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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Racism in Korea


Article: Is 'racism' something that only affects other countries? What about Korea?

Source: National Ilbo via Naver

Compared to 720,000 foreigners in 2004, the population of foreigners in Korea has risen to 1.57 million as of last year. Although Korea has already transitioned into a multi-cultural society, their understanding and acceptance of other ethnicity and cultures are only in their beginning stages. Voices of concern are being raised that the issues of racism will no longer be a talk of another country but one that must be addressed in Korea as well with thorough education and understanding.

One could begin with the racist terms that run rampant on internet culture. A college student in Seoul recently received a complaint from a Chinese exchange student over the use of the word 'jjangkkae', a racist term for Chinese, when ordering Chinese food.

In January, there was controversy over the name of a chicken fish at a restaurant. Because of its darker batter, the fried chicken dish had been named 'heuk hyung (black brother)'. An American had posted it on Twitter claiming racism while netizens defended it saying it was a friendly term that meant no harm. A netizen had argued back, "Try selling the 'heuk hyung' chicken in the back alleys of New York and see what happens. Then you will see if it's racist or not."

Issues with the Ebola virus also allowed Korea's ignorance on racism to surface once more. A foreigner attending Sungkyunkwan University posted a picture of a sign outside of a restaurant that refused to serve Africans due to the Ebola virus.

A Malaysian student at Kyunghee University also brought to attention Korea's mob mentality. "Whenever I get into a difference of opinion with a Korean, they claim that it's because I'm a foreigner that I'm not knowledgeable on Korean sentiment. In life, there will always be differences in opinions but Koreans unfairly blame it on religion or nationality. Koreans talk as if they represent the entire 50 million population. They need to realize that individual opinions matter as well."

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1. [+2,165, -131] Koreans hate even Koreans... can't imagine foreigners.

2. [+1,926, -122] It's racist if it offends someone, plain and simple. If a foreigner had called a Korean 'yellow person', would you feel good? Even if it's meant as a joke, it's still racism if it offends you.

3. [+1,568, -123] People with low self esteem tend to be more racist

4. [+1,382, -223] But black people are racist against Asian stoo... not that it makes Koreans being racist against blacks any better ㅡㅡ

5. [+420, -34] Reverse racism is an even bigger problem... Koreans are the majority in Korea and yet when they see a minority white person, they're too scared to even talk and bow to their every whim... while a white person who can speak a bit of Korean can immediately become a star on TV and make money.

6. [+285, -35] What I learned from traveling overseas is that the racist ones tend to be the dumber ones... Not educationally, but people who weren't raised properly by their parents.

7. [+233, -24] I agree with the Malaysian student about mob mentality in Korea. Koreans talk about everything as if the entire country is like that just to defend a point. I also think there's a strong need to acknowledge individual opinions.

8. [+155, -20] Just remember that with human relationships, no one is above or below you.

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230 comments:

  1. LOL I was just ranting in twitter about racism in korea and here it is!!!

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  2. Will their ever be a time when we stop judging each other based on the color of our skin? An ass is still an ass wether he be red, green black or white.

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  3. When we feel like there's no way out, love is the only way

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  4. 8. [+155, -20] Just remember that with human relationships, no one is above or below you.

    Should have been [+155000000000000000000000000000]

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  5. "Koreans talk as if they represent the entire 50 million population. They need to realize that individual opinions matter as well." I've noticed this in knetizens who love hating/trolling lol get off your high horse

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  6. Bless that last comment

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  7. Racism is everywhere. It's the one thing that is the hardest to eliminate in this world.

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  8. 6. [+285, -35] What I learned from traveling overseas is that the racist ones tend to be the dumber ones... Not educationally, but people who weren't raised properly by their parents.



    i noticed this too. they are unable to think of things properly/rationally either

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  9. It's 2014 why is racism still a thing

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  10. reading the comments that knetz leave on sooyoung articles disgusts me

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  11. It's good that they are recognising it being a problem and are starting albeit slowly changing their ways.

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  12. 4. [+1,382, -223] But black people are racist against Asian stoo... not that it makes Koreans being racist against blacks any better ㅡㅡ

    Since when?

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  13. Thats the saddest thing imo. And quite honestly I doubt it will ever be completely done

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  14. Racism is everywhere. 1 in 3 English admit they're racist and then you have to think how many don"t even know they are racist.
    K netz and I netz are wrong to think they're alone.

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  15. "8. [+155, -20] Just remember that with human relationships, no one is above or below you."

    this comment is so refreshing to read

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  16. exactly! like you don't know anything about a person unless you talk to them, can we just stop judging people by their looks in general.

