28 November 2009

S.Korean man fined for racism against Indian

On July 10,Bonogit Hussain, a 29-year-old Indian man, and Hahn Ji-seon, a female Korean friend, were riding a bus near Seoul when a man in the back began hurling racial and sexist slurs at them.The man yelled racist comments and called "Arab! Arab!" at the Indian man while on a bus in July. The 31-year-old South Korean, identified only as "Mr.Park" had supposedly only objected to Bonogit Hussain talking loudly on a bus.

Mr Hussain had been in South Korea since 2007 and had studied for a master's degree from Seoul's SungKongHoe University, later working as a research professor there. However, this was not his first brush with racism. In crowded subways, people tend not sit next to him. In June, he said, he fell asleep on a bus and when it reached the terminal, the driver woke him up by poking him in the thigh with his foot, an extremely offensive gesture in South Korea.

“Things got worse for me this time, because I was with a Korean woman.” “Whenever I’ve walked with Ms. Hahn or other Korean women, most of the time I felt hostilities, especially from middle-aged men.”- Bonogit Hussain
The craze for a homogenous society is profuse in Korea. As a country often invaded by it's larger neighbours in the past, people focus is on “pure-blood” nationalism as well as traditional patriarchal mores, said Seol Dong-hoon, a sociologist at Chonbuk National University. Korean women who were taken as sex slaves to China centuries ago were shunned as tainted when they returned to Korea. The more recent tragedy of women sold to American G.Is during the Korean War of the 1950's were despised more and their children were referred to derogatorily as twigi, a term once reserved for animal hybrids,

Source - BBC

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