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Friday, January 10, 2014

Sam Hammington talks about the racism he experienced as an interracial couple


Reader request.

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Article: Sam Hamington "I've been discriminated against in Korea, almost got into a fight"

Source:
TV Daily via Nate

"I experienced a lot of racism when I first came to Korea. I was walking with my girlfriend in the subway and a grandpa came up to my girlfriend and swore at her for dating a foreigner. Another instance is when a man came up to me in Hongdae and tried to pick a fight. Fortunately, my friend came over and put an end to that."

1. [+834, -37] White and black people actually have it easier in Korea. I was on the bus sometime ago and a South East Asian man got up to share his seat with an ajumma who had a kid. Unfortunately, the high school kids sitting behind were making fun of him with sarcastic remarks... I was so angry because I think he understood Korean by the way he put his head down... Koreans seem to forget that we have a history of moving to other countries for work back in the '70s and '80s.. we have no right to put down foreign laborers. Fortunately, everyone on the bus came together and put the high schoolers in their place but we really need to work on respecting foreign laborers.

2. [+798, -213] I don't get why people swear at girls who date foreigners. They're all human beings and they're clearly dating each other because they love each other... Why accuse Korean girls of liking foreign men? ㅋㅋㅋ Why is that something to put down? Don't you men drool over foreign girls too if they're pretty? If a man dates a foreign girl, he's skilled, but if a girl dates a foreign man, it's something to put down? I don't think anyone who puts down girls dating foreign men have ever been in a relationship themselves.

3. [+400, -47] There is racism everywhere in the world. Not only racism, but discrimination of sex, age, nationality, wealth, everything...

4. [+21, -5] People who are racist are clearly stupid and can only think that far. I really hope racism is abolished.

5. [+15, -3] I feel bad for my aunt as well. She went on vacation overseas and fell in love with a nice man and got married and has kids now... She came to visit Korea with him and went out on a short date and people were swearing at her outright, calling her a sl*t for dating a foreigner. She got mad and yelled at them saying he's her husband and they just passed by, looking awkward. People need to be aware that there are interracial couples that truly love each other, don't hate on them all ㅠㅠ

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171 comments:

  1. 1. [+834, -37] White and black people actually have it easier in Korea. I was on the bus sometime ago and a South East Asian man got up to share his seat with an ajumma who had a kid. Unfortunately, the high school kids sitting behind were making fun of him with sarcastic remarks... I was so angry because I think he understood Korean by the way he put his head down... Koreans seem to forget that we have a history of moving to other countries for work back in the '70s and '80s.. we have no right to put down foreign laborers. Fortunately, everyone on the bus came together and put the high schoolers in their place but we really need to work on respecting foreign laborers.





    Mad respect guys. I still have faith in humanity.

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  2. "If a man dates a foreign girl, he's skilled, but if a girl dates a foreign man, it's something to put down?"


    EXACTLY. I hate this attitude! Men can date out of their own race and it's some kind of achievement but if a woman falls for someone who isn't the same race as her she gets all kind of verbal abuse.

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  3. 2. [+798, -213] I don't get why people swear at girls who date foreigners. They're all human beings and they're clearly dating each other because they love each other... Why accuse Korean girls of liking foreign men? ㅋㅋㅋ Why is that something to put down? Don't you men drool over foreign girls too if they're pretty? If a man dates a foreign girl, he's skilled, but if a girl dates a foreign man, it's something to put down? I don't think anyone who puts down girls dating foreign men have ever been in a relationship themselves.



    But then we remember the comments about the girl that was hanging out with two drunk foreign dudes not too long ago. Things like this are hopeful and the fact that there are so many thumbs up are great but I'm not holding my breath.

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  4. I always have the sense ... that Korean probably is among the 5 countries with highest racism

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  5. Racism talk again.. when I was young I didn't know there was such thing and even when I grew up. Only I realized racism when I moved here in USA. I didn't know it was that bad.

