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Old 01 September 2008, 09:24 PM
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They didn't have pushers in Korean subways, but I'm guessing it's because Koreans have a LOT less shame about taking care of the pushing themselves than the Japanese do. Nonetheless, I do remember a couple times when I was physically lifted off the floor as a result of the extreme crowding. It took me about a month to understand that using my size to my advantage was not only acceptable but also downright expected. Who knew elbows could be so utilitarian?

Of course, there was the running joke back then. You have a subway car with one empty seat in the middle. On one end of the car is Carl Lewis. On the other is Ben Johnson. Who gets the seat? The answer is the Korean word that translates into middle aged married woman (ajuma) and the connotations that come along with it of ajumas being stronger and pushier than any other human.
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