An aide to Kim Kwang-jin, one of 10 lawmakers who sponsored a bill asking for more than $1.2 million and an official apology from the Korean government for 122 former prostitutes, said police and health centers told the women they were conducting “patriotic acts” with U.S. troops.

The former sex workers who have sued the South Korean government, claimed it encouraged them to become prostitutes after the Korean War. They will have their first court hearing on 18 December 2014.

The 122 elderly women are asking for more than $1.2 million, an official apology from the government and an investigation into the South Korean Government’s overseering of their work.

“This bill is to let people know that the women are victims and the state needs to take responsibility for them,” he said.

Lee Na-young, a sociology professor at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, said Seoul is unlikely to concede that it encouraged prostitution. “South Korea achieved its national security by using women’s bodies and sex,” she said.

Ashley Rowland and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 18, 2014

Park Chung-hee considered such women to be born to a fate of prostitution. It is their fate and the fate of their daughters, and their daughters’ daughters. This Korean caste system continues in modern Korea and is used as an excuse for Korean males and females who are not members of the Korean prostitution caste to justify their ill treatment of the prostitution caste and family members of the prostitution caste. Travelling first class enables these privileged males and females of Korea to behave very badly and engage in nut rage against anybody whom they regard to be a member of an inferior caste.

Posted by Errol, filed under Anti-Americanism, Culture, Economics. Date: December 19, 2014, 2:54 pm | No Comments »

The Office of Jasmine Lee  –  the first non-ethnic Korean and naturalized citizen to become a congresswoman in the Republic of Korea – reported that 10.7 percent of female workers from foreign countries were sexually abused in the Republic of Korea in 2013.

35.5% of the victims were raped.

Almost 90% of the victims said Korean employers or Korean managers abused them.

Claire Lee, Korea Herald, 24 October 2014

Posted by Errol, filed under Anti-Americanism, Crime. Date: October 24, 2014, 11:28 pm | No Comments »

I’m trying to change such culture,” Suh Nam-pyo (Boss of KAIST) said. “My predecessor Robert Laughlin had to quit early amid a struggle with disgruntled professors. Such an unfortunate thing should not happen again.”

The Korea Times, June 27, 2012

The weltschmertz of it all.

Posted by Errol, filed under Anti-Americanism, Science, Technology. Date: June 27, 2012, 2:59 am | No Comments »

Far Side of the DMZ rocket scientists

Malnutrition is not a great help when building a nation of rocket scientists.

The minimum height requirement for the North Korean military has been cut to 145 cm. i.e. Shorter than the average South Korean middle school girl.

Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012

Posted by Errol, filed under Anti-Americanism, finger chopping wacky, Funny, Science, Technology, War on Terror. Date: April 13, 2012, 9:54 pm | No Comments »

For threatening a white neighbor with a hammer.

A former columnist and self-described Asian supremacist who applauded the Virginia Tech slayings has been sentenced to a year of mental health treatment for waving a hammer at a neighbor’s face and threatening to kill her and her family.

Kenneth Eng, 24, of Bayside, New York, pleaded guilty in Queens County Court on Thursday to an indictment charging him with attempted assault and harassment over the incident last April.

Eng was arrested May 9 for threatening the neighbor, Marissa Addison, 29, and her mother, Jane Rosovich, who were standing with their two dogs on their lawn in front of their Queens home.

Eng is accused of yelling at Addison, saying, “If your dog bites me, I will kill you and your family,” and then swinging a hammer at her.

Last February, Eng was fired from the San Francisco-based weekly newspaper AsianWeek for writing a column titled “Why I Hate Blacks.”

Three months later, in a Village Voice interview, Eng gloried in the slayings of 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech and fancifully speculated that his own writings might have inspired the killer, Seung-Hui Cho.

Eng also told the New York weekly that his own plan for a similar killing spree at New York University was aborted only because he could not afford a weapon.

After his sentencing on Thursday, federal authorities produced an arrest warrant and took Eng into custody. The nature of that case was not immediately known.

His attorney, Joel Dranove, of Manhattan, said he expected Eng to appear in Brooklyn federal court on Friday, but had no further comment.

He is a pretty nutty guy, as this interview on TV reveals.

Posted by Matt, filed under Anti-Americanism, Racist Industrial Complex. Date: August 13, 2007, 5:38 pm | 23 Comments »

asiaphiles
‘Asiaphiles’ surrounding an Asian girl – picture from Orange County Weekly

This rant by Vickie Chang in the Orange County Weekly is something else. I guess the writer is a Korean American based on her stereotypical transplanted-to-America Korean girls first name (Vicky – how many Korean girls have you met using that name in English?) and the family name Chang, which is a fairly standard Korean family name. She also talks about booking clubs, and the customers of those are usually Korean.

