Vulgar, sexist book on Filipino women banned in South Korea after widespread criticism
INQUIRER.net / 03:01 PM August 23, 2018
A South Korean e-book entitled “How to Treat Bar Hostesses in the Philippines” was recently denounced on social media after its contents were found to be sexually objectifying Filipino women in a Korean man’s point of view.
The e-book was written by a certain Kevin Cho and was published by Scene in the Moonlight about three years ago in 2015, as per the Korean Times last Aug. 20. In his book, Cho spoke of the Philippine nightlife and how Koreans who travel to the Philippines become womanizers since the women abound.
“Once you go to the Philippines, you will soon be attracted to nightlife and meet many kinds of women there,” Cho wrote in his book. “Language won’t be a problem. A few words will be enough to communicate with them.”
“Even if you are not a womanizer in Korea, you will definitely be one in the Philippines. This is not the case only for Koreans but also [for] Japanese and Americans,” he also wrote.
Cho also cited the “Korean Wave” — the surging global popularity of Korean culture through Korean dramas and K-pop, among others — as a reason for Korean men to be proud.
“The fact that the Korean Wave is sweeping across Asia makes you feel even more proud,” wrote Cho. “While studying English there, women can be either medicine or poison.”
In his book, Cho further urged his readers to “make the best use of Filipinas, who can give unforgettable memories.”
“They can make you feel confident about your English,” Cho wrote. “But in the worst case, you may end up coming back to Korea after getting a woman pregnant; or you could be arrested for that.”
A number of online book retailers in South Korea has since stopped selling Cho’s book after the criticism, such as Aladin, Yes24 and Bandi & Lunis. All major online bookstores too — save for Kyobo Book Centre — have taken down the salacious book from their websites since the evening of Aug. 16. Cody Cepeda/JB