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The actual reality of interracial relationships

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The actual reality of interracial relationships

Whether to a food stall or humble restaurant with a couple of tables, Kim wasn't that picky whenever she went on a date with her American boyfriend when she lived in Seoul. However, the last place she wanted to go was where there were going to be many ajeossi, or middle-aged men. "I didn't go to places like the Han River when I was on dates with my husband", recalled Kim, a Korean-born mother of a two-year-old boy who now lives in Washington with her American husband. Kim says it was always uncomfortable to put up with their stares just because she was holding the hand of a white man. "They looked at my boyfriend first and then stared at me from head to toe. They weren't friendly stares. "Sometimes I felt like I was a prostitute. So we often went to Itaewon because we were relatively free from all the stares there", said Kim. Like many other men and women, a mutual friend of the two fixed them up. Kim, a fluent English speaker who once lived overseas, and her husband, who was staying in Korea for business, fell in love in Seoul and married two years ago in the States. But Kim's parents had a lot of concerns until their daughter set the wedding date, and Kim herself kept it a secret that she was dating an American because she and her parents were well aware of how some Koreans judge Korean women who date English-speaking white men. Thus when a controversial television show from MBC aired on May 28 and stirred up the expatriate community here, Kim wasn't that surprised. The less than five-minute segment, titled "The Shocking Reality about Relationships with Foreigners", depicts white men living here as exploiters of Korean women. The episode was part of a regular show titled "Saesangbogi Sisigakgak", which roughly translates to "World, Moment by Moment" and specializes in social issues. Are white men predators? The show started with a recent case of American Chris Golightly, who became famous after competing on a popular audition program but eventually wound up entangled in fights with multiple Korean women. One of the girls sued him for not repaying 32 million won ($27,826) that he borrowed from her and other girls asserted that Golightly sexually harassed them. He maintains these women are lying. The case is still ongoing. After leading with the above case, the camera shows one random couple - a white man and Korean woman - who display affection in public. The scene is narrated with the question "Is their physical contact based on trust?" During the segment, an anonymous Korean woman says she was abandoned by her foreign boyfriend after she became pregnant. Then another anonymous interviewee, a Korean man who claims to run an online community called "Make friends with foreigners", says one of his female friends turned out HIV positive after dating a Caucasian man. The show ends by saying "It is now time that we form proper and wholesome relationships with the opposite sex".Devoid of any relevant figures and facts, the show purports that an increasing number of Korean women fall victim to English-speaking white men who say they "have no trouble meeting women in Korea". After it was aired, the segment went viral among the expat community when an expat blogger reuploaded it with English subtitles on May 30. As of yesterday, about 165,000 people had viewed the clip on Youtube. Shortly after the upload, a Facebook page was created and has thus far amassed some 8,600 members. Some members of this Facebook group protested by holding signs in front of the MBC building in Yeouido, central Seoul, earlier this month. Response videos were also created by expats living in Seoul to oppose the show. One man with the ID "72daystar" said, "This is sort of a mischaracterization of the foreign community as trying to victimize young Korean women". He introduced himself as a faithful companion to his Korean wife for 11 years. He continued by saying "Of course, there are young foreign men in Korea who try to date pretty young Korean women. Who would be surprised by that? But we're looking at a smaller, smaller, smaller set to use an extreme. This is very offensive. It is hate mongering". Another video clip uploaded by "expatkerrie" says the show was "extremely xenophobic". In response to the outcry from non-Korean viewers over the show, Kim Ji-wan, deputy chief of "Saesangbogi Sisigakgak", said he couldn't understand why foreigners were offended. "We're receiving a lot of calls about the show but I don't understand what makes them angry. We all think the show is okay", said Kim in a furious tone during a phone interview the Korea JoongAng Daily. "I watched the show several times and you've probably noticed ? we said "Some" foreigners make trouble. "But why are all these foreigners making a fuss over it? Maybe because they have a guilty conscience", added Kim. The show was produced by independent production company All That Media, but the topic and outline for the show were decided and approved by MBC, according to Kim. MBC doesn't have a plan to apologize to non-Korean viewers of the show. The show, however, was problematic in the way it reported on the topic, according to JoongAng Ilbo columnist Noh Jae-hyun, who spent decades of years in journalism. He recently dealt with the show in his column for the JoongAng Ilbo."The title of the show was 'The Shocking Reality' but I was shocked by the show itself because it doesn't even stay true to the most basic tenents of journalism", wrote Noh. "The show was full of sensational narration and background music", Noh added.

