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Great Aunt Says Cho Was Strange Even in Korea

April 19th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

The following is a link to an interview with the Virginia Tech killer’s 85-year-old great aunt, who lives in South Korea. She says that Cho  Seung-hui’ family knew that he was suffering from some kind of mental illness even before they left Korea for the United States. She said he would  not talk and was very cold. She also called him an “idiot” for what he did.

I think the interview shows that Cho Seung-hui had mental problems before he came to the United States, which throws cold water of the theory by some so-called Korean experts who have tried to blame discrimination in the United States for his problems (See “Young Koreans in America: a Generation on Edge”). Why is it that Koreans in their eighties seem to be more enlightened than many so-called intellectuals in Korea? They seem to be more willing to call a spade a spade. Why can’t people just admit that Cho was a nutcase?

Video of an Interview with the Killer’s Great Aunt


68 Responses to “Great Aunt Says Cho Was Strange Even in Korea”

  1. comment number 1 by: dogbert

    I would imagine if race-based discrimination were a factor in Cho’s actions, he would have revealed it in his writings. Since he did not (at least, not in the parts that have been released), I doubt that’s a significant factor. Along the same lines, I also think that Cho’s ethnicity is not a factor.

    Bullying in U.S. public schools was rough when I was young and it’s probably not gotten much better. Kids who are as maladjusted as Cho seems to have been are easy targets for bullying and shunning, whatever their race.

  2. comment number 2 by: egg

    Matt
    I am not so confident whether I can express my ideas accurately but I will try.
    Sorry what I wanted to say was that though I am not supporting Gerry`s claim, I am not supporting the Chosun Ilbo`s claim (I understood the article as the discrimination was one of the reasons of the cause.) either right now.
    But if I suppose that there was a discrimination and if the perp decided to excute the massacre to show his anger against it, what would I think?
    I think it cannot be an excuse by all means for his act. There are ones who are discriminated but still don`t take those acts.
    At the same time, saying about possibilities, there is a chance that in his opinion, he did it to show his anger. Even though, his acts can not be justified by all means, totally, but to prevent the tragedy in the future and to make your society better, I think those kind of facts are needed to be researched. Even if there was a discrimination, the perp is to be blamed totally but there might have been a chance to prevent it. I would like to seek for the possibilities of preventing the massacre in the future.
    These are my positions.

  3. comment number 3 by: cleanyourcountry

    It’s not just Cho Seung Hui that has problems. It’s all of Korea. Take a look at the images that are from Korean students in Korea. They draw pictures of killing and hate and the school approves of it as well. This is real life and not made up..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ukm352h2v4&mode=related&search=

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RLa_paY8C0&mode=related&search=

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnESmBV-CCk&mode=related&search=

  4. comment number 4 by: Matt

    It’s not just Cho Seung Hui that has problems. It’s all of Korea. Take a look at the images that are from Korean students in Korea. They draw pictures of killing and hate and the school approves of it as well. This is real life and not made up..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ukm352h2v4&mode=related&search=

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RLa_paY8C0&mode=related&search=

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnESmBV-CCk&mode=related&search=

    That particular case is pretty old news. I am pretty sure the massacre has nothing to do with him being Korean, or at the most, is peripheral.

  5. comment number 5 by: cleanyourcountry

    check out more problems that the koreans caused in the U.S.A., not just in Virginia.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUaoil0wsyU

    it’s the Los Angeles Riots in 1992. Ice Cube made a song called “Black Korea.” That’s an awesome song.

    why are koreans always mad? seriously.. why?is it in the DNA?

  6. comment number 6 by: cleanyourcountry

    if koreans are so proud and nationalistic, why do so many koreans want to leave their country and emigrate so bad? 20 percent of koreans in the u.s.a. are illegal…

    koreans are so arrogant, but in the world, korea is not popular at all. nobody wants to study the korean language and so on. in the chosun ilbo newspaper, korea always gets trashed by hollywood. what’s wrong with koreans? is it because they are always angry? why are koreans always angry?

  7. comment number 7 by: egg

    cleanyourcountry

    why are koreans always mad? seriously.. why?is it in the DNA?

    I am sorry to say, you sound like a racist.

  8. comment number 8 by: cleanyourcountry

    koreans also love Japanese cars so bad.. why? why do koreans love Japanese digital cameras and video games as well? i don’t get the way koreans think. korea will always be the loser. the country is very dirty, koreans overseas cause so much crime like in the U.S.A., the Phillipinnes, Japan, Canada, and in France. why???? is it hwabyung? please see psychiatrits. it’s okay. please don’t always be mad.