Born and raised in La Habra, Dan* didn’t see many Asian Americans before college. Now 22, he attributes his Asiaphilia to UC Irvine, where he’s a studio art major and an astounding 58 percent of students claim Asian descent.

But his Asian fetish actually originated in high school, in trig class, where he met a Vietnamese American girl named Ann. Although born in the United States, Ann was raised in Indonesia until about a year before Dan met her. She spoke English well, but not perfectly. They shared the standard high school dating experience: dinner-and-movie dates, study dates, boba dates, kung fu lessons, meditation with the girlfriend’s Buddhist monk uncle. The relationship ended in a pretty standard way, too: Dan suggested sex, Ann resisted, things spiraled. There was an ultimatum and then a breakup, and then—classic—threats of suicide.

Later, Dan sought answers on Ann’s blog, where she labeled him a “standard American boy” and called him out for pressuring her into sex. She ended the entry with a note of disgust: “Get over yourself.”

Perhaps it was the pain of that rejection and the desire to overcome it, but Dan says Ann’s rejection changed him. When he began dating again, he found himself looking for Asian girls. He went through a string of them—one-night stands, flings and friends-with-benefits. He frequented places like Club Bang in Hollywood, which attracts a number of Asian patrons—and Asiaphiles like Dan.

Although there was one detour on the road to full-blown Asiaphilia—Desiree, whom he describes as a “white feminist with armpit hair”—Dan openly professed his preference for Asian women by his third year at UCI.

His friends back in La Habra eventually got the idea he had a fetish.

“Date a nice white girl,” they urged him.

“White girls,” he’d reply, “are sluts.”

Yes… this kind of thing never happens to high school couples of the same race, right? That is the start of quite an impressive rant. Lets look at it.

“You know, I just got back from Bangkok,” he went on. “The women in Thailand are all gorgeous. You’re all gorgeous! It’s just that whole area.”

That whole area? Bangkok? Thailand in general? Southeast Asia? The greater Asian continent?

It’s funny: Asia is about 17,212,000 square miles—nearly five times the size of the U.S. About 60 percent of the world’s population lives there. Yet these guys seem to lump all Asians together, not to mention the teeny tiny fact that people such as Christina are Americans.

Would an ‘Asiaphile’ really be so ignorant of Asian geography? The guy she is talking about is probably not an ‘Asiaphile’.

But he wasn’t finished. He inquired about Christina’s nationality and complimented her on her good breeding, background and “blood,” the last of which left her thoroughly creeped out. By the end of the night, the guy had even doted on her “delicate” fingers, and grabbed her arm when she tried to escape to the smoking patio.

Less than a month later, again at Detroit, another forgettable guy with crusty hands sauntered over to our table and said breathily, “I love this table! I just love it!” He stared at Christina, gesturing toward her with one of those crusty hands. “Especially you!”

Crusty hands? I wonder what purpose this kind of description serves. Are the crusty hands a product of his ‘Asiaphilia’? If not, what is the purpose of this kind of description if not for demagoguery?

By the time we’ve reached adulthood, most Asian American women have experienced so many episodes of Asiaphilia that it becomes something we laugh about over dinner. There was the time that one smooth-talking (and way too short—I hope you’re reading this) guy from LA Weekly’s marketing department asked me where I was from.

“Los Angeles,” I said.

“No, really, where are you really from?”

This seems kind of unreasonable. More than 65% of Asian Americans are born overseas. In a city like New York, the percentage rises to 78%. Most of the Asians the average American might meet out in casual social situations are probably not from America. If an Asian American is mistaken for a recent immigrant, then they should consider that the price of their parents having moved to America. That being said, it strikes me as extremely self centered to complain about people making assumptions that are in most cases correct.

There was the 20-year-old UCI economics major who swears that Asian women’s vaginas “feel different somehow—very smooth and naturally lubricated.” Or the guy who sauntered up to me and asked, “You must be great with a chopstick, huh?”

People really come up to you and say these kinds of things, Vicky? I have plenty of Asian female friends. It doesn’t happen to them.

It pisses us off—no, I don’t want to see your killer Chinese-character tat; it probably doesn’t mean what you think it means—but we’re not sure what we can do but laugh.

