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Disabled Koreans join the fight for Dokdo

July 21st, 2008 . by Matt

Forget about pheasant massacres for the moment, how about disabled Dokdo activists touring around and running over Japanese flags in their wheelchairs?

dokdo wheelchair protest

Dokdo wheelchair protest

I think Koreans are the masters of unorthodox protest.

5 Responses to “Disabled Koreans join the fight for Dokdo”

  1. comment number 1 by: bad_moon_rising

    Notice that there are very few people to support the man in the wheelchair and almost no spectators. I suspect that the man is protesting against Japan to bring awareness to the plight of the disabled. Would any news organization even feature this man if it weren’t for his protest against Japan?

    “We hardly see the disabled in public places. What is the reason for this? If they want to go outside, they should be able to do so. But they suffer too much inconvenience to move. Those disabled who use guide dogs should be easily able to aboard buses.

    But, they rarely do so, because they still encounter deep-seated prejudice in transportation facilities and in the negative mindsets from able-bodied people.”


    Korea is one of the most difficult places to live if you are disabled. Disabled people frequently encounter discrimination and at times even outright hostility. Indeed discrimination against the disabled is an integral part of Korean culture.

    “As a young man growing up in South Korea, Young Woo Kang lost his eyesight in a sports accident. At the time, discrimination against the handicapped – and the blind in particular – was widespread. It was a common superstition that seeing a blind person would bring bad luck, and the blind were literally spit on and shunned from society. In fact, the only occupations available to a blind person were as a fortune teller or masseuse.”


    The majority of Koreans will still shun the man in the wheelchair because of their belief that such disabled people will “pass on” their bad luck to them. But what can you expect from a nation that believes in absurdities like “fan death.”

  2. comment number 2 by: Matt

    bad_moon_rising, if your conjecture is correct and this man is trying to get attention for the disabled, then it is a sad thing indeed that he would have to go to these lengths.

  3. comment number 3 by: GarlicBreath

    Its sad when you see the beggers in the street of Corea, dragging themselves up and down the sidewalks. But then I remember how uncivilized Korean culture is with their dog eating and wife beating and I realize that Koreans look at somebody who is disabled as useless.

    It is the Corean way. It is Corean culure to throw people like that in the garbage.

  4. comment number 4 by: wiesunja

    It’s also quite interesting to note that one of the biggest insults/curse word that one can utter to another person is the word “byungshing” (病身), which means “disabled body/person”. In other words, Korean culture holds physically disabled/handicapped people with so much contempt and disdain that it automatically associates physically disabled peoples as being “bad”. Basically, calling someone a handicapped person in Korea is the same thing as calling someone “bastard” or “son of a bitch”.

    Contrast that with the sympathetic attitudes towards the physically handicapped in most modern, civilized first world countries like Europe, America, Japan, or even China. Korean prejudice and cruel nature of “worshipping the ass of those superior to oneself while treating those inferior to oneself like complete garbage” knows no bounds.

  5. comment number 5 by: empraptor

    comment #4, what the hell are you going on about? wouldn’t byungshin be better compared to “retard”? Seeing as how both refer to disabilities and both are used as pejoratives.

    I don’t know what planet you’re from, but go anywhere in the world and you’ll find people who use terms like this as pejoratives.