South Korea Goes Casual
South Korea, which prides itself on its green policies, has ordered all government buildings to go without air-conditioning this summer. But it’s hot in Seoul—like, Manhattan hot. To manage growing unrest, the president has applied “summer dress codes”—an unprecedented departure from the conservative dark suit/white shirt uniform that has come to define the country’s buttoned-up culture.
Seoul’s mayor, pictured here, has told his staff that they are free to wear shorts and sandals to work to combat the heat. Problem is, casual wear is strictly reserved for the home—many older South Korean gentlemen don’t even own shorts, let alone a shirt that isn’t white. As a result, legions of pasty-legged Korean politicians have been showing up to work looking as though they just mistakenly blew some dude’s head off in the backseat.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this thoroughly entertaining crisis as the summer months heat up…
- — C. Brian Smith