Now there is some misdirected anger. Who cares!

Asian fetishism has a long history of being brushed off as a compliment, rather than offensive or bigoted. I’ve been told I ought to be flattered that so many non-Asian men “prefer” Asians and Asian American women. But the coalescing of an ethnicity into a whole, whether exotic, erotic, oversexed or virginal, is a real issue, collectively and individually. (I guess when it comes to stereotypes, Asian women have it better than Asian men do. There are two main themes when it comes to Asian male stereotypes: virginal and emasculated. Not to mention that super-fun myth that goes something like this: small stature equals small penis equals small chance of pleasure.)

Asiaphilia brings with it a set of more intimate considerations. I get to wonder if the man chatting me up is genuinely interested in me or interested in the idea of what he supposes me to be: demure and submissive, the forever-faithful geisha girl/bedroom toy.

The overwhelming ratio of males with Asiaphilic attraction to females suggests that this fetishization isn’t based on looks alone. Asiaphiles are looking for authority in their romantic relationships, premeditated or not.

Even if this were true, and that white guys dating Asian girls had these kinds of assumptions about “demure and submissive” Asian “geisha/bedroom toy”, such assumptions would not survive real life contact. Unless she is suggesting there is truth to what she says is a myth.

This issue moved out of the theoretical and into the personal when I dated a white boy I met in college.

“Do you like boba,” he asked me.

“I don’t.”

“Ever visited the Japanese Garden at Huntington Library?”

“I have, but I prefer the Shakespeare Garden.”

“Ever read The Art of War?”

I was devastated. Couldn’t he see I was into the same things he was—Dostoevsky, early ’90s shoegazer music and Indian food?

It hurt. When someone homogenizes an entire race of people—even if that homogenization tends toward desirable—that someone is creating a wall between himself and the person in question. No one likes to be treated as an outsider, especially in the only country she’s ever known as home

People have a tendency to ‘homogenize’ things, and that crosses racial boundaries. It is not something unique to white people. Vicky has been homogenizing people thoughout her article.

Things got worse when I heard the story of my friend Lydia, whose boyfriend’s Asiaphilic tendencies didn’t reveal themselves for months. By the end of the relationship, the guy had become an East Asian Studies/Chinese language double major, and never missed a chance to converse with her family in their native Mandarin. When she wasn’t around, he’d call her father to go out for Chinese food.

He’s gone, but his impact on Lydia remains.

“It always crosses my mind,” she says, “that I’m replaceable.”

It sounds like he is making a big effort to get along with his girlfriends family, especially his girlfriends father. A good friend of mine was dating an Asian girl and was told by her father to “Fuck off… stay away from my daughter… she isn’t allowed to date white guys“. It is good that he is getting along with her family.

As all good Asian-American Studies minors know, the roots of Asiaphilia are planted in the soil of colonialism. Our European forefathers, viewing any foreign culture as backward, erased what they could of indigenous custom and inscribed upon the people their own authority. Thus did bloom the stereotype of Asian docility, submissiveness and lotus blossom beauty.

Considering all the laws forbidding inter-racial sex in America in the past, it is unlikely that the forefathers of America are responsible for ‘Asiaphilia’. If there was a ‘stereotype’ of docility of Asian women, the ‘stereotype’ came from the extremely male dominated societies of East Asia. From foot binding to Confucian morals delegating women to the status of chattel, none of this has anything to do with any white people at all.

Moving on a bit, its a long rant, I am leaving out the ranting about Nicholas Cage and his Korean wife, and the rant about Gwen Stafani and her ‘Harajuku girls’, and also the rant about homosexual white men dating homosexual Asian men.

Dan says his last girlfriend before undergoing what he calls “The Change” was another Ann. Annie, actually. She was Chinese American, a UCI student and a born-again Christian who claimed a “secondary virginity.”

By the conclusion of their five-month relationship, the secondary virginity had disappeared just as the first one had. Soon afterward, she made Dan disappear, too. Not long after that, Dan went through a tumultuous quarter-life crisis.

He’s now dating Frida, a fourth-year film major of mixed Mexican and European descent he met while working at a local movie theater. He’s glad to have renounced his narrow-minded ways.

“I was going through a lot of changes in my life and rethinking things,” he recalls. “My obsession with Asian women was one of the aspects of myself I found to be not healthy.”

He’s a new man, he says, living by a new philosophy: “Asian women tend to be mean, stingy abusers.”