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  17. Someone find this person! The messiah has come!!!!

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  18. What I see is most of people who racist not really have good education background. Poor them.

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  19. 3. [+1,568, -123] People with low self esteem tend to be more racist

    YES!! it seems like hating on other people is what makes them live. what a pity

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  20. Gosh. This racism thing is so ugly. Human still remains human whether their colour is not as same as us

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  21. Every race has racists but I have no idea how that netizen came up with that statement

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  22. 1. [+2,165, -131] Koreans hate even Koreans... can't imagine foreigners.


    okay, I laughed at that.

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  23. All races are racist against each other. Some black people have been racist to me.

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  24. The Africans and Ebola situation is sad and only represents ignorance on the part of the Korean people involved in that situation. Racism and colorism in Asia, however, are not just unique to Korea and other East Asian countries, it is rampant everywhere and as a Southeast Asian, it's really saddening and frustrating to witness.

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  25. why? it`s true. American koreans hates koreans from Korea lmao

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  26. Well said my friend well said.

    http://www.mematic.com/_/gifs/applause/applause-gif-tumblr-47_original.gif

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  27. 1. [+2,165, -131] Koreans hate even Koreans... can't imagine foreigners.

    Well said.

    5. [+420, -34] Reverse racism is an even bigger problem... Koreans are
    the majority in Korea and yet when they see a minority white person,
    they're too scared to even talk and bow to their every whim... while a
    white person who can speak a bit of Korean can immediately become a star
    on TV and make money.

    I agree with this too. People should be confident about their own race/culture without belittle the other cultures and races. :)

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  28. kr's racism towards black ppl, middle east ppl n south east asian is no joke... they think they r superior than them for some reasons... funny

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  29. i'm actually amazed with how far we've come. just think of how racist the world was when our parents were kids compared to now. it's kind of shocking

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  30. Can we stop this ? Our blood still red tho.

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  31. Racism is everywhere, and it's even easier to be a racist when someone has never had any personal (positive) contact with people from other races. That's why people should travel if they can, I guess.

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  32. as a citizen living in the multiracial country, I'm so proud to be Malaysian ... eventho there's mess here and there but we're all united against racism and our ppl always trying hard to make the country a better place for all religion and ethnic starting from the basic root: education. it's not an easy thing to do.. especially as a developing country...

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  33. Yes even Asians are racists to fellow Asians.

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  34. SEA SEA SEA so tired with their hate towards SEA

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  35. Not really the case, I'd say the hipster ones who can't speak Korean and hang out with only White friends seem to hate Koreans the most but that's due to internalised hate sprung up from media (under) representation of Koreans and a few other things.

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  36. [+1,382, -223] But black people are racist against Asian stoo... not that it makes Koreans being racist against blacks any better ㅡㅡ

    But you need to understand not "all" of them are racists you moron.

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  37. 2. [+1,926, -122] It's racist if it offends someone, plain and simple. If a foreigner had called a Korean 'yellow person', would you feel good? Even if it's meant as a joke, it's still racism if it offends you.

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  38. you must have been living in a cave

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  39. There isn't a place in the world where you wouldn't find racism. It's sad people can't acknowledge each other as human beings instead the skin of your color. At the end of day whether you are black, white, red, brown, you have the same color blood. "I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color."

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  40. is this a trick daddy verse or?

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  41. Yay Malaysia ! 1Malaysia

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  42. Not this article.
    That's like saying all the knetz commenting on entertainment articles are the same people commenting on articles like these.

    Let me put it this way, people who comment on thought catalog are not necessarily the same ones commenting on news articles.

    If people judged America just on the basis of tumblr SJWs then everyone would agree that America's general population is dumb.

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  43. After seeing their comments about Sooyoung & the SEA shades, it feels like they're such a hypocrite but it feels good that at least there's still a hope for humanity in Korea.

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  44. Agree with you. Not Korea, a lot of country like that.

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  45. the comments on this post... "reverse racist"

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  46. The fact that racism is still a problem even in the US means that Korea will still need 1-2 generations to toss it out completely.

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  47. You're asking how black people are racist against Asians? LOL.


    There's examples every day, from Jason Whitlock tweeting racist stuff about Jeremy Lin's "2 inches of pain" to Floyd Mayweather ranting about Pacquiao making sushi. The black worker in Harlem who wrote "lady chinky eyes" on an Asian woman's order.


    There's the entire thing about the LA Riots where thugs targeted Asian businesses. Even in Ferguson, black rioters targeted Asian businesses like wig shops. Supposed black rights leaders like Marion Barry referring to Chinese storeowners as "dirty."


