Tip of the Hat:
...goes out to the ajushi (an older Korean gentleman) who appeared to have taken the Seoul Global Etiquette Campaign to heart today on the subway. As I stood on a subway platform in line to the right of where an approaching door was coming into view, two bolder ajumas made their way right into the center of where the door was going to open-up. The ajushi, whose face was visible through the porthole window, and who was planning on exiting the train car through the center of the door as recommended, saw the gathering ajuma storm and angrily waved them away. They didn't move. The door opened, the ajumas tried to push their way on before anyone came out, and the older gentleman tossed his cane out the door, grabbed one particularly rugged-looking ajuma by the collar with both hands and backed her right up out of the train while barking at her to wait. He got off the train, picked up his cane, and went on his way. Thank you, sir. You just made my year.
Wag of the Finger:
...goes out to the mocking and bullying or latent prejudice that caused one of my favourite students to hide his birthmark by adopting the hairstyle of this guy.
Frank is a good student - he is forthright and kind, and just over a year ago when I first met him, he introduced himself as "Frank - Indian Prince." It's a fine birthmark, and his hair now looks a tad ridiculous. It also likely has the subtlety of a bald man donning a wig for the first time in his life.
It made me sad.
Here's a photo of Frank and I from when I first met him.