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What happened? How they broke my career What happened? How they broke my career
by Joseph Gatt
2022-01-04 08:16:36
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I was a student in France in 2002. Went through my Bachelor's degree, albeit with some difficulty. But around 2004, the South Koreans noticed that I was a brilliant kid who was pretty much going unnoticed by the rest of the world. Speaks 7 languages, skilled, articulate, well-thought, and yet neither the Algerians nor the French were interested in hiring me.

In 2004, South Korea hired who they thought was their winning lottery ticket. The South Koreans wanted to offer me training, including language training, which would result in an important job. The Algerians disagreed with the move and offered to send me over to South Korea with my foster parents as diplomats. Problem is: the South Koreans did not know that I was an Israeli adoptee. They thought I was an Algerian biological child.

bro00001_400Initially, the Koreans wanted to hire me all by myself and tell me what they thought was the truth: that I am a genius that they want to work with me in the very long term, that they think I am some kind of gift to Korea. But the Algerians opposed the move, telling the Koreans that if I messed up relations between Algeria and Korea would also sour. So the Algerians offered that I moved there with my diplomat foster parents, and that the Koreans and I test the waters to make sure I am a good match. More importantly, the Algerians told the Koreans to downplay my talent and skills, because officially they did not want me to get too much of an inflated ego that would damage relations between the two countries.

So in 2005 I moved to South Korea, and started a Master's degree program in 2006. The South Koreans noticed something strange. I could not care less about Algeria, while my foster parents seemed to be ultra-nationalist Algerians. The South Koreans kept contacting my foster parents to hire me at lucrative positions for very hefty salaries, that my foster parents always rejected and asked for such offers to stop being made. The Koreans did not contact me directly because they wanted to go through my foster parents to make sure they were not damaging relations between the two countries.  

So the South Koreans thought that my foster parents were ultra-nationalists who did not want to praise their child or intervene in his hiring process, while threatening to damage relations between South Korea and Algeria if I was hired. Problem is, the South Koreans thought that the Algerian government did not want to hire me or place me at lucrative positions because they thought the Algerians would be jealous of such a successful Algerian.

So the South Koreans wanted to solve my problem: no one would be jealous of my success in South Korea, because of my background as an outsider. The South Koreans thought I could fix a number of local problems, help Korean interests overseas, while helping Korean society understand how you can nurture genius, as most Korean families aspire for their children to become geniuses.

In 2007, the Koreans made several offers to my foster parents, which were all turned down. The South Koreans first offered that I work in the media as a media personality, which was rejected by my foster parents. The Koreans then offered that I work quietly in a lucrative office, and that was rejected as well.

The Koreans thought my foster parents were so nationalistic that they only wanted their child to find his own way when it comes to getting a job in Algeria. And the Koreans thought that the Algerian government would not hire me without my foster parents' intervention, but that my foster parents did not want to intervene nonetheless.

By 2009 I spoke Korean very fluently, and the South Koreans made my foster parents an offer: they wanted me to be the assistant director of Seoul Global Center, a local international investment center for international companies. A very, very lucrative job, with a big salary and a driver and a nice home and all that. My foster parents violently rejected the offer.

So in January 2010 I moved to Algeria and complained about the lack of food to my Korean friends. I spent 16 months unemployed in Algeria, and the Koreans wondered how my Algerian foster parents could threaten to harm relations between Algeria and Korea if I was hired by the Koreans, yet I end up starving in Algeria.

In May 2011 I moved back to South Korea and my presence was tolerated in South Korea. I interned at a factory, then started a Ph.D. in Korean Studies, then worked as a professor at a Korean university. But the Koreans still feared that my foster parents would take retribution for Korea hiring me as a professor, and banned me from working at Korean universities. The Koreans noticed my foster parents were not happy that I was working as a professor, and kept inviting me to move back to Algeria.

I had been dating a Korean lady since 2007 and the Koreans also noticed that my foster parents were not happy at all with my dating a Korean lady, as my foster parents proudly claimed that they were “racist” several times. Problem is, the Algerians were still not attempting to hire me, nor was any other country, and the Koreans thought of that as suspicious.

When president Park Geun Hye was entered office in 2013, rumor has it she wanted to use me as her wing man in various capacities at the Korean government, but the Korean intelligence services opposed such a move because they thought the Algerians would be angry at such a move. Imagine a Korean Prime Minister of Algerian descent in South Korea, when he was starving in Algeria and struggling to find food in his own country just a couple of years back. The Koreans did not want to offend Algerian interests.  

So the Korean intel' services were trying to make me the following offer: move back to Algeria, and work at a comfortable position for a Korean company. I opposed such a move, and insisted the Koreans stop mentioning Algeria.

The Koreans did not know what to do with me, tried to kick me out of their country several times, and eventually deported me to a concentration camp and tortured me to make sure I would move back to Algeria.

When I moved back to Algeria, the Koreans noticed, again, that the Algerians would not offer me a job, nor would anyone else. So the Koreans thought “Yossi Gatt has the brains, but has a horrible attitude. Not a good listener, stubborn, opinionated, arrogant, that's the problem.”

Problem is, when the Koreans found out that I was adopted in 2016, they were furious. The Koreans found out I was adopted the day I found my birth mother on Facebook.

The Koreans thought that if they knew I was adopted they would have ignored my foster parents' cringes at my potential Korean career. They would have hired me, and perhaps, we would have moved mountains together.

So this time around the Koreans opposed any career move on my part. The Koreans felt that I was used as a mole to extract Korean intelligence, and that I was used to destabilize Korea rather than help the Koreans move forward. The Koreans spent so much time and energy trying to figure out a way to hire me, only to realize that they could have hired me any way they wished. More importantly, everyone had lied to the Koreans about who I really was.  

So the Koreans feared that any career move on my part would be using me against Korean interests, especially provided I was interned at a concentration camp. So the Koreans blocked any attempt at hiring me, threatened retribution if any party hired me.

Now during the COVID pandemic, an agreement seems to have been reached where I would work in harmony with all the parties involved, with no anger or revenge felt at anyone. The Koreans still want to take a few months to make sure that I would not damage anyone's interests while working.

I insist that I am ready to work in goodwill and harmony with all the parties involved, with no intention to harm any of the parties involved. I hate conflict and want to move forward, as the conflict-riddled past was part of a huge misunderstanding, and too bad I was used. Not my fault.

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