    Pretty much any Asian kid who's going to a predominantly or largely black school has been the target of racism by black kids. A couple years back in Philly they had ongoing race riots that went on for weeks every lunchtime where hundreds of black kids would beat up dozens of SE Asian kids, the black administrators covered it up.


    In the US we are conditioned to think of racism as things that light skin people perpetrate on darker skin people but really any time any group has more power than another group it happens. There's a very long history of racism from the black community towards Asians, and even the reverse although Asians hold very little power compared to black folks.

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  48. We're all human beings, no one is supposed to be above someone else (or below).
    Btw, the sign on that restaurant is seriously hurtful, ignorance at its finest.

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  49. They aren't always the same people commenting

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  50. you're right that all races have racists people but i don't think black people are any more or less racist than white people though.

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  51. Excuse me but you don't sound like a very educated person yourself.

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  52. It shouldn't have been a thing 50 years ago either, or ever. But it's changing and in some cases improving. How much, well that depends on who you're asking.

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  53. "it feels like they're such a hypocrite" do y'all understand how the internet works yet? like this might as well be it's own type of racism to think that the same ten korean people are getting upvoted for every post.

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  54. there's no such thing as "reverse racism," netizen

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  55. I know. that's why for me it FEELS that way. It's just a feeling not entirely the truth.

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  56. White people tend to be just as racist as Asians raised in Asia. Idk why people think White people aren't as racist, the only populations I'd say which are probably proven to be less racist are under 40 year olds born and raised in the most multicultural capitals in the world (London, New York etc).

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  57. B. [+1,382, -223] But black people are racist against Asian stoo... not that it makes Koreans being racist against blacks any better ㅡㅡ "

    Derailment is that you?

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  58. i'm confused by this comment what is its relevance to this post? will anybody explain????

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  59. Just.grow.up. intelegence,manner,etc are not related with skin colour..

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  60. Racism is everywhere dude. Peoples must have mind set that we're all equal

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  61. I really like the fact that netizenbuzz translate this type of article .thank you

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  62. But............
    In Malaysia some minority sects are still persecuted.........

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  63. All races have racists but I think, generally, uninformed Asians tend to stick to stereotypes set by Western media.
    I'm on the fence about this to be honest.

    "Blackface" we don't necessarily see as offensive since we don't have the history of slavery & oppression whites has over them. Sometimes it's really just to portray skin tone. That's the line of thinking behind that sometimes.


    Also more often than not the racism starts and stops are stereotyping based on pop culture or social stigma. Rarely do you see riots against a certain race and prejudiced killing. #Ferguson highlighted how behind some Americans can be and yet we see half of them preach about racism to others when they can't even deal with the shit in their own country.

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  64. are u sure? when i traveled to malaysia, i got some racism experience.. i didnt get a bonus that must be give if u bought some things because i wear hijab.but when my friend bought same things,the employee in that shop gave her bonus because of her ethnic ..i hope there is not such bad things again in malaysia..

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  65. i think the word the fits in that sentence is "internalized racism"

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  66. Maybe the term isn't reverse racism but there is this patronage of races based on skin tone as the netizen pointed out.

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  67. Chingu,you win the internet today.

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  68. Reverse racism is not a thing though.
    For starters they could stop with their "milky skin" hard on and putting down people with darker skin. Realize that thinking someone with darker skin is automatically less pretty than someone with lighter skin is already a former of racism, even if both are Koreans.

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  69. "and even the reverse although Asians hold very little power compared to black folks." Lmao......................... in the entertainment world, perhaps but in terms of their humanity being honored more, the fucked up "model minority" complex that hurts and somehow upholds asian folks over other poc, and the financial census? nah. asian people don't have significantly less power than black people based on sheer numbers. this isn't a competition and horizontal oppression is very real but that doesn't mean black people have more power than anybody.

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  70. It's not about some measuring contest. the point is that there is a history of racism towards Asians in particular by African Americans. It's a thing, although most Americans live with their heads in the sand about racism, homophobia, bigotry in general.



    It's like the history of friction between Latinos and blacks. If you're white or w/e you probably don't even know about that, although it's a clear part of US social history because a lot of times blacks and latinos were thrown in together at the bottom of the socio economic barrel and thus had a lot of conflicts in their past.



    People try to talk about racism and get into this moralizing like it's your job to make one group look better or worse but it doesn't matter who is the most racist. Really who's the most racist is correlated to whoever has the most power in that situation. It's not about saying black people are bad people or white people are bad people. It's recognizing the struggles that each community goes through.


