The Instigator
Yunsun-oh
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BangBang-Coconut
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Personal Space in Korea

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/4/2011 Category: Society
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Yunsun-oh

Pro

As the proverb of "Do as Romans do." goes, foreigners should not feel offended by small personal space in Korea.
BangBang-Coconut

Con

My opponent claims that foreigners should not feel offended by small amounts personal space in Korea, however I refute this and claim that there is nothing wrong with being offended being offended by small amounts of personal space in another country.

First of, simply being in another country does not mean you must sacrifice your personal beliefs. The phrase "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" means that when one is put in a specific culture or society, they should adapt to their ways. It does not however mean they should forfeit the right to dislike, speak out against, or even be offended by it.

For instance, if a Korean person came to America; they may be offended by America's pop-culture, or our greasy fried food, or our music. And while they would have to just deal with it at the time (Doing as the Americans do) they still have every right to be offended.

Second, foreigners cannot help it if they feel offended; any more than they can help it if they feel pleased.

Vote Con!
Debate Round No. 1
Yunsun-oh

Pro

Your point is reasonable. What I mean is that many foreigners judge Koreans rude by being too close to them.

In other words, most Koreans are not even conscioius about those concepts. Once I read an article, a French

woman was very offended by an old-aged Korean woman because she pet her daughter's head with hand. She

seemed to judge Koreans as rude people. But it's a cultural difference. It's ofen in Koren olders show concern to

youngs. When someone can't control one's emotion, it could result to wrong judgement. Therefore if someone who

wants to live in Korea, don't misunderstand them by increasing the knowledge about Korean culture.
BangBang-Coconut

Con

I thank my opponent graciously for her quick response!

My opponent makes a good point when she says that people who want to live in Korea should learn more about he culture before being offended at something they do. However in their original argument, they did not speak on immigrants, but on foreigners; meaning those who where visiting, with no intent to call Korea their home.

And even beyond that, it still doesn't negate the fact that people cannot help what they are offended at any more than they can help what they are disgusted, or even attracted to. It is a natural reaction based on how they where raised. And as my opponent indicates through her own arguments, cultural differences ought to be respected; not condemned.

Therefore in conclusion, while it is a sad inconvenience that so many foreigners are offended by lack of personal space in Korea, it is one cannot be changed.
Therefore I urge a vote for the Con in this debate!
Debate Round No. 2
Yunsun-oh

Pro

Yunsun-oh forfeited this round.
BangBang-Coconut

Con

My opponent has forfeited, please vote Con!
Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by BlackVoid 6 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro didn't refute Con's arguments. The forfeit doesn't help.
Vote Placed by RoyLatham 6 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: If they understand they culture, they "should" not be offended. Con gave no reason for believing it impossible. The resolution was not clear at the outset, but Con went with it. Pro loses conduct for forfeit.