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  6. "3. [+400, -47] There is racism everywhere in the world. Not only racism,
    but discrimination of sex, age, nationality, wealth, everything...


    4. [+21, -5] People who are racist are clearly stupid and can only think that far. I really hope racism is abolished.

    AMEN to these comments.

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  7. Reminds me of that crazy MBC report about interracial couple. Many Koreans were outraged by this shit.
    For those who missed it ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B09FXOZVw4g
    At least, the answer is funny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elZilTWDOag

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  8. The whole worlds a mixin' people should get used to it.

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  9. Dominique (도미니크)January 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Love knows no boundary! It does not matter what race, religion, beliefs or whatever.
    At the end of the day we are all born the same way and will all end up the same way...

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  10. I thought they love whites.

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  11. how would you measure that? I don't think there is a thermometer for racism.

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  12. Dominique (도미니크)January 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Racism is EVERYWHERE! Even in "melting pot" countries like the USA.

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  13. more if it's a dude with a white girl
    asian girls that date white men are seen as ~betraying the race

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  14. Dominique (도미니크)January 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    I got told by my other "black" friends that I hate my race because my bf is not black!
    Like, who looks at race before they fall in love. I fell for that smile and personality!!

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  15. It's not just Koreans but really all Asians with hatred of South-East Asians and their "lower class" background attributed to our perceived darker skin and economically poor country.

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  16. they do when it's a white girl x korean guy, but typically not when it's a white guy x korean girl

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  17. maybe you mean out of developed countries

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  18. [+834, -37] White and black people actually have it easier in Korea. I was on the bus sometime ago and a South East Asian man got up to share his seat with an ajumma who had a kid. Unfortunately, the high school kids sitting behind were making fun of him with sarcastic remarks... I was so angry because I think he understood Korean by the way he put his head down... Koreans seem to forget that we have a history of moving to other countries for work back in the '70s and '80s.. we have no right to put down foreign laborers. Fortunately, everyone on the bus came together and put the high schoolers in their place but we really need to work on respecting foreign laborers.

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    I've heard so many stories like this from a lot of Filipino overseas workers, not just in South Korea but in various parts of the world, even in their own country. We should all try hard to stop belittling everyone we think to be below us just to feel superior.

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  19. 5. [+15, -3] I feel bad for my aunt as well. She went on vacation overseas and fell in love with a nice man and got married and has kids now... She came to visit Korea with him and went out on a short date and people were swearing at her outright, calling her a sl*t for dating a foreigner. She got mad and yelled at them saying he's her husband and they just passed by, looking awkward. People need to be aware that there are interracial couples that truly love each other, don't hate on them all ㅠㅠ



    dude, my aunt was in the same position except it was with my grandparents. Although, my grandmother was very nasty towards my now, uncle, but I don't think she swore or called her a slut. My other aunt and my dad had to end up arguing with her to stop it, but apparently she is still nasty to him even now. What makes it worse is that my aunt had a miscarriage and my grandmother acted very mean to her and said that it was because she married my uncle who was not korean. Seriously I didn't understand her at all when my mom told me she said that. FYI my aunt now has a healthy baby named Joonki. ~ People really should to learn how to accept interracial couples. There is nothing wrong with it. They are just two people who love each other to death. I agree with you netizen~

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  20. "4. [+21, -5] People who are racist are clearly stupid and can only think that far. I really hope racism is abolished."


    UM racism is a systemic thing, its normalized and institutionalized, its not something that can be "abolished". it's something that was created and ingrained into the culture as a way to uphold a white patriarchal society where women and everyone that are not white is kept at a different social hierarchy than that of white men.


    and dont EVER say that white people and black people share even the slightest amount of the same discrimination. because in kmedia, its not the white people that play the gangsters IS IT. how ignorant and uninformed.

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  21. Like #2 said, if a Korean guy dates a white girl he's a player with mad game and everyone pats him on the back. If a Korean girl dates a white guy, people call her a trashy slut who sold her culture out.

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  22. It's because the racist was a high schooler. A lot of Koreans nowadays know racism is wrong but most of the time older people do racist things and people can't really stand up to them, because they are old.