    One of the big issues with black folks when it comes to racism is that they tend to focus on what's happened to them (which obviously is a lot) and deny or pretend that they don't struggle with racist tendencies as well. It's not like blacks can really be too racist against whites or Jews, since both those groups have more power, but people like Asians, gays and other weaker groups have often been targeted.


    Seriously it's not hard. Find an Asian friend who grew up around a lot of black kids. Obviously they are going to have black friends but I guarantee that every single one has seen some racist shit perpetrated, often repeatedly or very bad situations. Asians just like to move beyond stuff like that (which is a plus and a minus) but they don't make a stink about it so people can pretend it doesn't happen.

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  71. those in the majority tend to be racist to those in the minority.

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  72. i laugh with singkhs,learn with indians and walk home with chinese.is it wrong to just accept the differences and instead appreciate what each one of them has to offer??

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  73. "It's racist if it offends someone, plain and simple." Well, that's not exactly it, but I applaud you for the rest of the message anyway.

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  74. WOW at that sign.....

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  75. Tumblr SJWs are mild compared to the rest of the Internet.

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  76. Yet no mention of the blackface that is still being seen as comedy on Korean shows....


    And that Ebola sign is absolutely disgusting.

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  77. Reverse racism in their comments I think means that their country and people glorify Whites, which is actually kind of a case. Due to Western imperialisation and indoctrination a lot of countries have this problem.

    Also, although I think there's nothing wrong with tanned skin, having pale skin was seen as a beauty standard long before Asians and Blacks even set their eyes upon White people. So I don't think it's necessarily racist.

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  78. Racism is everywhere. even in countries that are more multicultural, there are still some racist people. Those who have not had much interaction with other races tend to be racist. Needless to say, in countries such as Korea (which is probably one of the more ethically homogeneous countries until recent years), a lot of them, especially those outside of Seoul, do not know much about other races. They tend to be less sensitive.
    That said, I think that not all racist people have ill-intentions; some don't realise that they are being racist & hurting others.

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  79. See what i did there?

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  80. you're right but hypocrites do exist.

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  81. seriously w the restaurant with the ebola sign though. wow. i knew people were racist, but i didn't know shit like that was still going on in more urban societies.

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  82. Tutorials like this are some of the reasons. You cant simply look like an asian when there are asians all across asia. A person living in India cant look like a person in China.






    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hncvmZtkrhE

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  83. Somebody? ㅎㅅㅎ

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  84. As for my country, even we claim to be as 1 and live harmony among the different races, racism is always there. Most of the people prefer to be in their own group rather than mixing with other races. And all the race always try to claim that they are more superior than the others. Sigh.

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  85. oh well I'm sorry to hear that ... It's some of the case that's experienced by me too LOL but again, we are trying ...

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  86. Right. I signed that petition to have blackface removed from korean TV. I wonder how that's going.

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  87. Most of the rioting in Ferguson were done by those outside of the town. Plus there's been several accounts where Ferguson residents have protected beauty shops and other local businesses through the protesting. I don't deny that there's racial tension and racial prejudice between black Americans and Asian Americans, but there's quite a bit of solidarity among the two races.

    https://www.blogher.com/files/Asian-Solidarity-Ferguson-550.jpg



    There's been several Asian American organizations that spoke for the black people in Ferguson.

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  88. Anyway, racism is a pretty rampant issue in Korea. I hate how people always try to excuse it by saying they're a primarily homogenous country. It's still an issue, and as been proven by countless comments, even Koreans are aware of it, so there's no excuse.

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  89. "It's racist if it offends someone, plain and simple." THIS this exactly. It does not matter if it doesn't offend you or if you don't understand why it offends someone. If even just one person in a group of 10 of the same race was offended by a racial comment then that's enough. They are not being "too sensitive". You don't have to debate with them why that comment wasn't offensive. You apologise and that's it.

    This is something people who comment in the blackface posts need to learn.

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  90. Malaysia do continue to experience some racism though imo i dont think what you had experience is one..hmm...what store was it?


    idk myb its kinda like how me & my sister would go to a store but she would end up getting freebies while I dont coz the employee there like her more (my sis is prettier and more friendly than me =.= plus she know how to bargain xD) or like how my friend would manage to get our group more perks when we go to karaoke compare to when I would talk to the employee just coz she can speak chinese with them while I cant orz it's more about networking and working your asset i think but myb other people would view it differently?

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  91. As a Korean American, I have never understood why Koreans treat foreign laborers from Southeast Asia so poorly. Do they not understand that their brothers and sisters overseas live the exact same way? As minorities, facing oppression, but still working their fingers to the bone for the sake of their families?