So what, now Dan is alright? “Asian women tend to be mean, stingy abusers” and “White girls are sluts”. It sounds to me like Dan is a young man with special problems, not representative of ‘Asiaphiles’, whatever they are.

I wonder where I fit in to this pattern that Vicky lays out here. I have dated Asian girls, which is supposed to be an ‘Asiaphile’ trait.. I have lived in Japan. I speak, read and write Japanese, Korean, and to a certain extent, Chinese. Obviously I can tell the difference between various Asian countries, and do not lump them all together, so I do not fit the ‘Asiaphile’ pattern Vicky describes in that respect. I hate tattoos so tattoos with Chinese characters are not an issue for me. Nor am I the kind of moron that approaches strangers and talks about the relative lubricative qualities of different races of womens sexual organs, something that seems to happen to Vicky a lot (wonder why?). I don’t know about submissiveness or anything like that – I just try to get along with any girl I date. It is hard to imagine the situation described by Vicky. So am I a ‘Asiaphile’?

Perhaps this is an ‘issue’ that we need to talk about. But if we are going to talk about nonsense issues, lets start with the issue of the white fetish that is causing Asians leave the land of their ancestors to live among white people, who are obviously the most bigoted and racist people on the planet. Now that is weird! According to Vicky, white men that date Asian women are Asian fetishists that are engaging in “offensive or bigoted” behavior. It looks like by this standard people that hate Asians are racist, and people that are friendly to Asians are also racist. Life must be hard for Asian Americans! We must make a study of this issue, and find out why Asian people continue to emigrate to America despite its insurmountable shortcomings and omnipresent racism. Perhaps Vicky can tell us the reason why?

Posted by Matt, filed under Anti-Americanism, Racist Industrial Complex, Rants. Date: November 3, 2006, 7:55 pm | 99 Comments »

Kudos to University of Hawaii student ‘John’ for finding this. The mysterious Kushibo was briefly questioned about a transportation issue in Hawaii by a TV station. Fast forward to 1:37 to see Kushibo.

Really good move on the part of the Hawaiian TV station to ask the opinion of a guy that just arrived in Hawaii. Seeing his face, one really has to wonder how much ‘Korean ancestry’ he really has. He also said he was part Japanese.

Kushibo’s lesbian republican sock was nowhere to be seen and is presumably vacationing in a Siberian gulag.

For a background on what this is all about see –

My original post exposing Kushibo and his ‘lesbian republican’ sock puppet

The Party Pooper

BigHominid

Lost Nomad

Seoul Hero

USinKorea and follow up

Migukin

eclexys

The Korea Liberator

Have fun reading, because it is quite an interesting story. The Party Poopers take down of Kushibo is particularly funny.

Posted by Matt, filed under Anti-Americanism, finger chopping wacky, Racist Industrial Complex, Scams. Date: September 21, 2006, 9:54 pm | 20 Comments »

Korean veterans gathered in front of the MacArthur statue in Incheon to celebrate the Incheon Landing which was a decisive turning point in the Korean war.

Korean wave

Take a look at the picture. Notice any flag missing? I find it hard to believe that the Korean veterans would have forgotten to bring along an American flag with them, so the American flag must have been excluded from the picture.

Update: Looks like the Lost Nomad beat me to it.

Update 2: Thanks to commenter void, we have been able to confirm that the American flag was excluded from the picture.

sankei shimbun

That is the picture that void took of the Sankei Shinbun. Notice that the American flag is there. How can this be explained as anything but anti-Americanism?

Posted by Matt, filed under Anti-Americanism, Racist Industrial Complex. Date: September 17, 2006, 5:30 am | 49 Comments »

Bush Roh
Fundamental disagreement

The New York Times has an article about the visit of President Roh to Washington. I think the article is designed to send a message to the South Korean establishment.

U.S. to Roll Out Tepid Welcome for President of South Korea

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 — As President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea prepares to visit President Bush on Thursday morning, the two men have rarely been further apart on the central issue that long ago turned their relationship so frosty.

Mr. Bush is determined to squeeze North Korea with every financial sanction possible until it gives up its nuclear capacity and other illicit activities, or, some believe, until it collapses. Mr. Roh insists the only course is to coax the country out of its isolation.

In the weeks leading to the visit here, Mr. Bush’s aides have been using a new United Nations Security Council resolution, passed after North Korea’s missile tests in July, to prepare a list of banks it can press to cut ties with North Korea.

Mr. Roh has been playing down the missile launching as a meaningless, attention-grabbing temper tantrum by the North Koreans, and he has resumed South Korean aid and investment to the country, in hopes of preventing what his country fears would turn into collapse or confrontation.

