Friday, November 27, 2009

Victimhood Poker: Oriental Edition.

A South Korean man has been fined one million won ($865; £520) for making discriminatory remarks against an Indian professor.
I've read things about casual racism towards foreigners in Korea before so this is perhaps not a huge surprise, although I don't know how widespread it is. However:

The man yelled racist comments and said "Arab! Arab!" at the Indian man while on a bus in July, the judge said.

The professor felt publically insulted by the comments, he added.

Surely the it is also a bit racist ot consider "Arab" to be an insult? So the Korean simply has to find himself an Arab who is offended at the Indian in order to perform victimhood jujitsu on him.


Mark said...

Colour consciousness, and thus 'casual racism' , is rife in East(and South) Asia. With Koreans & Japanese being generally the lightest coloured of the lot, this manifests itself there in generalised hostility to nearly all foreigners, with other Asians and blacks disliked for their skin tones, and 'gaijin' European males distained for either hirsuteness or 'coarse' features. (As the cosmetic surgery figures in East Asia indicate however,attractive young gaijin women are often prized- for both their complexions and more 'curvy' figures!)

I don't know how many 'asylum seekers' South Korea admits each year, but wouldn't be surprised if the total was miniscule, as it is in Japan. In the land of the Rising Sun, annual asylum APPLICATIONS are in the low thousands, and acceptances in the low hundreds, year after year. (This in a country of 127 million ie more than twice the size of the UK!). Those accepted are almost always other Asians (Tibetans, Burmese etc)and hardly ever Arabs or Africans. They get away with this by throwing large sums of money at both the UN, and at the 'third world' in foreign aid. This practice appears, at least to date, to have kept the antiracist busybodies at the UN, and elsewhere, on the back foot.

Ross said...

The total number of foreigners is small, according to the OECD's country of birth figures there are around 56000 Chinese born people, but from the next most common country of origin- Japan- there are only around 13000.