    They think that racism doesn't exist in Korea, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Their racism has become so internalized that they don't even recognize it as racism. It's time for people to become more aware. How shameful that a country that's such a big player in global economics is so intolerant of other races.

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  92. there are discrimination everywhere, in every nation, in every culture, in everything...people try to keep it not so obvious. Its an endless struggle, so it's good to keep your awareness up for this matter so people won't forget, that it's not done yet.

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  93. For the whole 17 years of living in Singapore, I used to thought my country was all Multi Racial and all, until I see Malays and Chinese people at times being racist to each other in terms of religion and skin colour, to the point that some even got infamous and one even lost a job just for her racist statement :(

    Facing the facts that in every country, there will be racists somehow.

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  94. American Anthropological Association say that races are social constructs rather than biological.
    http://www.aaanet.org/stmts/racepp.htm



    So there is no point in anyone saying my race is better than yours.

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  95. This news has been out for a long while, that won't stop the racists and the race talks.

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  96. The amount of bs you're spewing right now. While completely ignoring how big anti black racism is from the Asian community even from Asians living in predominantly black communities in the US. You're speaking of the power dynamics of oppression but are completely ignorant of how systemic racism works. This is you rn "Blacks are so racist towards Asians, yeah sure Asians are kinda a little racis towards Blacks but blacks are worse."

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  97. [+420, -34] Reverse racism is an even bigger problem... Koreans are the majority in Korea and yet when they see a minority white person, they're too scared to even talk and bow to their every whim... while a white person who can speak a bit of Korean can immediately become a star on TV and make money.



    that's not exactly reverse racism (this term is just...) there is another word that exactly depicts what this comment is saying tho

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  98. Nope. I have a korean friend who came from Korea few years ago and study in high school doesn't like those Korean college kids (only came for college, speaks korean and hangout with koreans everywhere).

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  99. racism is everywhere. korea is not the only place that has it. America has it and it is home to so many different ethnicity from all over the world. we can't go and bash on a country about their racism when the one in our own country isn't even fixed. educating is the best, but if we dont preach what we teach what good will it do?

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  100. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljPihGGeEWg

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  101. I met some racists and boy you can tell their rationalizations of why they are racist just makes no sense

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  102. Singapore is multi-racial and most of us grew up learning about other cultures and even our textbooks always have characters from every race. We even adopted English as our first language so that all races can communicate and prevent misunderstandings arising from miscommunication. We pick English even though Chinese is the majority so that it is fair (& also beneficial economically in future).
    While I can't say there is ZERO racism in our country, at least we all come together whenever some idiot posts some racist opinion on social media. Some have even been fired from their jobs. & one was even chased out of the country (hahaha).

    I think what's most important is for everyone to be more exposed to other cultures and races since young and keep an open mind to differences.

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  103. Asians hold very little power compared to black folks.


    this isn't exactly true.

    In the US we are conditioned to think of racism as things that light skin people perpetrate on darker skin people but really any time any group has more power than another group it happens.



    so is this, please do more research.


    I'm not saying that black people can't be racist towards Asians, but please do more research. racism does involve skin color, but it's so much more to it.

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  104. I went to Korea, and some shop won't even let me touch the clothes they are selling.

    I sit on the train and the lady next to me scoot few inches away from me and clutch her back tightly.

    Firstly, if i am a foreigner, does that mean i have dangerous disease in my hand or that i am a robber?

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  105. Since 1998. But the schools have not updated it so students learn incorrect topics which leads to 'racism'.

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  106. I went to Korea, and some shop won't even let me touch the clothes they are selling.

    I sit on the train and the lady next to me scoot few inches away from me and clutch her bag tightly.

    Firstly, if i am a foreigner, does that mean i have dangerous disease in my hand or that i am a robber?

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  107. the way koreans think snsd soyoung is ugly bcoz she looks like south east asian. that is racism too. i do agree that even in a multicultural countries racism occur but if you ever lived in korea you will find their racism is somehow at different level. If you wear hijab they will stare at you up and down and some of the taxi drivers even say that the hijabist girls are ugly. When we asked for help to take our photos they can just politely refuse but they choose to not look at us and just raise their palm to our past to gesture no sign. I do understand that they are scared of foreigners due to their low profi in english but i do believe politeness is not a matter of language.but not all of them are like this, there are awesomely nice koreans. it is just most of them had this kind of racism stigma against people who are different than them.

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  108. The idea they are referring to is white supremacy, aka what leads Asians to pretty much worship white people for being white..