This is very plain talking from the New York Times. I am no foreign policy analyst, but this has to be considered an unofficial message to the South Koreans, along with a message to the American people about a possible foreign policy change in regards to South Korea. But what comes next is the sharpest part of the message.

In past meetings, Mr. Bush has done his best to paper over the differences. But his aides acknowledge that the gap has grown so much in recent months — “as wide as the Sea of Japan” one senior official said Wednesday — that it will be almost impossible to hide.

The official quoted by the New York Times surely knows about South Korea’s policy concerning the naming of the Sea of Japan. Using the ‘Sea of Japan’ analogy is a rather blunt way of expressing Washington’s displeasure about President Roh, his government’s policies, and anti-Americanism in South Korea. The ‘Sea of Japan’ barb is followed by a negative comparison to Japan and Prime Minister Koizumi.

Mr. Roh will receive treatment that contrasts sharply with the warm embrace extended in June to Japan’s prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi. Mr. Koizumi got long meetings, a glittering dinner and a trip to Graceland; Mr. Roh, leader of the other major United States ally in Asia, is getting an hour in the Oval Office and a quick lunch.

Foreign policy analysts in South Korea will be spending time today trying to interpret the meaning of this article, but to me the meaning of this message from the American establishment to the South Korean establishment is clear. South Korea must choose sides.

Posted by Matt, filed under Anti-Americanism, diplomacy. Date: September 14, 2006, 5:47 pm | 62 Comments »

With Hanbando being as successful as it was in the Korean box office, one can only assume that more of it’s type is sure to come.

“The Secrets of Koganeshima” is a military fiction novel about the Japanese (and American!) terrorists trying to take Takeshima Dokdo by force, but face an unexpectedly strong South Korean military, but it is strong enough to save the world from the America and Japanese terrorists before dinner? You’ll have to read part 2!

[Book of Discussion] The Secrets of Koganeshima 1 & 2 — Protect Dokdo’s Underwater Oil!

In the end, the tenacity and courage of our race will be able to fight off the worlds strongest military and economic countries, American and Japan when Japanese extreme right terrorists launch a suprise attack on our territory Dokdo.

This book is a fictional documentary about Korea and Japan waging an armed conflict over Dokdo. The author, a writer of military fiction, assumes that there are already large amounts of oil being taken and sold from the seas around Dokdo, and that it is only a matter of time before a sharp battle develops.

The story begins on the evening of August 15th, 2010, when Japanese Special Defense Air and Navy forces suddenly wage an invasion on Dokdo. Our leaders quickly declare a state of emergency and planes are sent out to defend Dokdo. While it seems that the battle is confined to the seas around Dokdo, the JSDF use their E-767 plane with a frequency blocker to jam our signals, and are able to come away victorious. Japan is strongly criticized around the world for it’s cruelty on the Korean peninsula and it’s taking of Dokdo by force. In the midst of all of this, one young soldier secretly departs with a nuclear weapon and the intentions of returning Dokdo to us, even with all America and Japan do to try and stop him, he is able to win the war and all Koreans rejoice.

Now, it must be noted that I do not speak Korean, so I used a machine translator to translate the article from Korean to Japanese, and then I translated it from Japanese. Generally that would be a big no-no, but Korean and Japanese are two languages that work well through machine translation, unlike Korean/Japanese and English.

So our friend sneaks a nuke out of Korea to use on Japan, does that mean that missile flying at Tokyo on the cover is to be the nuke in question? I can’t shake this feeling, but I think I’ve seen that image used somewhere else in Korean nationalism, but I just can’t put my finger on it..

Yea, that’s the one. I knew I’d seen this before somewhere. So wait, does this mean that the person who made the cover stole it from little children? Perhaps this sort of image of Japan has been painted for many generations so the hate runs deep? Or maybe the little kid is the artist who made the cover? What if the artist who made the cover was these kids’ art teacher?

But since we’re on the topic of these harmless children’s crayon drawings, these types of images appearing in more then one place are just an isolated incident, just a coincidence, there aren’t two people in Korea who repeat the same stupidity and racism over and over again right? Right????

Whoops… Perhaps the author of Hate Japan Wave also went through the same education system…

Yes, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this type of “logic” I’m afraid… But hey, controversy sells, make no question about that.

Posted by Darin, filed under Anti-Americanism, Racist Industrial Complex. Date: August 9, 2006, 10:25 am | 21 Comments »

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