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  23. Imagine if racism was outright illegal, now that would be something else.

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  24. Thanks God I live in Brazil, a country where racism is one of the worst crimes.

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  25. 1. [+834, -37] White and black people actually have it easier in Korea. I was on the bus sometime ago and a South East Asian man got up to share his seat with an ajumma who had a kid. Unfortunately, the high school kids sitting behind were making fun of him with sarcastic remarks... I was so angry because I think he understood Korean by the way he put his head down... Koreans seem to forget that we have a history of moving to other countries for work back in the '70s and '80s.. we have no right to put down foreign laborers. Fortunately, everyone on the bus came together and put the high schoolers in their place but we really need to work on respecting foreign laborers



    THIS.



    As a South East Asian, I have to say that many Koreans treats us as second- class citizens of this world. And I really mad whenever they said that SNSD Sooyoung is not pretty because she looks like us. (><)

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  26. i think korea should stay korean. ps i'm not korean

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  27. Are you saying that there is a WHITE patriarchal society in Korea? Also, they aren't saying they share the same amount of discrimination, only that they both face discrimination.

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  28. Sometimes Korean people are gonna fall in love with people who aren't Korean. It's unavoidable.

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  29. Not really. When a friend of mine dated a white girlfriend in Korea, older people treated him like he's dating some Russian prostitute and people gave weird stare to the couple all the time.

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  30. That mentality isn't with every race. A black man dates a woman of another race and he gets told he's a sell out. I've seen it happen way to many times. It's sad because the ones saying this are just insecure in their own lives.

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  31. It seems too much fixation on Korea has made you lose a worldly perspective. Do you have any idea what is really happening around the world even at this moment? Especially in numerous third world countries? Ever heard of ethnic cleansing? SMH

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  32. 1. [+834, -37] White and black people actually have it easier in Korea. I was on the bus sometime ago and a South East Asian man got up to share his seat with an ajumma who had a kid. Unfortunately, the high school kids sitting behind were making fun of him with sarcastic remarks... I was so angry because I think he understood Korean by the way he put his head down... Koreans seem to forget that we have a history of moving to other countries for work back in the '70s and '80s.. we have no right to put down foreign laborers. Fortunately, everyone on the bus came together and put the high schoolers in their place but we really need to work on respecting foreign laborers.


    I come from South East Asia TT__TT.

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  33. If that's your own personal beliefs then that's on you, but that's a very sad way to think. Why does race or culture matter when someone forms a relationship?

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  34. There's Xenophobia everywhere... But I kinda understand Korea. They were never a country people looked at, they have a strong culture and also people that don't really pay any attention to the "globalization". So it's kinda difficult for them to grow into a country that welcomes well foreigners, it'll take a while for them to accept that they're part of a globaziled world. I have friends and other people close to me that say some Europen countries don't welcome foreigners well too, depending of where they come. We can't blame Korea that much, it's a global thing we have to work into. ( If it makes no sense, english isn't my first language. )

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  35. Right. Because Korea has KKK and kill foreigners saying they took their jobs LOL

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  36. [+400, -47] There is racism everywhere in the world. Not only racism,
    but discrimination of sex, age, nationality, wealth, everything...



    [+21, -5] People who are racist are clearly stupid and can only think that far. I really hope racism is abolished. ments.


    ^^^^^^^


    I really wish racism wasn't such a prelevant issue in this day and age. ugh.

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  37. I think it's not intentional racism, more like ignorant racism. Korea might have foreigners but they are still new to this concept. Also the clash of cultures might be another reason older koreans dont like younger generation dating foreigners. Its same for my country too.

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  38. Koreans are pretty racist, and that's something that should change, but at the moment, their racism isn't really hurting anybody. Korea is like...99% Korean. I think other places have bigger issues that actually hurt its own citizens on a day-to-day basis.