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  109. must be tiring to always tell people here that it is not always the same people commenting on every article translated here. sooyoung article is much more worst. people on nb tends to highlight the negative part of knetz comment when there is only 1 comment with negativity on it.

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  110. I'm talking about American Korean's racist issues tho, not born and raised Koreans.

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  111. Yeah yeah racism is everywhere. It doesn't mean we shouldn't discuss racism in a specific country. It's like saying "blacks are racist against us too111!!!"
    It's derailment 101

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  112. because people are allowing it to be a thing. I don't think that racism can be fully eradicated (guess im pessimistic about it?) but I would rather live during this time then back in the 60s.

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  113. If your ass is green, though....you might want to go to the doctor.

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  114. Reverse racism isn't really the correct word to use. What that comment was explaining was white supremacy.

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  115. Though we are trying hard, but racism is still there in every races, imo.

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  116. It's a translation, so...maybe there is in Korean? O.o

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  117. 6. [+285, -35] What I learned from traveling overseas is that the racist
    ones tend to be the dumber ones... Not educationally, but people who
    weren't raised properly by their parents.



    That'd explain why niggers are racist

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  118. Technically, it's clear unless it becomes oxygenated, but...it's a nice turn of phrase?

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  119. Lonelyyyy i'm so lonelyyyyy

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  120. I agree w the comment that says even Koreans can hate Koreans, case in point: SNSD sooyoung's article. They hate on her for looking like a south East Asian...

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  121. [+420, -34] Reverse racism is an even bigger problem... Koreans are the majority in Korea and yet when they see a minority white person, they're too scared to even talk and bow to their every whim... while a white person who can speak a bit of Korean can immediately become a star on TV and make money.

    finally someone talks about how ridiculously good white people are treated in korea. it's bugs me so much when white people speak on their experiences in korea as if they're representing white people because any non-white person would be treated 1000x worse

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  122. actually very little has changed. very very little. it just looks better on the surface.

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  123. Exactly..we are 1Malaysia... ^_^ Selamat Hari Malaysia in advance my fellow Malaysian friends ^_^

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  124. I agree with the Malaysian student about individualism. Of course racism is not only in Korea. Probably happens in Malaysia too, China too, and of course in the States racists talk down to "minorities"...even minorities of one ethnicity talks down to fellow minorities of another ethnicity. I believe this all roots in the lack of exposure to differences and not being able to accept difference of opinion, which leads to stereotypical thinking and when one acts upon those stereotypes, that's acting as a racist.

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  125. every country have some bad experience abt racism..all things that we can do now is we dont do it again .:)
    the store is a big chocolate factory in KL..
    yes i agree, although maybe people can say that things are not big things but,from this little things,something can be a big one..

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  126. in the states people kill minorities its not just talking down

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  127. Honestly, racism is technically everywhere even in multi-racial countries but you probably don't even realise. I live in Singapore, which is a multi-racial country but I remember there was a survey conducted. Only one in two Singaporeans have a close friend of a different race. Yeah so what if we are multi-racial and we are living peacefully, in the end, everyone of us are probably racist because of the stereotypical mindset we are raised with. You just don't realise it.

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  128. That's what I said ._.

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  129. it's deeply ingrained and people think racism is as simple as hating X race and that having an X race friend means you're not racist. it's definitely something that needs to be talked about more.

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  130. I probably do not like youSeptember 11, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    well, it still is red. Blood doesnt just run through your body without oxygen,..

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  131. The AAA does not acknowledge race, but they do acknowledge ethnicity.

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  132. Racism is everywhere. It won't disappear. It depends how people does it and deal with it. In my country, especially my town are multi-cultural, school kids would use sterotypes in jokes and wont find it offensive, adults would says stuff behind their backs, but it wont be offensive like some above article examples because we learnt to be respective other cultures. Of course there would be some dumb shit who will go right into a person face and yell racist shit. Those who do that are people who didn't brought up or expose to multicultural environment.

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  133. Don't talk about caucausians koreans even discriminate asians people not from korea like china SEA

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  134. PREACH!! a poop still a poop whether its red, green or blue

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  135. Aren't Malays given more benefits?

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  136. 8. [+155, -20] Just remember that with human relationships, no one is above or below you.

    How i hope there is more people with excellent principle like this knetizen in the world.

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  138. Actually blood unless it's exposed to air, idk by a paper cut or something, is clear.
    Doesn't really matter tho.

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  139. I probably do not like youSeptember 11, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    Exactly. It became sooo common and the minds think collectively that they think it doesnt exist or thinks it is just normal.. OTL (this does not only apply to Korea btw.)

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  140. red poop.....

