — and eulogizing the brave young crew members who risked their own lives (and died), while tending to the passengers.
But because that’s just not compelling enough, the news has taken another approach, questioning whether Korean culture is to blame for the deaths.
That’s right. Let’s blame culture.
Ralph De La Cruz of the Dallas Morning News wrote:
Here in the United States, it’s hard to imagine that, first of all, a bunch of high school kids would even listen, much less totally and faithfully comply with an adult’s instructions – even as a ship sinks.
That’s because we Americans – and certainly Texans – value the individual over the group. If that was a boatload of American students, you know they would have been finding any and every way to get off that ferry. But in Asian cultures, which place the needs of the group over the needs of the individual, compliance is de rigueur.
So, you end up with this horrendous death by obedience.
International news always says something stupid especially frm cnn… Similar with case MH370, alwys blame malaysia for something stupid n try blame the religion that caused the excident occur… Shame wth them… Prayforsewolferry….