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  39. Old people have bad impressions of foreigners, especially due to those army/navy bases wherein they just go look for local girls and fool them into "falling in love" then dumping them when they get pregnant. It happens in a lot of Asian countries.

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  40. That's just plain oh stupid.

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  41. There are worse racism in the world, just that you are only exposed to Korea's side...

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  42. Yet we still have this shit. :c

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  43. I think it's insecurity. Whenever I see a Korean man who's mad at a Korean woman dating a white man, he never has a problem with Korean men dating white women because that doesn't make HIM feel like he's not good enough. The opposite in fact.


    It's not just Korean men though, there are insecure men and women of every race.

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  44. Ilbe bugs, I guess.
    My comment also got many downvotes, and I swear what I said is right.

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  45. lol maybe except Singapore. Most of them there are Chinese. But since it only take up like one dot in SEA, I guess it doesn't matter much

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  46. 2. [+798, -213] If a man dates a foreign girl, he's skilled, but if a girl dates a foreign man, it's something to put down?



    I just gotta know, why would dating a foreigner make a guy skilled?

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  47. I agree. It is pitiful but it seems anyone who dates outside their race always has to deal with some sort of criticism.

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  48. Very elaborate comment. In regards to the days of slavery, most definitely.

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  49. There's this idea that Asian men can't get white or black women, especially white women. It's a Western stereotype but the West has kind of exported it to Asia, so now even Asian men who have never been to the West will often feel like they can't get a foreign girl even if they try. So if a Korean guy dates a foreign girl, especially a pretty one, he's seen as overcoming that.

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  50. Very true. My grandparents divorced and then like 10 years later, my grandfather met and married my Nana, who's white. She still gets so much shit from one of my aunts, it's really sad & it hurts to see her still saying things after 40 years have passed & my grandfather dying didn't ease anything. My aunt doesn't even want my cousins to marry a white girl which is pretty funny since her oldest only dates white girls anyways. Sorry if this is so long, these kinds of things are always personal to me because of my family.

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  51. Must be the 'Ya feel so good' time rn

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  52. this isn't about the 'white patriarchy' in South Korea its about the lack of understanding and exposure of other cultures and races...which will only improve in time

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  53. Many poor Koreans aren't treated all that nicely either. It's about the socioeconomic prejudice and S. E. Asians happen to make up a large percentage of foreign laborers in Korea. People will try to be subtle but unfortunately some prejudice will remain in any society.

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  54. Sim, mas o que é bom é que a gente tá conseguindo controlar boa parte desse crime com essa lei.

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  55. Why is this downvoted so much? It's true. Didn't Dayoung (fromHello Baby MBLAQ) get hate for being half Vietnamese?

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  56. 4. [+21, -5] People who are racist are clearly stupid and can only think that far. I really hope racism is abolished.



    sadly, racism cannot be abolished. It can be avoided but it won't disappear completely. :(

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  57. But there's still a lot of racism here. Dont say as our country is perfect either. ^^" my asian friends are treated badly by their backs, ans with the "Sushi, Hong Kong, Psy" thing ad much as many white guys act as they are best. Even on army a white friend saw black beong treated as shit. Hardly any of them are send to jail neither paid for it. We do have rules against it, but hardly it is followed...

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  58. Foreign girls (mostly white girls) are considered pretty, and kind of unattainable? In the West, Asian men tend to be seen as...undesirable by non-Asian girls, and it would seem that this is well-know over there.


    I don't think your average Korean man would ever want to marry a Foreign girl, but being able to say "I've slept with a white girl before" makes one seem cool.

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  59. lol that doesn't mean there's no racism. racism isn't just people disrespecting you verbally or beating you up..

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/racism-remains-institutionalized-in-brazil-un-panel-1.1591369

    http://www.economist.com/node/21543494

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  60. "Controlar" né... no fundo as pessoas continuam sendo racistas, só que caladas. Bom seria mudar a cabeça delas, mas como não conseguimos operar milagres ainda...

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  61. What's their problem?! Honestly. :/

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  62. Reminds me of my mother's friend. She told her son he better not home bring home anything 'pink' and by pink she meant a white girl.