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  141. A lot of non black poc tend to deny the severe anti-blackness within their own culture.

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  142. The thing is tho ... America is way more racist than I have ever seen Koreans be ever still to this day.

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  143. http://isnoop.net/sa/cookie.gif

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  144. okay confusion. so are you talking about americans living in korea or koreans living in america? I have feeling you are talking the 2nd one.

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  145. I probably do not like youSeptember 11, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    lol. WTF. are you serious. You do know that blood CARRIES oxygen right? even without it expose outside the body so it will always be red. deOxygenated blood is dark red while oxygenated blood is bright red.

    (i sound serious but i am serious coz blood is not clear. unless you are talking about one of its component.but you have to do centrifuge to separate it and make it clear)

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  146. But if you consider Martin Luther King's dream of black children and white children holding hands with one another, you can see how far we really have come. Back then, it was a dream but now it is a reality.


    Of course, we've still got a long way to go to eradicate racism but we have to acknowledge our progress too.

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  147. https://kathieontherun.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/big-butt.jpg?w=199&h=300

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  148. Brazil is composed of miscegenated people, here we have all kind of ethics and cultures but even that way the racism exist. It is like 51% of the population is black but the prejudice against black people is huge! I really don't understand it! To me some people are just so stupid that they need find a way to hate other people and they choose the color of the skin as a parameter.

    The worst thing to is when a person hate their own ethnicity!

    So I think isn't only in Korea that there is racism but I think there people do not see it as a problem and this is the biggest concern.

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  149. http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2014-03/enhanced/webdr05/28/16/anigif_enhanced-buzz-9595-1396039771-6.gif

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  150. Racism? Sure, once we get rid of you know - colourism, white privelege, white entitlement, eurocentric beauty standards, the remnants of imperialism and colonialism...


    and that 'we all bleed red' bs.


    that phrase is promoting the erasure of race rather than embracing our cultural and ethnic differences and respecting one another. (none of that 'appreaciation' bs either, pls.)

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  151. http://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0r7nrkjRq1rrsq3mo1_500.jpg

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  152. don't like judging others.
    myself isn't perfect yet.

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  153. it might contain blood .. 0.o

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  154. http://adjunct.diodon349.com/America_in_distress/Obama_God.jpg

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  155. Tell em! The point is not pretending there arent differences but not oppressing people because of these differences.

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  156. Well, judgment is part of human nature, a survival mechanism; therefore, it will exist as long as we're alive. Everyone judges everyone on a daily basis whether or not we decide to voice it out. You will judge and be judged by others throughout your life. That's something that will never change.

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  157. And I'm here get excited at the word "Malaysian". Haha I think racism exist everywhere, just as how there's stupidity everywhere.

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  158. http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpho1uGYwR1qzjix8.gif

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  159. The famous one. This child described what colour is.

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  160. I live kpop and dramas but honestly im not a big fan of "Korea" like most of the kpop fans are. And yeah Koreans are kinda racist and rude. Of course not all the Koreans..
    I studied in Lithuania and there were Korean students even though they were the minority in there they were still like that. Im sorry but its just my opinion and what i witnessed.

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  161. Malaysia is so tolerant that Israelis aren't even allowed to visit it just because of their nationality... And Malaysia is generally huge in antisemitism

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  162. that is deep i love it.

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  163. A Malaysian student at Kyunghee University also brought to attention Korea's mob mentality. "Whenever I get into a difference of opinion with a Korean, they claim that it's because I'm a foreigner that I'm not knowledgeable on Korean sentiment. In life, there will always be differences in opinions but Koreans unfairly blame it on religion or nationality. Koreans talk as if they represent the entire 50 million population. They need to realize that individual opinions matter as well."

    100% agreed. Sorry to say but Korean studs in my university had no manner. They act like they owned the place. Luckily I do not generalize all Korean people since I love Korean music.

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  164. Ofc I know blood caries oxygen... but that oxygen is not enough to turn the blood red. Omg this is a scientifically known fact. Just google it.

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  165. http://img.pandawhale.com/103875-chris-tucker-facepalm-gif-Frid-GSTI.gif

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  166. yeah Israel called our former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir as a anti Semitic... why? because he against to what ever happened in Gaza by Israel... It's a sentiment by most Muslim ppl if not all .. never heard Israeli aren't allowed to visit Malaysia tho

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  167. I probably do not like youSeptember 11, 2014 at 3:31 AM

    holy crap. i am having a mental breakdown right now. I wonder if i went to an outerspace school. omg. NOT enough to make it red????? Scientifically known fact??? What planet am i on?

    How about you google that shit.

