LG Electronics has 82 offices overseas who employ a mix of Koreans and non-Koreans. Until now, inter-office and intra-office emails have frequently been written fully or partly in Korean, regardless if a non-Korean was being CC’d in the email. Well, as of now, that all stops, according to LG’s head office, who has taken an aggressive stance on ensuring that all email communication from Korea to the overseas offices, as well as amongst the overseas staff, must be conducted in English.
Following Samsung’s recent announcement to focus on English speaking and conversation skills as part of their hiring criteria, LG’s news signals yet another bead of sweat on the foreheads of Koreans (most notably the mothers of Korean students), with respect to their growing pressure to learn English.
This is sweet sounding news to those who are on F2 (spousal visas) and F4 (overseas Koreans, ie., Korean-American) visas, who are able to walk into any of these companies and pull in 100,000 won/hour without concern over visa restrictions.
Edit: I changed to ‘non-Korean’ from ‘foreigner’ to appease the semantics of some overly sensitive non-Korean dude in the blog comments. Next time, please remember to take your pouting lower lip to the bar and bore the bartender with your woes over the trivial things in life that you find to be of the utmost importance.