Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Koreans fear backlash from shooting rampage

I'm very sorry to hear this.

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the government hoped the Virginia Tech shootings, allegedly carried out by a 23-year-old South Korean native, would not "stir up racial prejudice or confrontation." [...]
Kim Min-kyung, a South Korean student at Virginia Tech reached by telephone from Seoul, said there were some 500 Koreans at the school, including Korean-Americans. She said she had never met the shooter Cho. Fearing retaliation, she said South Korean students were gathering in groups "as it could be dangerous."

I trust not. Put me down for whatever this is worth: there will be no reprisals against Koreans at Virginia Tech. Maybe they've got a cowboy vigilante image of Americans stuck in their subconsciouses. From experience, I know that Koreans tend to lump people into stereotypes, but really hate being the object of said lumpage. I am confident that this low opinion of the American students at VT will prove to be completely unfounded, and I hope the Korean students remember it.


  1. one of their own just committed the worst hate crime in American hostory, and S Korea's only concern is about 'American racism'???

    what GALL!!!!

    really showing a lot of gratitude for 50 years of free military protection

  2. Actually there's more to that than the quoted statement. However, you got to admit that American reaction to Arabs after 9/11 wasn't exactly stellar either, so despite the unfounded stereotyping, it's not an entirely ungrounded request.


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