Thursday, August 17, 2006

Japanese Korean

In the case of a couple where one spouse is of Southeast Asian descent, the couple’s children bear skin color easy to distinguish from other children. On the other hand, the children of Japanese-Korean households are free from any such identifying features and thus not a target of appearance-based discrimination. However, they suffer from bias and discrimination as deep and as wide as the valley of emotions separating the two countries. Whenever relations rupture between the two nations, such as sentiments which swell on the remembrances of the March 1, 1919 uprising against Japanese rule and liberation day on August 15, 1945, these children’s hearts grow heavy.

Attending her first year of middle school, Ku Mo-kyeong was born to a Japanese mother and Korean father. Though she has never had any conflict with her friends because of her mother’s nationality, she grows uneasy when relations between the two nations become complicated. "My heart aches and I feel bad every time I hear bad things about Japan during the news," she said. She feels similarly when Japan is shown in a poor light during social studies and history class. "At such times, I say to myself, ’Well, not all of the Japanese are bad people,’ " she added.hankyoreh


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