Horror: Pianist’s hands are crushed at gap-year job

Yun Kim, 22, went to Australia for a year to improve her English and earn some money to further her piano studies.

Tragically, the job she took was in an abattoir. She now has prosthetic fingers.

Full distressing story here.

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  • The space here has been invaded by the so-called real world. I was especially struck by these sentences:

    “The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union says an unprecedented number of people on 417 visas [ie, short-term] are employed to fill jobs in the industry.

    “Their particular vulnerabilities, such as language barriers, add a layer of complexity when something goes wrong.”

    Translation: cheaper to throw away.

    I hope she is able to find her (new) way.

  • It was not an insult, conducting would be a viable way for her to continue as a musician, perhaps the best, if she has the um, chops, for it.

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