More foreigners, more crime?Segments like this from MBC raise the question of the level of xenophobia in Korea. Couple that with the recent case of an ethnic Korean from China who brutally raped, killed and dismembered a Korean woman, the question looks more pressing. In fact, crimes of non-Korean residents are growing, but at a rate proportionate to the increasing immigrant population. According to National Police Agency, 5,221 crimes were committed by foreigners in 2002, when their numbers were 629,006, but the number went up to 10,164 in 2011, when 1.4 million foreigners were in the country. Some sensational headlines say Korea is no longer safe from crimes by foreigners - but crimes by non-Koreans are not that high compared to those comitted by Koreans. As of 2011, 525,469 Koreans committed violent crimes including murder, robbery and rape out of 50.7 million, which is the entire population of South Korea. By nationality, Chinese nationals committed the most crimes in 2011, Vietnamese came in second, other collected minorities came in third and Americans came in fourth, but the figures should be represented correctly, the National Police Agency says. "Chinese committed the most crimes, but it's hard to say most Chinese are bad. Since the population of Chinese foreigners living here is far higher than other nationalities, the number of crimes are relatively high", said an official from an investigation team dedicated to immigrant crimes. The taboo of interracial couplesKim, the mother of the 2-year-old boy living in Washington, is not the only one who felt cowed on dates. Park, who was born and raised in Korea but now lives in Australia, also feels like Kim even though she's lived in Sydney for about a decade. "Korean guys with negative views about my relationship with my boyfriend have lived in Australia for many years. A lot of them have more conservative views than people in Korea", said Park, who has been dating her Australian boyfriend for the past three years. "Korea has actually developed really fast, but our mindset has not caught up with our status, I think". Her Caucasian boyfriend, Brian Taylor, also thinks he receives negative stares from Korean men in Sydney. When asked if he was judged by Koreans just because he dates a Korean, he answered "Yes, all the time". "The show was utter rubbish. I would imagine young Koreans can see further than this media beat up". Then why do some Koreans have negative views of Korean women and white men together in relationships? Some say it harkens back to the Korean War (1950-53). According to a thesis entitled "Scapegoats of Divided Korea ? A Photographic View of Korean Women in the Military Camp Town" published last year by Park Jong-hyun and Min Byeong-wuk, "Koreans used insulting names like 'Western princess' to disparage women in the military camp town. It includes an attempt to hide the feeling of loss ? that men lost their sisters to other men". In such a racially homogeneous country - still the most homogenous in the world, in fact - it was hard to run across foreigners until American soldiers were stationed in Korea for the war. After the war, therefore, the primary image most Koreans had of white men and Korean women was negative. Most women who used to live around U.S. Army camps were prostitutes. Children from those couples were often abandoned as the U.S. soldiers left for their home country and the children ? the first multicultural children of Korea ? were dubbed half-breeds. "After all, such an image of white men and Korean women couples still lingers in our minds. And people often point the finger at Korean women", said Kwak Geum-ju, a professor of psychology at Seoul National University. "And many people still say Korean women are easy and slutty and white men are trying to use their counterparts, without knowing much about the couple".

Hwang Jung Eum Stocks a Snapshot of Herself Making ready for Wedding

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Hwang Jung Eum Stocks a Snapshot of Herself Making ready for Wedding

Hwang Jung Eum Stocks a Snapshot of Herself Getting ready for Weddingleejojoba February 12, 2016 0 On February 13, actress Hwang Jung Eum posted a photo of herself dressed in her wedding get dressed on her Instagram account.

In the photo, Hwang Jung Eum is having a look at the camera dressed ina marriageclothe and necklace in a dressing room. Apparently as although she is getting in a position for her wedding photo shoot.

She is looking out ever so beautiful as a bride-to-be appearing off her transparent and transparent complexion. Her collar bone and shoulder line exudes natural and blamelessattractivenessin additionattractive appeal.

ZE:A's Kwanghee hangs out with the Tripletsㅡ Min Guk and Guy Se!

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ZE:A's Kwanghee hangs out with the Tripletsㅡ Min Guk and Guy Se!

The singer currently shared the 2footage on his reputable Instagram and no longeremploying a explanation as to why Dae Han is missing! Meanwhile, in the photos, Guy Se sports a classy new gel part. He posted, "Cute triplets~~~."

Seo Eon and Search engine marketing Joon Are Overflowing With Tears on “The Go back of Superman”

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Seo Eon and Search engine marketing Joon Are Overflowing With Tears on “The Go back of Superman”

Seo Eon and Search engine optimization Joon Are Overflowing With Tears at theGo back of Superman”leejojoba February 12, 2016 0 The February 14 broadcast of “The Return of Superman” will air episode titled “Thanks for coming to me.”

In a in the past released still cut, comic Lee Hwi Jae and his twins Seo Eon and Seo Joon are noticed crying their eyes out in their living room.

SpoilerLee Hwi Jae asks Seo Eon and Seo Joon if they prefer Daddy. Yet they don’t resolutioninstantly and stay their silence. To show his disappointment, Lee Hwi Jae stuns the twins when he starts to weep loudly.

“Running Man” PD Discusses Ratings and Long run Direction of Show

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“Running Man” PD Discusses Ratings and Long run Direction of Show

Running Guy PD Discusses Ratings and Long run management of Display hellohalcyon February 12, 2016 0 You might have heard about the hot decline in viewer ratings for SBS Running Man. Recently, Running Man PD, Im Hyung Taek, sat down for an interview with Star News to discuss about the future direction for the show.

