Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - Teacher


Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle​ in August 2017

I met with Jieun in quite a special context. Lost in the middle of the Mongolian steppes in a minivan trip (old Russian-styled van), our driver suddenly stopped to help another driver, whose minivan seemed to have a mechanical problem. The other minivan was transporting a small group of 7 South Korean girls (surprisingly Mongolia is a common touristic destination for South Korean). As we had never interviewed someone from South Korea, and as the repair of the van seemed to take some time, I went to ask the Korean girls if one of them would be ok to answer our 20 Questions. They all pointed out Jieun! As she was speaking only Korean, all I know about her is what you can read below. Jieun is a 30 year-old elementary school teacher living in Seoul.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I wanted to earn lots of money!


With whom would you like to have a coffee?

Right now, with my boyfriend! And now, to have a drink with my boyfriend!


If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be?

In fact, I'm a teacher. If I were given the chance, I'd choose physical education so students could learn teamwork.


To you, what’s the main characteristic that all human being have in common?

What all of us have in common is that we all think babies are cute?


To you, who is the happiest person on earth?

Me, when I am painting.


If you were President of the US, what would your first reform be?

I'd like to take away all the guns.


What do you need?

Right now, some pills for nausea.


What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?

I'd buy pills for nausea! I'll buy a building and make a village community. And I'll do it with my friends.


Which innovation, realistic or not, would greatly ease your day-to-day life?

I would like to meet lots of people, neighbours for example. In the case of Korea, since all of us live in apartments, we hardly know who lives next door. But to live as a community, you need to be given a lot of chances to meet others. And I think Korean society is lacking on that point.


What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days?

In Korea, the president was impeached recently. We've been going through many crises for the past 4 years and I think we all should try our best to get over it. Keeping our eye on politics would be one way.


Do you think your life is easier or more complicated than the life of your parents?

I think my life is easier compared to my parents'. They were not given much chance to study. But for me, I studied mostly via the Internet. I think I live better than them.


If you had to create a company, what would it be?

An eco-friendly company! An eco-friendly waste disposal company. Actually I'm quite upset with all the trash on the road. So I'd like to establish one that can deal with environmental pollution.


Can you draw something beautiful?

There you go !


What are you afraid of?

I'm afraid of what I don't know


What is your dream?

Being the president.


Close your eyes, you are in 2100, what do you see?

People teleporting?


What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve seen in your life?

My parents?


Who is God for you?

Myself. I'll do whatever I feel like.


Which of your country's cultural specificities are you the proudest of?

Everything is done fast in Korea!


If you had to explain our planet to an alien, what would you say?

The earth? There are so many people on earth. And that causes many problems. The end.


And you, which question would you like to ask to the world?

Do whatever you want!