You know, I'm trying to pretend that "sambo" in Korean means something else, but this is quite hard to defend. I'm going to ask a Korean friend just to double-check. Anyway, I was sitting there on Tuesday, watching those same little boys from my previous post, ABC's Korean Style, learn their alphabet. Now, I can read Korean so I was mouthing along the words. They were learning a particular cluster of words using the Korean M-sound. So, they learned "Nam-ja" which means boy/man/men. They learned "Ram-bo"...yes, Sylvester Stallone's gun-wielding character. And lo and behold, the next word is "Sam-bo".
I'm thinking, "Oh boy, now the real education begins!!"
So, ummmmm....yeah. Sorry, my mind is still reeling a little. The teacher starts explaining in Korean what this "sambo" means but since I don't understand Korean all that much, I had to rely on hand gestures and context clues. Her hands were flying wildly, but then she did a circular hand motion around her face, as if applying a whole bunch of make-up. Could this be a reference to White-face? Damn I wish I had been videotaping this week!! Then, the little boys did something interesting - they all turned around and looked AT ME!
I looked straight back at them wondering if I was their real-life example. I couldn't believe that she was teaching this in a kindergarten!!!! ARE YOU F**KING SERIOUS?! I sat there after the lesson a little dumbfounded and I really had the urge to ask her what in the HELL she was thinking teaching children period about such a demeaning portrayal of Blacks? Because I couldn't think of the Korean translation for "You're a f**cking @$$hole and what the hell is your problem!??!", I just sat there staring into the floor. I even looked this up in my Korean dictionary, but I couldn't find it. If my friend Mary had been there, who speaks Korean and English, I could have gotten my point across clearly.
I need more clarification, right?
I need a drink, maybe?
I need.....a BIG case of whoop ass....