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  168. Hijab has nothing to do with race/country though, is Hijab in someones DNA? No.

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  169. 1. [+2,165, -131] Koreans hate even Koreans... can't imagine foreigners.
    3. [+1,568, -123] People with low self esteem tend to be more racist



    these is actually fairly true~

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  170. the 'bumiputra' thingy?

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  171. korean americans (ethnicity first then nationality second). I was saying it's not necessarily Korean americans who can't speak korean hates koreans. Any people who migrated to another country as a kid who can speak their own language can hate their own people (which I think it's due to westernization). I have a few friends like that.

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  172. Yes, and over 90 % of people in Muslim countries are antisemitic (agree to statements such as thinking Jews control the world, think of Jews as lesser than themselves, etc.) according to surveys
    And here's a map pf the visa requirements for Israeli citizens, they aren't allowed to enter the countries marked in black: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cb/Visa_requirements_for_Israeli_citizens.png/1280px-Visa_requirements_for_Israeli_citizens.png

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  173. of course you can't always stop it, but stereotypes and other misconceptions can keep you from really seeing others for what they are.

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  174. people can try and hope for a better future but it will never stop - like murder, hate and so on...why? because we are humans...that is reality.

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  175. Despite the multiculturalism Britain seems to Boast in the last census 85% of the population was white so I don't really think that statistic is weird when and the reality is that there are still towns in England in the countryside with a black population of zero

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  176. It's new for me, thanks for the info

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  177. all that person is saying that despite our cultural and ethnic differences we are all humans (and race is a socially constructed concept). i'm sure that person doesn't believe that people should throw away their cultures, or is in support of colourism etc so your criticism is misguided imo.

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  178. OK u win today lol

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  179. [+1,926, -122] It's racist if it offends someone, plain and simple. If a foreigner had called a Korean 'yellow person', would you feel good? Even if it's meant as a joke, it's still racism if it offends you.
    Bless this netizen... People everywhere need to read this.

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  180. I'm not going to lie... I'm basically a tan Bangladeshi, and my mom is darker than me. When we went to Korea we did meet nice people, but we met with a lot of racist remarks along with pretty rude behaviors... My mom was actually horrified which is why she doesn't want to go there again (we're settled in the westcoast of the US)... And even I changed my mind studying abroad there because of our experiences. I'm not saying "OMFG KOREA IS RACIST", but I can understand some of the foreigner's complaints from there even though I only stayed for 3 weeks as opposed to staying for a semester or year to study there.

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  181. Racism is everywhere though, but I have to say that the racist Koreans I've run into are at least upfront it. I like in the southern part of the US where racism is more subtle and everyone tries to act so pc and accepting when they're really cursing you out in their heads. So I kind of appreciate the blatant honesty the few times I've actually seen a korean who was racist.

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  182. They would see it as a problem if the problem was with the majority.
    And then they scream proud that they have the best univ. and eneryone wants to study there but then foreigners aren't really welcomed.


    I find Brazil such a dumb place when talking about racism (really 51% is black and we still live with it) but at least we respect different opinions ~_~

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  183. From that logic, then Korea and China's government should be allowed to ban all Japanese from entering their respective countries because of the rhetoric of Shinzo Abe and the right-wing ultranationalists who deny Japan's crimes from decades ago.


    Some leaders have rocks for brains, unfortunately.

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  184. "Sure, once we get rid of you know - colourism, white privelege, white entitlement, eurocentric beauty standards, the remnants of imperialism and colonialism"


    You can get rid of those with even the most ruthless and oppressive methods, and it's still not going to kill racism. It'll simply be replaced by another form of it by another group of people.


    It doesn't matter if you're white, black, yellow, green, blue, red or purple.

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  185. yep. even tho I agree with what the Malaysian student said, but coming from Malaysia myself, we have our racism issue as well... it's everywhere...

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  186. "A restaurant that refused to serve Africans due to the Ebola virus"


    That restaurant is in Itaewon and owner buy a WHITE GUY. Just saying

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  187. Koreans hate even Koreans... 

    That's so true!

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  188. When Koreans joke about and look down on other Koreans' for their naturally tanned skin, is that considered racist as well? Because it feels like it.

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  189. you're so positive dear :)
    as a Malaysian myself, being a citizen of multicultural country make me proud as well and I found that it's what make this country so unique but...
    racism issue is still there no matter how the outward looking of this country may didnt seems look like it... huhu...
    but as the new generation, it's our responsibility to acknowledge this issue and try to find mutual understanding and live in a true harmony between each other :D
    Happy Malaysia Day fellow Malaysians here in NB ^_^

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