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  63. yeah some american soldiers can be pricks :/

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  64. I can get that but to what end? If South Korea wants to be part of the global community shouldn't we hold them to higher standards and a higher awareness?

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  65. I'm not saying Brazil is perfect, I only said that racism is actually crime here. We still have a long road to follow.

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  66. Claro, existem muitos racistas por aqui, mas o bom é que as pessoas que sofrem o racismo podem denunciar tal ato.

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  67. My aunt said the same thing to my cousin. Unfortunately for her, that's all he dates.

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  68. It IS actually. People in Korea, and many other places in the world, get their knowledge of other cultures and races from American media. That which is controlled by said white patriarchy and as a result people of color are more often than not only portrayed in negative stereotypical ways.

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  69. I get what you are saying. But korea is still new to this. Hell US had so much more time but there are still racist bigots walking around everywhere

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  70. Yes, I just said it's a crime. I'm not saying Brazil is perfect and it has no racism lmao

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  71. I'm Indonesian, and I have experienced this before on the subway in Seoul. There were a group of guys talking and laughing while looking at us (we were 3 girls with hijab). One of them even made 'monkey' gestures towards us by the time they got off.

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  72. And wow, this picture actually touched my heart. I can't really believe we live in a country where racism still exists, even with the rules.

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  73. Is THIS about white patriarchy and the representation of people of colour?, or about the perception of interracial couples in South Korea those of colour/and white?

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  74. Untrue, because you aren't taking into account other Asian cultures (including South East Asia) I'm fairly certain they don't get their "knowledge"

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  75. I agree, why would a nation, one that comes under 'people of colour' discriminate against their own? this article is about interracial couples, not white patriarchy and white supremacy.

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  76. [+834, -37] White and black people actually have it easier in Korea. I was on the bus sometime ago and a South East Asian man got up to share his seat with an ajumma who had a kid. Unfortunately, the high school kids sitting behind were making fun of him with sarcastic remarks... I was so angry because I think he understood Korean by the way he put his head down... Koreans seem to forget that we have a history of moving to other countries for work back in the '70s and '80s.. we have no right to put down foreign laborers. Fortunately, everyone on the bus came together and put the high schoolers in their place but we really need to work on respecting foreign laborers.

    Hope.There is hope.

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  77. They're not /that/ new to it and I'm not saying that the USA is great and racist free. We as a global society will never be rid of it. Ever. There will always be those people, unintentional and otherwise. I just feel like it's time we start to hold them accountable. If we don't they'll never learn because ignorance is bliss. This doesn't mean we attack them but we can't just give them a pass because they're 'new' to it.

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  78. You can attribute some things to American media, but you also then have to take into account the fact that Korea is rather homogenous and its culture is like that as well. That's what I'm saying.

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  79. "Didn't Dayoung (fromHello Baby MBLAQ) get hate for being half Vietnamese?"


    Never heard of that. Got any link?

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  80. Gingerbread Man's VitalityJanuary 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I'm surprised to see you might be right. I don't know how scientific this study is, but it's recent so I'm posting it.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325502/Map-shows-worlds-racist-countries-answers-surprise-you.html

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  81. I understand it's not on topic, but what do you mean by the first part of this comment?

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  82. Sorry I wasn't sure how to word it myself but I didn't understand the relevance of the white patriarchy which promotes white privileges etc, if white patriarchy really was such a big part of Korean society surely it would be seen as a good thing that more Korean men and women are coupling up with white people. regardless of a persons skin colour there is discrimination (not on the same level) but discrimination either way, thus why I'm finding it hard to understand why the white patriarchy has anything to do with interracial couples and how they're perceived.

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  83. "51% of Brazil’s population is black. And the other half has double the opportunities. That needs to change."

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  84. Reminds me like my own friend...she's Asian and her parents said that it's alright for her to date a guy who isn't Asian (except for a black guy...:() but, she has to marry an Asian man.