  9. comment number 9 by: kjeff

    cleanyourcountry,

    Hmmm…you sound like a younger alter-ego of GarlicBreath. And, it’s not just the style of your writings, there’s a certain schizos in their content. Koreans-Japanese-cars -> Korea-Japanese-camera-and-video-games(so far so good) -> Korea-losers(huh?) -> Korea-dirty(Huh?) -> Korea-crime-U.S.A-the Philippines-Japan-Canada-France(HUH?)
    Just a guess(don’t get mad, you can get even though), but you’re not old enough to shave yet? No?

  10. comment number 10 by: Matt

    cleanyourcountry,

    Hmmm…you sound like a younger alter-ego of GarlicBreath. And, it’s not just the style of your writings, there’s a certain schizos in their content. Koreans-Japanese-cars -> Korea-Japanese-camera-and-video-games(so far so good) -> Korea-losers(huh?) -> Korea-dirty(Huh?) -> Korea-crime-U.S.A-the Philippines-Japan-Canada-France(HUH?)
    Just a guess(don’t get mad, you can get even though), but you’re not old enough to shave yet? No?

    kjeff, unfortunately cleanyourcountry is Korean, and has been banned for doing the same thing once before under the username “treesjess”. A self proclaimed Japanese, he/she was famously exposed here. Hey, should I ban him/her again?

  11. comment number 11 by: kjeff

    Matt,
    Dang, I forgot to tell him to clean his acts before you accuse him of being Korean. Too late…I so knew this was going to happen. Well, I suppose you must have good reasons; does he have a Korean IP address, or something? Anyhow, cleanyourcountry, rise to the challenge, rewrite your rants, on second thought, write something else in beautiful Japanese(I wouldn’t know though)…Oh yeah, don’t plagiarise; it’ll be to easy…at least, why don’t you find a Japanese friend to write it for you?

  12. comment number 12 by: Errol

    kojibomb said:
    well…
    “Cho Seung-hui had mental problems before he came to the United States”
    … he was 8 when he came here lol

    This case was not a nutcase; he was suffering from paranoia. The school officials and the police had several chances to cure this guy… I blame them for being so ignorant.

    Posted on 22-Apr-07 at 2:23 pm

    Good point. Perhaps the investigation by the US authorities will reveal whether Jo’s family resisted labelling/recognising Jo’s mental illness.

    Early intervention is the key to dealing with antisocial behaviour.

  13. comment number 13 by: Errol

    Errol said:

    Early intervention is the key to dealing with antisocial behaviour.

    Posted on 22-Apr-07 at 10:26 pm

    As noted by Kim Dae-joong

  14. comment number 14 by: Matt

    Matt,
    Dang, I forgot to tell him to clean his acts before you accuse him of being Korean. Too late…I so knew this was going to happen. Well, I suppose you must have good reasons; does he have a Korean IP address, or something? Anyhow, cleanyourcountry, rise to the challenge, rewrite your rants, on second thought, write something else in beautiful Japanese(I wouldn’t know though)…Oh yeah, don’t plagiarise; it’ll be to easy…at least, why don’t you find a Japanese friend to write it for you?

    That is how we knew that he was not Japanese. He/she actually tried that. Sometimes it happens that someone will come on here writing something racist against Koreans, and sometimes they actually turn out to be Koreans. Anyway, cleanyourcountry is banned for off-topic commentary, cut and paste of old comments, being a banned person anyway, and dirtying the comments section with prejudiced commentary. Ah, that feels better.

  15. comment number 15 by: Newshound

    Matt, isn’t there a script that you can throw in that will show the poster’s country?

    If it didn’t stop people from pretending to be someone they’re not, at least it would make it easier for people to judge each other’s comments based upon race. They do it anyway, you may as well make it convenient.

    🙂

  16. comment number 16 by: Matt

    Matt, isn’t there a script that you can throw in that will show the poster’s country?

    If it didn’t stop people from pretending to be someone they’re not, at least it would make it easier for people to judge each other’s comments based upon race. They do it anyway, you may as well make it convenient.

    🙂

    I might do so if I can find one that is easy to implement, and is accurate. Marmot has one, but is often wrong.

  17. comment number 17 by: Newshound

    I might do so if I can find one that is easy to implement, and is accurate. Marmot has one, but is often wrong.

    Some of the ip databases are famous for being completely clueless about East Asia and Australasia.

    You have to use the Asian database to get good results, but of course, I have no idea how to do that so this post was pointless.

  18. comment number 18 by: MarkA

    Had he grown up in Korea, would he have been sold to fishermen?