For a race that really needs to have as much positive publicity, for at least the males, this one definitely took about 5 steps back for Asian men and more specifically Korean men.
I heard about this story: the winner of the Survivor show Yul Kwon (click on his name for his background & story) just less than a week ago, who I thought helped chances for many Koreans and Asians in terms of climbing the corporate ladder in the U.S. or other fields. He’s a Korean American that was very aware of the image of Asian Americans in the media & relatively unselfish. With the winnings, he even donated $50,000 of it to the Asian American Donor Program. However, the guy in the above story will either place fear into people who don’t know me or will limit my chances potentially for advancement…at least there’s a chance now that when there’s any signs similar to the guy above, people may wonder, will this Korean guy shoot us all up?
This is a bit extreme to say this, but this story about Korea’s Foreign Ministry’s thoughts titled “South Korea fears shooting may stir prejudice” echoes a lot of my thoughts. I do wonder…
It was a little odd that they’ve been pointing out the heritage of this student’s backround. In other past incidents like this, we would call him Asian or otherwise. At least when a Korean is the “bad guy” in a situation, the fact that he’s Korean is pointed out very quickly. When he is the good guy, it takes quite a long time for his true ethnic background to be revealed.
Regardless, while I’m sad for Mr. Cho’s family and friends, it was a bit selfish of him to go out and kill 32 innocent people. He not only killed many people, but took a huge step back for the Korean race. Nevertheless, rest in peace Victims, Mr. Cho…and condolences to the families of all the victims.