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  85. *rolls my eyes* wow poor straight white man so oppressed

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  86. My friends went to korea before, they are muslim and wearing hijab and they said kodrean are really racist towards muslim. She said if its not because of her idols she wont go to korea anymore.

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  87. Don't lie because blacks get treated like shit in Brazil its funny because most of the brazilian population has african ancestry.

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  88. My arab friend's parents said this to him. Apparently white girls are for "fun", but marriage will only be happening with an arab girl.

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  89. This is horrible.. racism is horrible everywhere. Actually white people has it easier in S Korea. They appreciate people with fair light skin. I remember one case about a professor from India who was riding a bus with his Korean female friend, a Korean man who was sitting behind them was yelling and shouting profanities. and he also insulted the female friend because she's dating a black man. Then, the professor filed a lawsuit.
    I also remember an ep of Hello Counselor about a university student from Kenya who told a story that he had a rough life in S Korea just because he was black. It was... horrible. Just watch the episode on KBSWorld on youtube. That was such a serious problem but it only get 115 votes out of 150. *sigh*

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  90. Racism was created to keep people divided..

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  91. chinese are also looked down upon to an extent in korea..

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  92. LOL for a second I thought the 2nd video was an actual documentary LOL XD I see it was mocking the first one LOL...gotcha. XD

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  93. A lot of counties are built off of racism though *cough america cough canada*

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  94. Lol this isn't true.. East asian girls always get looked down upon for not dating asian guys.. But when an east asian guy dates out of their race it's seen as a good thing. i always seen asian guys talking shit about asian girls not dating asians but its ok for them not to date asian girls.. its double standards.

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  95. In Korea, they even look down upon ethnic korean-Chinese as well as North Koreans. It's sad since their all technically korean.

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  96. if you're not korean then shut the fuck up about how you believe korea should be like, troll.

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  97. thats cuz black men always speak badly about black women

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  98. Yeah...I think a lot of the more traditional-thinking parents are like this? I dunno. :/ it's pretty sad that there's this divide.

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  99. Seriously tho half asian half white guys are so hot

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  100. Are you kidding? Most Korean parents are against interracial marriage whether it's their son or daughter doing it.

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  101. The reality is often a lot more complex. This critique is more insightful.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/17/5-insights-on-the-racial-tolerance-and-ethnicity-maps-from-an-ethnic-conflict-professor/

    Also Korean netizens found that the wording in the Korean questionnaire was different from the English one. In the Korean question, it asks you whether you want to live around this and that group of people. But in the English one, it asks you whether you are okay with living around certain people.

    http://www.wvsevsdb.com/wvs/WVSDocumentation.jsp?Idioma=I

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  102. Hey, hey, don't be mean! It was probably really horrible for him to be judged solely for his race. Can you imagine being a straight white man and finding out that racism still exists?

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  103. Racism was created so that white people could make their enslavement and colonization of non-europeans legitimate. like "those people are inferior to us so it's alright for us to treat them horribly".

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  104. i think you mean crimes due to racism are illegal which they are in most places. it doesnt mean racism is illegal

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  105. And Koreans are also looked down in China and Japan.

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  106. It's a combination of things. It means he has game and also will acquire experience apparently since they think foreign girls are more forward, sexually.

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  107. ikr? his life sucks so much to be judged soley on his race meanwhile in his home country (and many other countries) non-white people are racially profiled, experience hate crimes, and have a harder time securing jobs compared to white people! but you know, his experiences were so much worse

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  108. Oh okay, I see. I agree. Thank you for clarifying.

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  109. I think it's time to step out of your bubble.

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  110. That's really terrible. I'm sorry that happened to you and your friends bb <3

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  111. That poor South East Asian man in #1. I almost teared up at the "I think he understood Korean by the way he put his head down." TT

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  112. Europeans/Whites did not invent racism.

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  113. http://populargusts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/2005-english-spectrum-incident-part-1.html

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  114. Girl that Julien Kang is a cutie!

