Wednesday, June 4, 2008
#38 Child Labor
The businesses of many Korean Moms are sustained by one crucial group; child laborers. How many of you in your childhood not only learned how to do algebra in fifth grade, but also learned how to fold clothes properly at the laundromat? How many of you memorized the periodic table but also the price of every single item in aisle five at the deli? Yes. I am talking to you. You who were forced to stock the mini mart/bodega with expired cans of Spam and spray cheese. Korean Moms firmly believe that all children must not only get straight A's (see #8 ) but work. When you were born, your Korean Mom fired an employee to even things out. If a Korean Mom ever asks you to work at the 'gah-geeh'/store...she is not asking, she is telling. It may sound like a question, but it is really a demand. It just sounds like a question because she is trying hard to be nice. Just nod and say 'neh'/yes. Do not ask her how long you are supposed to work. It will always be longer than you would like. Do not ask her how much you will be paid. You will work for free. Crying children in Thai sweatshops making Nike's will earn more than you. Do not complain that your Korean Mom is golfing or watching Korean Dramas at home while you are slaving away. She will only make you work harder as retribution. And no. You will not get a lunch break.