Its been six years since Running Mans first broadcast on July 11, 2010. Im Hyung Taek discussed the presentationswant for trade for the long run. He said, If reality exist told from my perspective, Running Man has replacedso muchin comparison to some two to 4 years ago. Most effective fourth dimension volition tell if it is going in the correct or wrong direction. He continued, I am getting taken aback when I tell the participants to rip off every others call tags. Its because they all know one another so smartly now. The solid and I agree that they wish to be thrown in unfamiliar environments.

Im Hyung Taek then explained how he stopped being worried about the viewer ratings some time back and as a result he discoveredanything special. He said, The function is to create quality, one via one. This weeks upcoming broadcast is a uniqueventure that calls to research a mystery. On the opposite handthere's aproscribingthing to the episode. You cant track into the show appropriatein the midst of its peak. For this reasonaudience dont just jump right into the broadcast. They rather watch it from the start in a rerun.

GOT7′s Jackson Has Hilarious Arm Wrestling Fit With Park Myung Soo

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GOT7′s Jackson Has Hilarious Arm Wrestling Fit With Park Myung Soo

GOT7s Jackson Has Hilarious Arm Wrestling Fit alongside Park Myung Sooleejojoba February 12, 2016 0 Group GOT7’s Jacksonhas a hilarious arm wrestling match with comic Park Myung Soo and walks away a winner.

The February 12 broadcast of KBS 2TV’s sort program “A Glance At Myself” featured entertainer Song Hae, announcer Jo Woo Jong, comedians Park Myung Soo, Lee Kyung Gyu, GOT7’s Jackson, and god’s Park Joon Hyung. They were givenin combination for a survival education for excessivebloodless weather.

That day, they made up our minds to have an arm wrestling match over black bean noodles. Jackson and Park Myung Soo’s match used to besomewhat comical. Park Myung Soo attempted his best possibleto hang out, yet Jackson ended up beating him in the end.

Watch: iKON’s B.I Talks About His Appearance on “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” as a Kid

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Watch: iKON’s B.I Talks About His Appearance on “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” as a Kid

Watch: iKONs B.I Talks About His Appearance on Yoo Hee Yeols Sketchbook as a Kidleejojoba February 12, 2016 0 iKON’s B.I revealed that he had seemed on “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” six years ago as a tender boy.

On the February 12 broadcast of KBS’s “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook,” love confession songs were highlighted. After the performance, B.I printed that he had seemed on “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” six years ago with MC Mong.

Yoo Hee Yeol joked and teased him saying, “You were so little then that you sat on MC Mong’s lap. Now, you’re all grown up. You’re ripping from yourdenims growing up so fast.”

Teen Best Verify 'Red Point' Excursion Stops In New York, Chicago, Dallas And Los angeles This April

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Teen Best  Verify 'Red Point' Excursion Stops In New York, Chicago, Dallas And Los angeles This April

The production corporate teamed up with T.O.P Media to make Teen Top's 2d U.S. tour possible. Kicking off the tour at the east coast on April 2 at the Playstation Theater in Big apple City, the community will be making their way west with Los Angeles as the remainingprevent on April 10.

With their contemporaryunmarried "Warning Sign," fanatics are certain to in spite of everythingpay attention the hit live along sidethe remainder of the songs off Red Pointand their old hits.

Who looks the maximum productive with purple hair among those feminine idols?

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Who looks the maximum productive with purple hair among  those  feminine idols?

Color dyeing the hairs in number ofcolours has been a fashion in South Korea for either male and feminine K-pop idols. Regardless of who beganthe fashion first, colors that could existthought to be wild for habitualfolkscan be attempted by way ofthose idols. Yet who looks the simplest in pink hair among female idols?

Koreaboo has gathered reactions from Netizens who commented at thenormal article from our Korean source. The beneath comments are the preferred comments at the time of this newsletter being published.

Past Korean political crusade VIDEO going VIRAL again

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Past Korean political crusade VIDEO going VIRAL again

Many videos cross viral again in spite ofno longer being new or a contemporary video because of the internet. Many past videos sooner than the virtual age also make it on the netbecause of the advancement of erapermitting tapes to be switched over to files at the computer. Also, new videos or dramas also make past comparable videos go viral again. Yet which past video is going viral again amongst Koreans?

In recent movie A Violent Prosecutor Kang Dongwon made many laugh with the Boombastick dance. The past political campaign video is gaining numerous attention for its dance as well.

The song is Bomba by Jessy Matador. The dance contains political campaigners dancing so tough that even bystanders couldnt assist but to join.

Netizens Stunned at contemporary footage of AOA Seolhyun

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Netizens Stunned at contemporary  footage of AOA Seolhyun

AOA Seolhyun has been the hot subject for enthusiasts and netizens after gaining numerous attention from the public. Because of her naturally darker skin than maximum idols, she has wongrievance from many netizens. Yet what may just netizens be speaking close to next that they consider one thing would have tooccur for AOA Seolhyun?

Originally posted on Pann, netizens speak about that one thing needs to happen after looking out at surprising photos of AOA Seolhyun.

84 / -14 This is what she acknowledged haha She said that folk criticize her for being dark and then for her whiteness when she applies make up like that.