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbuiavsVb21r3yp5ko8_500.gif

    And let's not forgot half asian, half black. Omg Will Demps *Faints*

    http://www.halfkorean.com/prominent/demps_will.jpg

    (Both are half Korean too lol)

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  115. Thats not something to feel bad about. Feel bad about those people that thinks they're in a higher position than you because of your race.

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  116. i think since it was a grandpa it wasn't something like that, but for younger man sure. the grandpa's reasoning was probably more to do with the korean war or something, or simply he wants the traditional korean culture to continue on

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  117. I had an experience with the ahjummas in Dongdaemun talking bad about me and my friends right in front of our faces while we were buying clothes from them because some of our friends were in hijab.
    But not everyone is like that there. Some of them were really nice to foreigners, some were just really curious. But foreigners do turn heads there.

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  118. Guuuuuurl, take it easy. I only said racism is a crime here in Brazil. Did you read it right? lmao

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  119. JYP's plastic pantsJanuary 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    That is a two sided coin. Black men do the same to black women who date outside of their race. Either way it's wrong and people should mind their business. But let's be real about the difference in the outcomes. If a black man is dating outside his race, black women taunt with words. If a black woman dates outside of her race the couples are approached (by black males) with violence. It happens too often.

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  120. Be proud of it! Don't feel bad because some racist pricks thinks they're "above" you. They're not. Their behavior and way of thinking is deplorable and stupid. There is a lot of racism against South East Asians in Asia, which I find utterly ridiculous and unacceptable, but that's the way it is. Don't let them back you feel bad about your culture.

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  121. They seem to be the common denominator, but racism existed before white people showed up. As long as there are ethnic groups, there is always one that looks down on the other.

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  122. Blasians arent good looking like white/asian mix. Blasians end up looking really black or south asian. No offense

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  123. they said top 5 not the most racist. gosh other countries besides USA is racist too.

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  124. Smh, why must you always post ridiculous comments? And that's your opinion...personally I think otherwise ^^

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  125. JYP's plastic pantsJanuary 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Yes that happens but that doesn't make it right to interfere in someones relationship.

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  126. Oh, it was created by white people to enslave and colonize non-europeans?
    That would explain why the Ottoman empire took eastern european slaves.
    That would explain why the irish were so discriminated against in the UK.
    That would explain the holocaust.
    That would explain the Armenian genocide.
    Oh wait a minute...
    it wouldn't explain any of that.

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  127. They're just airhead assholes. Hope you weren't too hurt. <3

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  128. There's racism between europeans/caucasians as well, just like there is racism between different african countries, a great example being Rowand (even though a big contributor to that was a European nation). It's not fair to say that it was created by the white man.

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  129. *cough* england *cough* france *cough* spain


    many countries are what they are today because of racism. england, france, spain, etc would not be what they are today if it wasn't for their racist policies in the past (slavery, imperialism)

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  130. Actually those southeast asian worker monkeys are better than lazy welfare single mothers/ african

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  131. very true. i think the difference between USA society and korean society is that it's acceptable with in their society to be like that and foreigners saying "they don't know better" while in america, while really racist, today you're going to get called out on that stuff

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  132. 3. [+400, -47] "There is racism everywhere in the world. Not only racism, but discrimination of sex, age, nationality, wealth, everything... "



    ^This. *Slightly off topic, but people really need to stop the "But black people can't be racist" bullshit. Why do people solely regards racism more so towards Black&White people? Anyone can be racist, and racism isn't the only form of discrimination in the world either. People really need to realize this.

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  133. JYP's plastic pantsJanuary 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    "I got told by my other "black" friends that I hate my race because my bf is not black! "

    I've never understood that mentality. I'm sorry you have to go through that.

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  134. I think Russian skinheads are some of the worst in randomly beating up or killing foreigners for being foreign. KKK in the US doesn't seem that much violent.

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  135. I don't think we should condemn him for sharing stories of what he and his girlfriend faced. Having people swear at you for simply walking together is not a great feeling and he didn't seem to be comparing his life to others. At least it brought the issue of racism against foreigners (including South east asians) up once again with the viewers, as seen in the comments.

