let me make it clear more about Koreans and Africans

We have a new co-worker, a Korean woman, Alice, who has been married up to a Pakistani for the previous 6 years. Alice did with international instructors before and contains shared tales with me about them also her very own individual tale to be married up to a foreigner.

Alice said about her Canadian African co-teacher (whom hated being called “black”). He lived in a condo building where he had been possibly the only foreigner. Evidently, whenever he rode the elevator, Korean tenants when you look at the building would log off if he had been in.

Once I asked Alice why Koreans have this attitude towards African people, her solution blew me personally away. (please be aware that it is not a expression of her opinion, but compared to Korean people generally speaking).

I happened to be told that Koreans fear African people because “they can be crooks” or “they may harm you.”

“Koreans think they truly are just like the mafia.” She replied, “From TV and movies. when I questioned Alice where all this stems from,”

With this point, i will let you know that we now have a wide range of Nigerians in Korea. It is stated that most are here as English teachers (illegally, as Nigerian passport holders are perhaps maybe not permitted to become English trainers). Some Nigerians have nightclubs in Itaewon, although some do menial work for Koreans.

Therefore, essentially I happened to be told that when compared with white westerners, Koreans respect Africans as having a ‘low status’. If your Korean woman had been up to now a foreigner, it will be more appropriate if she had been with a white man.

My brain raced and I also questioned further, “Why is Oprah and Tyra Banks therefore popular on Korean television if Koreans don’t favour black people?” Well the solution is very simple. The kind of Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, Beyonce, Barack Obama as well as our own Nelson Mandela hold a particular style of status and energy on earth. Whatever they state is gospel…and, “Oh! These are typically rich!” I became told.

Alice confessed to being ostracized from her friends and family after she married her husband – A pakistani guy whom happens to be involved in Korea for pretty much 10 years. She informs me sadly, “It’s for just two reasons. He’s not Korean. And he’s a Muslim.”

Koreans and Muslims

Amir is Alice’s spouse. As a businessman in Korea for a good portion of years|number that is great of , he talks Korean very nearly fluently. He’s experienced his own share of racism between the Korean community. Alice related an account in my experience whereby Amir had been cutting a company handle a man that is korean. In Korean, the person rudely thought to Amir, “Hey you! Come here!” – the tone that is same would simply simply take whenever conversing with a kid. Needless to say, Amir could appreciate this and asked questioned the guy. Frequently, when Koreans recognize that foreigners can comprehend also a little bit of their language, their mindset can change very quickly. I’ve experience this first hand – particularly when cab motorists want to cheat me or rig the meter!

Whenever driving to your workplace within the early morning, both Amir and Alice are met with intense glares from tollgate workers. Alice informs me that individuals question her without beating about the bush, “Why did you marry him?” After which there’s several whom stare at him, however in reality are admiring their ‘exotic’ features.

Therefore now I was curious to know where the underlying hatred towards Muslim people came from that I knew where the racism towards black people originated from. Alice place it merely in a single word, “Terrorist”

Broadly speaking, Koreans liken Muslims to terrorists. And where does “this” come from? Of course – television and movies.

This reminds me personally of a tutorial recently i taught. We explained to a course of Grade 5s that I became South African. We continued to express that I happened to be Indian. A number of them mistook it for the indigenous American. I meant Indian from India, the initial reaction from their store had been, “Curry! whenever I explained that” in order young that they can be associated to, or rather what we know as ‘stereotypes’ as they are, my students are already able to link racial and cultural groups to something.

hiphop culture sweeps over Korea

There has also been a revolution of hip hop culture that is bought out youth that is korean. It has affected Korean music, music videos as well as fashion. I’ve always told my friends that being in a club that is korean me feel just like I’m regarding the group of a hiphop music movie. Hiphop and rap musicians (a few of African descent) are extremely popular in Korea right now, leading me personally to genuinely believe that this whole racism hoo-hah is predicated on the mind-set of older Koreans. Right? Incorrect!

Whenever I asked Alice to verify this in my situation, she disagreed stating that younger generations may also be racist towards other races. Therefore also it remains just that – music and fashion, and has nothing to do with the artists race though they mimic Beyonce’s Single Ladies or try to dress like P Diddy.

Well, I’ve stated a great deal more than we initially designed to, however the subject is quite interesting in my opinion and it is positively one that’s evolving every day. Located in Korea for over couple of years, my mind happens to be broadened so much and I’ve learned to see the global world through lots of pairs of eyes – regardless of the battle they belong to!

I’d want to understand your thinking and opinions upon it!

* Sheetal Makhan is really a South columnist that is african writer, that has been residing and dealing in Southern Korea for the previous couple of years. She published this piece for Grubstreet in response to the post sdc that is previous. Click on this link to visit Sheetal’s weblog or she can be reached by you at email protected

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