Skip to comments.Exclusive: Racial Discrimination Against Koreans Actually Occurring
Posted on 06/12/2007 10:14:52 AM PDT by Ptarmigan
In the aftermath of the bloodbath that 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho unleashed on a peaceful Virginia Tech campus only a few months before, American citizens were left to endure an unendurable tragedy and to deal with an ineffable grief that had enveloped all of America. But, mostly, they were left with a multitude of questions that needed answering: Did Virginia Tech do enough to protect its students after its authorities grew aware that a gunman was wreaking havoc on its campus? What was it, really, that finally drove a student to coldly and methodically extinguish 32 promising lives in what the New York Times called the "deadliest school rampage in the nation's history?"(1) How does any professor distinguish between a creative student who merely writes about violent acts and a student who uses his writing to communicate the presence of a psychologically unsound psyche? And, most importantly, how are we to prevent another Virginia Tech from occurring? All of these questions and more, I think, have been adequately discussed by the numerous news articles that have been published in the wake of what occurred at Virginia Tech.
There several questions, however, that have not yet been answered by the U.S. media; and these are questions that manifested themselves in the huddled forms of around 500 Korean Virginia Tech students who gathered in groups directly after the VA Tech shooting for fear that all of the anger, the sorrow, and the grief caused by Seung-Hui Cho would be directed at them in acts of violent retaliation. For many Koreans (and, often times, other Asians) currently living in the United States of America, some important questions that have not been addressed in the news are ones that they should not have to ask or think about, especially as citizens or residents of a nation that prides itself on its tolerance and freedom: How are Koreans to cope with the racial discrimination that might be directed at them after the Virginia Tech shootings? That is, how are they to brace themselves for the anger of some few Americans who might think of them as being equivalent to Seung-Hui Cho just because they, too, happen to be Korean? And, finally, why aren't there more non-Korean U.S. citizens speaking out against the injustices that are occurring?
The answer to the last question is exactly why this article is being written, so I will start with that first: Not many U.S. citizens are aware of what is going on.
"Might be?" The author should try living in the real world.
I'm white. I lived in Asia (including Korea) for 15 years.
Wanna compare notes on racism?
White folk fault PING
Most Americans can’t tell Korean from Chinese from Japanese. This article doesn’t make sense. I haven’t seen any backlash towards Koreans.
One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch.
Oh, there is a lot of racism in South Korea. It never ceases to amaze me. If you are not “pure”, you’re looked down upon as a second class citizen. I am sure this was not the case thousands of years ago when Korea was the three Kingdoms, Gorguyeo, Paeckhe, and Silla. I would be all that surprised if there were White people in the Korean peninsula. I know China had White people and it is documented in literature, most likely Tocharians and Persians. Same goes with Japan in the form of Ainus.
But it MIGHT!...no, it MIGHT, really!...um...
Shoot, I can’t even tell much of a difference either. There are other Asians who mistake me for Chinese or Japanese.
Funny this artcile didn’t show up after the rioting on Rodney King’s behalf.
75% of all the buildings torched belonged to Koreans.
Racism is a different beast to patriotism IMHO
Koreans have patriotism in spades.
Good for them.
I would not be all that surprised if there were White people in the Korean peninsula.
“Same goes with Japan in the form of Ainus.”
Oh, man...nah, not gonna go there...
I hate those race hustlers who keep this racism alive. It’s them who are the reason they allow it to happen. We got our Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
I live in North New Jersey, I think this area has the 3rd largest Korean community and 4th largest Japanese community in North America, and since the VT tragedy I’ve never seen any discrimination, nor heard stories of discrimination from any Asians I know in the area.
Any aloof opinionist who would condescendingly troll for racist backlash after this incident is the same type of person who would call to ban an inanimate object after such an incident. Not only do they think their readers are inherent ignorant racists, they also just know that they are smarter than their readers, and therefor should be in charge of their public safety. I’ve written a variation of this response to the garbage written in the American media so many times, it’s a bore to even bring it up again.
This was a good post though, should make a good discussion.
She doesn't seem to point out any injustices that are occurring but seems to imply there might be some.
I believe she "might be" a looney left-wing moonbat liberal.
Every Korean I’ve met would have been absolutely horrified by what Cho did.
It will, especially this being posted by a Korean who is a first generation American and proud of it.
It was flat out, unadulterated, plain old down on the ranch RACISIM.
You can’t whitewash it.
If you want to give excuses for it, go ahead. But it is what it is, no matter how hard you try to deny it.
Ask Heinz Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was all gung ho to go visit his mom’s homeland.
He wasn’t so enthusiastic when he came back. Even made some snide comments about it. Just one very small example.
Miss Yhee is looking for something where there is nothing.
It sounds like the person who wrote this WANTS to be discriminated against so as to be able to join the vast hordes of victims.