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  136. Gingerbread Man's VitalityJanuary 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    I see your point, but Korea wants to be global on their terms. The culture is predicated on the idea that Koreans are one big, pure, culturally distinct family. And the Japanese Occupation and split between North and South due to "outsiders" did nothing to endear the nation to want to change on global terms.

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  137. Agree and disagree. In some subcultures in US society being racist isn't socially acceptable but in others it still is. Take the controversy towards Latinos, especially the bill in Arizona that calls for racially profiling. I think it's just important for those of us with a voice to be vocal and call it like it is, especially when the issue is ignorance and not intentional racism.

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  138. I think it was Little Psy' s case.
    Can't get why they could did it with a kid.

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  139. I wasn't saying USA is the most racist.I just wanted to point out that many countries have done more violently racist things than Korea.

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  140. My friend is also in Korea wearing hijab. She's in this diplomatic school and I think with relation to UNICEF or the likes. She has posted once that someone wanted her to take her hijab off, but she's like no that's my identity. But that thankfully doesn't happen to often.


    On the other hand, though. Another friend in Japan is actually widely accepted, most of them are curious on what she's wearing it for actually, but no racism.

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  141. Yea I know that one. It was done by some Ilbe netizens who got sued.

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  142. Agreed. As long as that person is happy with his/ her partner then that all that matters.

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  143. But you don't get to be globally accepted on your own terms. I can understand their historical context and I can even understand their ignorance towards racism but that doesn't excuse them. They need to be held accountable and at least begin to shift towards change. This article is hopeful in that regard but sitting back and not speaking up isn't going to help further that change.

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  144. JYP's plastic pantsJanuary 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    I hate that anyone has to go through discrimination because of who they choose to date. But I feel kind of a way about Sam Hammington after I saw him on Happy Together saying that he liked Korean women because of the way they take care of you, then later on said that he doesn't believe in paying for the date when he takes a women out.

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  145. Honestly, Korean has same skin tones likes us. They look more plain because they have less of sunlight.

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  146. I think it runs this way, 'If you hate us, we'll hate you back.'

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  147. omg thats horrible T__T

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  148. Any mix of white is beautiful, because Caucasion is a superior race

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  149. As a black person, I can't speak for all black people, however in my family unfortunately being when the subject of interracial relationships comes up it has always been scorned. Sad, but true.

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  150. Welcome to equal world

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  151. so superior that you can't even spell the term Caucasian?

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  152. Dude seriously? The fact that people yelled at his girlfriend just for being with him is a problem and it isn't wrong for him to talk about it. He also never said he was oppressed.

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  153. Yep, the white man in asia has it REAL hard. (sarcasm)

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  154. not all instances of ethnic/religious groups being targeted equals racism. -.-

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  155. Asian pussies love whites LOL

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  156. people being targeted/discriminated against for their race, ethnicity or religion is racism.

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  157. Yes, that's why you're using white language.

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  158. That catchphrase is cringeworthy :(

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  159. hijab = terrorist

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  160. oh m... i am indonesian too but i live in europe, i plan to go to South Korea but people around me did warn me with this case, thank god nothing bad happen. find strength my friend :D

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  161. I see, so you are just like "the exception to the rule" right?

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  162. Can totally relate. I am Indonesian with Chinese roots and I have been moving around countries a lot. There are times when I came to a country not knowing the language at all. Being stared at is bad, but being stared and talked abt at the same time is even worse.


    Now I am staying in Hong Kong, which is even worse, because everyone assumed I understand Cantonese (which I do not) because of my Chinese looking face. There are times I can't even defend myself when someone shouted at me because they thought I was disrespecting them. I can't even explain because they don't understand English.

    When I hangout with my western guy friend, everyone always stare and gossip around. It was not something that only happen in Korea, but probably it exists everywhere, it's just not as noticeable.

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  163. you're right, i think they should raise their cultural differences awareness

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