Dong Chim April 29, 2009
Posted by jorkat in Seoul.
Many thanks go out to our dear friends the Mulloskey’s. They warned us of numerous Korean customs, social tendencies and etiquette prior to our departure from Canada. In retrospect, the warning that I am most grateful for thus far is that of the dreaded ‘Dong Chim.’
Dong Chim is roughly translated as poop needle.
It is an act where the performing party clasps his or her hands together so that the index fingers
are pointing outwards and then sharply attempts to insert them into the anal region of an unsuspecting recipient. That is the nice way to put it. The not so nice way is…well…kids shove their fingers up your ass!
This picture is of two of my students doing a demonstration for our readers.
Dong Chim sounds terribly awful and could be considered sexual assault, but is viewed as a harmless gag, similar to a wedgie, wet willy or purple nurple.
In English academies, Korean students take the liberty of embarrassing a completely unsuspecting English teacher with a little two-fingered poke to the anus. The English teacher is immediately shocked, embarrassed and powerless. The laughter from the entire class is enough indication that the act which has taken place not only violates your most intimate personal space but is also applauded by every other child watching.
Having prior knowledge of what was sure to come, Jordan and I were fortunate enough not to have experienced this classroom embarrassment. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have since been lucky enough to experience this horrific act, but we’ve been on the lookout since day one and have thwarted many, many attempts. Any time a child is behind me, or even walking toward me, my hands immediately cover my behind for protection. It is an ongoing survival game
, and it is every bum for themselves.
They even have online ‘Dong Chim’ games that you can play here
I have heard that there is also a statue of two children playing the game. I’m not sure where it is, but I will find it. It is probably in between the statue of a man hocking a loogie and a Korean woman hitting on a white guy.
One day Jordan and Bob were spending some quality time together waiting for the other children to finish washing their hands, when Jordan started to poke Bob in the stomach with his fingers in an attempt to tickle him. Bob started off by trying to block these advances but then opted to simply turn around and bend over in hopes of being the lucky recipient of a Dong Chim. Needless to say, Jordan recoiled in horror and the poking game ended then and there.
You know what the only thing worse than a Dong Chim is?…The dreaded reverse Dong Chim.
Think about that for a second.
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