A vast difference the author seems to miss is that to American’s like me, Korean’s are perceived as family-oriented hard-working people, devoted to making better lives for their children. This guy was an aberration.
the fact that the Virginia Tech gunman happened to be Korean does not necessarily mean that all Koreans are on the verge of carrying out similar shooting rampages, just as Ted Bundy having been Caucasian does not indicate the fact that all who are of his race have a habit of murdering young women
This is an excellent point the author makes. I have advanced this argument with friends of color who see racism in everything instead of holding themselves as separate individuals from the criminal element who happen to share their race.
Her article does point out a few instances of what can fairly and legitimately be seen as racist or anti-Korean acts: rock-throwing aimed at Koreans in the wake of the killings, etc. When one is a minority it is hard to give the benefit of the doubt to stupid people who use any justification for evil acts.
In the same vein, however, how are we supposed to judge white serial killers who only go after blonde, blue-eyed skinny white girls who look just like the girlfriend who dumped them? Sometimes people are just crazy and criminal, and go after others because they are similar to a threatening person. Is this the same as racism, per se, such as requiring persons of a give race to pay higher taxes, deny them jobs, make them ride in the back of the bus as a matter of public policy? This is why I am very leery of hate crime laws involving thought or intention. I think there should be a very high standard of proof.
Simple minded liberals resort to “race baiting” of some form.
The REAL ISSUE is a society of liberals that have NO BOUNDARIES on EXPRESSION. Someone should have stopped this guy BEFORE he lashed out. He was a time bomb waiting to happen and LIBERALS LET IT HAPPEN!
Throughout the world you WILL find racism.
Korea is no exception.
You can’t erase racism overnight. It happens over time. I know Hines Ward meant well. There are lot of half Koreans who are famous, like Hines Ward, Liz Cho, Kimora Lee Simmons, Moon Bloodgood, and Mark Polansky
I am more worried about this hurricane season. I fear another Hurricane Katrina this year, even worse. I picture this hurricane as large as Gilbert and intense as Wilma. I am scared for Texas this year also. We are due for a major hurricane.
That person sounds like a drama queen to me. I hate drama queens.
That person sounds like a drama queen to me. I hate drama queens.
My nephew is half white and half Chinese. Guess which side views him as an outsider?
Exactly. She comes off like Chicken Little screaming "The sky is falling!"
Me too. I live in Florida.
Why are you blasting me? Feeling guilty?
I wrote a rebuttal to Ms. Yhee. NOT YOU.
You took it on yourself to try and refute what I said.
You got your a$$ kicked and you don’t like it.
Live with it.
Wow, I didn’t know until I read this article that there were Asian airheads. Somebody please tell Jiwon that I definitely won’t hold it against all Asians.
Personally, I don’t think it can be “eliminated” at all.
God gave us many vices to overcome. Like jealousy, gluttony, etc., racism is a built in human trait. Some folks are prone to exhibit it more than others, just as some folks tend to be super jealous and others not.
It just so happens to be one of those human traits that we can find comfort in with others. That’s what makes it tough to discourage.
Like drunks in a bar who encourage each other to drink more.
It will never go away. If we know this about it, its a whole lot easier to deal with, IMHO.
Wanna compare notes on racism?
You infer Koreans are racist.
Yes I rebutted you.
If you didn't infer Koreans were generally racist, I was wrong to do so.
I didn’t infer anything. I made it clear.
On the whole, Asians, including Koreans, tend toward racism.
There are different levels, of course.
To deny that racism isn’t rampant in Asia, makes me wonder how much you know of the place.
Or perhaps you are an apologist who can put blinders on and not see what’s there.
Or maybe you just believe that only the White man is racist.
Once again, So what!
My guess is you are the one hiding something. Could it be smalldicksyndrome?
Sorry, I had to add this, Chinese-Americans are the most racist towards Korean-Americans of any ethnic group I know. I mean, it’s comical to hear 100+ year old Jewish vaudeville jokes turned into anti-Korean jokes, but it happens.
Im not surprised you havent had any discrimination directed at you but if an American went nuts and killed a bunch of Koreans in Korea......OMG! nothing more needs to be said.
I think the press is trying to make news where there is none.
That's not what the discussion was about, though I respect your input.
China and Korea has a love/hate relationship with each other throughout history. China took some of Korea’s land in Manchuria. I demand reparations. :) Anyways, I am happy and content in America.
You have a good reason to worry. If it is dry or wet, your state has a better chance to be hit by major hurricanes.
Jiwon Juliana Yhee: Cry baby!!!!!
I was thinking that too.
I would just wait around till the next shooting, which will most likely not be by a Korean. We'll forget this guy existed in five minutes. Infamy in this particular field is fleeting.